Thursday, May 15, 2008

Graphic Novel Spotlight: Buddha

by Osamu Tezuka
Vertical Press, 8 vols.

Osamu Tezuka, the godfather of modern Japanese Manga, wrote this phenomenal biography of the life of Siddhartha. Each volume follows the life of the Buddha from birth to enlightenment to death. Buddha is loaded with colorful characters and filled with some of the most amazing storytelling you will ever read. Volume 4 is my absolute favorite, because the enlightenment scene was awe inspiring. It gave me chills. The story is totally riveting. It's full of war, political intrigue, contemplation, and the occasional strange events that make up religious histories. I read all eight volumes in a week, and that is no small feat for someone who reads as slow as I do.

Swing by the branch and check it out. You'll be glad you did.

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