Buddha: An Enlightened Life (Campfire Graphic Novels) Paperback – 11 July 2017
Paperback, 11 July 2017
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"A captivating story. . . 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." — Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, in Youth Services Book Reviews
"This title is an accessible, graphic introduction to the life and teachings of Siddhartha Gautama. . . Artwork is polished. . . This would be a high interest addition to biography and Dewey sections lacking information on world religions." — Jenny Gapp, Teacher-Librarian, in School Library Connection
"This biography has an adventurous, mythic feel yet never strays from relating the central tenets of Buddhism. The art is equally mythic, blending exquisite colors; beautiful, ornate line work; a clean narrative; and expressive characters in a way that evokes distant lands and times without being unfamiliar. Those interested in history, mythology, and spirituality, or anyone looking for an introduction to the Buddha and his teachings will enjoy this book." — Lucy Roehrig, Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., in Library Journal
"The illustrations are beautiful, perfectly encapsulating the emotions of their scenes. The characters are complex, the story is always fascinating, and it is great as a way of teaching newer generations about the origins of this religion that can now be found around the world." --Benedict Hutchinson, A Goblin Reviews Graphic Novels
"I highly recommend Campfire's comics. They do what they are intended to do and do it in a way that excites kids about classic literature." -- Chris Wilson, The Graphic Classroom
About the Author
Lines and colors have been a part of Rajesh Nagulakonda's life right from his childhood in Chirala, Andhra Pradesh. His grandfather was a goldsmith and his father a printer. Both of them influenced him to take up art as a career. Rajesh believes in instinct rather than education. He mostly spends his time alone trying to explore different forms of art, such as sculpture, nail-art on paper, metal engraving, and of course, painting. Rajesh lives in Delhi with his wife and two daughters and with dreams of becoming a versatile artist. Some of his Campfire titles are Magical Animals, Krishna, The Little Alien, Ganesha and Pride and Prejudice.
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- Publisher : Campfire (11 July 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9381182299
- ISBN-13 : 978-9381182291
- Reading age : 12 - 18 years
- Item Weight : 363 g
- Dimensions : 16.76 x 1.02 x 25.91 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
- Best Sellers Rank: #26,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This around 150 page book narrates Buddha's life from birth, to Nirvana through enlightenment. Story is told in a very simple yet powerful words. It progresses smoothly across pictures.
What makes this book different is marvelous illustrations. Use of same colors and hues and strokes makes the graphic novel very monotonous. sometimes But this illustrator has used different shades of colors for different scenes making it very effective in its rendition. The characters are visually distinct so that you don't need to go back to previous pages to check who this character is. The dialogues as well compliment well to the graphics so you can easily co-relate the characters. These things are very important in graphic novels.
Buddha's journey, in his quest for Truth, through extreme ritualism and austerity and then his final realization of middle path is vibrantly depicted, visually and verbally in some 20 pages, which many pages of a word book can not so profoundly convey. Kudos to the illustrator and the scriptwriter.
Recommended for 11+ years old.
This review is for Campfire's Graphic Novel Buddha: An Enlightened Life (ISBN 978-9381182291)