Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
What did you like about the book? An able portrait of Siddartha, Guatama Buddha. Some parts are clearly abridged too far, such as the Prelude, which needs more information to make sense to the beginner. However, mostly this is a captivating story of how a pampered young prince, shielded from the world by his father, the king, decides to find enlightenment through his own devices. He abandons his royal family, wife and newborn son, and goes off into the world to make sense of human suffering. The reader learns of Siddartha’s trials and triumphs, a bit about the political world in which he lives, and how his wisdom became the basis for a religion. The illustration captures the reality of life in ancient Nepal/India, and the divinity of the budding Buddha.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Was this ancient region of the world really only populated by white dudes? This book makes it look that way.
To whom would you recommend this book? I’d give this to teens or adults who may enjoy an account of Buddha rendered in a popular, action-figure style.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Graphic non fiction, 294, or graphic fiction, for teens or adults
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: March 12, 2017