Wake Up: A Life of the Buddha
Never before published in Kerouac's lifetime, this 1955 biography of the founder of Buddhism is a clear and powerful study of Siddartha Gautama's life and works. Wake Up recounts the story of Prince Siddhartha's royal upbringing and his father's wish to protect him from all human suffering, despite a prediction that he would become a great holy man in later life. Departing from his father's palace, Siddhartha adopts a homeless life, struggles with his meditations, and eventually finds Enlightenment.
Written at the end of Kerouac's career, when he became increasingly interested in Buddhist teachings, and collected for the first time in one book, this fresh and accessible biography is both an important addition to Kerouac's work and a valuable introduction to the world of Buddhism itself.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - StephNicole0413 - LibraryThing
Jack Kerouac gets to me after a while. He's interesting to listen to for a while, but at a certain point you have to turn him off. Love his books, but just couldn't get through the last bit of this one :/ Read full review
WAKE UP: A Life of the BuddhaUser Review - Kirkus
A fan's notes on the Awakened One.Iconic Beat writer Kerouac, whose On the Road celebrated its 50th anniversary with suitable fanfare last year, took a modest interest in Buddhism while hanging out ... Read full review