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Wake Up

A Life of the Buddha

Jack Kerouac - Author

Robert Thurman - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780143116011 | 224 pages | 27 Oct 2009 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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Jack Kerouac’s profound meditations on the Buddha’s life and religion

In the mid-1950s, Jack Kerouac, a lifelong Catholic, became fascinated with Buddhism, an interest that had a significant impact on his ideas of spirituality and later found expression in such books as Mexico City Blues and The Dharma Bums. Originally written in 1955 and now published for the first time in paperback, Wake Up is Kerouac’s retelling of the life of Prince Siddhartha Gotama, who as a young man abandoned his wealthy family and comfortable home for a lifelong search for enlightenment. Distilled from a wide variety of canonical scriptures, Wake Up serves as both a penetrating account of the Buddha’s life and a concise primer on the principal teachings of Buddhism.

"[Wake Up] contributes significantly to the fascinating picture of Kerouac's spirituality."
-Jonah Raskin, The Beat Review