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Wake Up: A Life of the Buddha
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Though raised Catholic, in the early 1950s Jack Kerouac became fascinated with Buddhism, an interest that would have a profound impact on his ideas of spirituality and their expression in his writing from Mexico City Blues to The Dharma Bums. Published for the first time in book form, Wake Up is Kerouac's retelling of the story of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who as a young man abandoned his wealthy family and comfortable home for a lifelong search for Enlightenment. As a compendium of the teachings of the Buddha, Wake Up is a profound meditation on the nature of life, desire, wisdom, and suffering. Distilled from a wide variety of canonical scriptures, Wake Up serves as both a concise primer on the concepts of Buddhism and as an insightful and deeply personal document of Kerouac's evolving beliefs. It is the work of a devoted spiritual follower of the Buddha who also happened to be one of the twentieth century's most influential novelists. Wake Up: A Life of the Buddha will be essential reading for the legions of Jack Kerouac fans and for anyone who is curious about the spiritual principles of one of the world's great religions.
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        Kerouac, Jack. Wake Up: A Life of the Buddha. Viking. Sept. 2008. 146p. REL~Though raised a devout Catholic, Kerouac became entranced by Buddhism after discovering Dwight Goddard's A Buddhist Bible in a public library. This offers for the first time in book form Jack's take on the Buddha's life and principle teachings.--Mike Rogers, LJ/LJX.

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        There is surely no want for works treating the life of the Buddha; biographies and fictionalized accounts abound, including many better than this as literature (e.g., Herman Hesse's "Siddhartha"), as history (e.g., "Karen Armstrong's Buddha"), or as theology. Nevertheless, fans of the Beats and students of Kerouac in particular will welcome, long after his death in 1969, this apparent first publication, in book form, of his interpretation of "Gotama Buddha's life as represented in Asvhaghosha's 'Buddha-Charita' and in Narasu's 'Life of the Historic Buddha' with adornments and re-arrangements." Kerouac and his fellow Beats identified closely with those inhabiting society's margins. Buddhism's inherent sympathies doubtless influenced Kerouac in his explorations of the lives of the downtrodden in his "On the Road" and "The Subterraneans", evidenced by a substantial literature including Ellis Amburn's "Subterranean Kerouac: The Hidden Life of Jack Kerouac". Though not a particularly pleasant or straightforward read, as the "Buddha" occasionally sounds a bit like Yoda, this book is highly recommended to join Kerouac's oeuvre, including his other book on Buddhism, "Some of the Dharma", in academic libraries and the literature collections of larger public libraries.James R. Kuhlman, Univ. of North Carolina at Asheville Lib.

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