Wake Up

A Life of the Buddha
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (6.33 hours)
Product Number: Z100024699
Released: Oct 07, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415956076
Narrator/s: Danny Campbell
Publisher: Books on Tape
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In the mid-1950s Jack Kerouac, a lifelong Catholic, became fascinated with Buddhism, an interest that had a profound 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 book form, Wake Up is Kerouac's retelling of the life of Prince Siddartha 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. This edition includes an insightful introduction by Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman that addresses Keroauc's engagement with Buddhism in his work and his life.

Author(s): Jack Kerouac
Original Publish Date: Oct 07, 2008

All formats/editions

Author(s): Jack Kerouac
Product Number EB00398720
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9781440662355

Professional reviews

"Kerouac's Buddhist gospel is based on scriptures about the Buddha's life and teachings. Danny Campbell's slightly smoky voice--intelligent but unpretentious--fits this complex book by a sometimes difficult writer who, nevertheless, aims at appealing to the average listener. Campbell's expressive, clear, yet soft and intimate, delivery befits Kerouac's take on the Buddha, who speaks compassionately to a beloved disciple more often than he preaches to a crowd. But the material is full of difficult concepts, and foreign names and terms from Buddhist history and philosophy. Also, Kerouac quotes from outdated translations, making for awkward phrases and imperfect translations ("law" for "dharma"). Despite Campbell's efforts, and some profound passages, this spoken text remains hard to get into and, in places, hard to stay with. W.M. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"

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