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Buddha, Volume 5: Deer Park by Osamu Tezuka

Buddha, Volume 5: Deer Park

by Osamu Tezuka

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This volume is almost entirely comprised of pain and misery. The two main story arcs are Tatta becoming a warrior to fight the giant, Yatala, to settle the dispute between Magadha & Kosala (which just can't end well), and the story of Buddha's time in Deer Park, where he runs into Dhepa with a group of monks also undergoing ordeals (this can't end well, either.)

Story is still amazing, art is still fantastic, this segment of the plot is a little painful, can't wait for the next one! ( )
  greeniezona | Sep 20, 2014 |
Book ends on an interesting crossroad - Prince Crystal (of Kosala with Sudra mother)shamed by Buddha (he also saves his life), Thatta denied from killing Prince when he could, a vengeance (to avenge Chapra and his mother) that he lived for and Dhepa who had reviled Buddha, saved by transfusion of Buddha's own blood.

Eager to read more. ( )
  poonamsharma | Apr 6, 2013 |
Volume 5 goes into details about Devadatta's exploits. He does not, to put it lightly, avail himself especially well. He engages in deception, poisoning, framing people for murder and the like. Tatta's life continues to engage me and I find him to be a fairly complex character. Migaila's travails continue and it just seems that she can't catch a break. Dhepa's character gets even more confusing (in a good way) and it's hard to figure him out. At times, he represents some really noble ideals, but he's coming to represent a pretty rigid and unyielding asceticism. It's increasingly difficult to write about these separate volumes because it is meant to be taken as a whole. As such, please see my earlier entries for more information. ( )
  dmcolon | Jul 13, 2008 |
A delightful take on the life of the Buddha. I would not use it in a research paper, but the graphics catch the eye, and the plot keeps you reading. ( )
  Arctic-Stranger | Jun 8, 2007 |
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In this fifth volume of the fictional biography of Siddhartha, Gautama Buddha, Prince Siddhartha undergoes hardship and ordeals in his search for enlightenment.

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