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Kerouac's Buddha

Evan Brenner

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Wake Up: A Life Of The Buddha
By Jack Kerouac
New York: Viking Adult, 2008
160 pp., $24.95 (cloth)

Wake Up Life of the Buddha Jack KerouacTHERE IS NO definitive life of the Buddha. All biographers, all creative expressions of the Buddha’s life rely on story fragments—some old, some older—and anyone who takes up the challenge must construct his own tale. I think the Buddha would have welcomed this process, since, by his own declaration, his life was a worthy and fruitful subject of investigation and contemplation.

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