Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums Chapter 1 in one sentence

A gondola, the kind of open-topped freight train vehicle Ray hops out of Los Angeles

Your assignment for today was to read Chapter 1 of The Dharma Bums. Below is my one-sentence summary -- post yours as a comment. I'd also love to see general comments about the chapter, or questions.

The Dharma Bums Chapter 1 in one sentence:
After a long journey from Mexico, our narrator, Ray, hops a freight out of Los Angeles on the way to San Francisco, meeting a thin old little bum -- who carried and read daily a prayer by Saint Teresa -- who he shares his food and wine with before they go their separate ways in Santa Barbara after which Ray camps alone by the ocean in the sand at the foot of a cliff and enjoys some hot food, all the while contemplating the void from a Buddhist perspective.  

Your next assignment is to read The Dharma Bums Chapter 2 and be prepared to post a one-sentence summary.

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