Monday, January 21, 2019

Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums Chapter 24 in one sentence

Real-life Sean Monahan (Locke McCorkle) at age 82 in April 2012 standing on the hill behind his house where his shack used to stand
(c) 2012 Gerald Nicosia

Your assignment for today was to read Chapter 24 of The Dharma Bums and summarize it in one sentence. 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 24 in one sentence:
Ray arrives at the Corte Madera home of joyously living carpenter Sean Monahan, whose rustic 3-room cabin (where Japhy is staying in one room) sits high on the hill behind Sean's house, Ray starts a pot of New England beans on the shack's woodstove, Japhy arrives after work and tells Ray about all the parties they will have there, Ray learns that all he has to do for his "keep" is cut firewood, Japhy tells Ray about Desolation Peak where Ray will be stationed as a fire lookout that summer, they discuss Japhy's disenchantment with Zen, Japhy tells Ray his sister Rhoda is in town, Ray and Japhy get a little out of sorts so Ray meditates outside in the trees, and in the morning Ray awakes to Japhy yelling, "Come on, boy, your pancakes are ready!" accompanied by the Buddhist "I take refuge in . . . " chant.  

Your next assignment is to read The Dharma Bums Chapter 25 and post a one-sentence summary.

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