Never published in Kerouac's lifetime, this 1955 biography of the founder of Buddhism is a clear and powerful study of Siddhartha 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. Leaving his father's palace, Siddhartha adopts a homeless life, stuggles with his meditations, and eventually finds Enlightenment.
Written at a time when Kerouac had become increasingly interested in Buddhist teachings, this fresh and accessible biography is both an important addition to Kerouac's work and a valuable introduction to the world of Buddhism.
- Publication Date:
- 03 / 11 / 2008