This is one of Jack Kerouac's several semi-autobiographical novels, documenting his adventures with Buddhist nomad friends. In this book, Kerouac climbs a mountain called Desolation Peak and experiments with meditation. Like his other works, it is written in post-modernist prose and reveals his naive and sentimental nature.
I find the Beatnik lifestyle appealing in theory, as well as the spirituality that Jack Kerouac explores in this book. Kerouac was extremely insightful, and he offered a unique perspective on the world that has greatly influenced American culture. The Dharma Bums is one of my favorite books, mostly for its spiritual content.