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Wake Up
By Jack Kerouac

Wake Up

A Life of the Buddha


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Wake Up by Jack Kerouac

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780670019571
ISBN-10: 0670019577
Format: Hardback
(210mm x 147mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Viking Books
Publisher: Viking Books
Publish Date: 18-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac(1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.

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