Buddha by Deepak Chopra
Once again, Chopra brings to life an historic figure of faith, giving us a view of the humanity, the struggles and the triumphs of Buddha. It is a fascinating story of Prince Siddhartha, who takes on the monk’s life as Gautama, and eventually becomes Buddha, the enlightened one. We become acquainted with the key individuals in Buddha’s life - his father, King Suddhodana; his wife, Yashodhara; their son, Rahula; his archenemy, Devadatta; and his close friend, Channa.
I enjoyed the story – was entertained and learned some things – what I love about historical fiction! I feel I now have some understanding of this important figure in religious history. There is an epilogue and 6 page practical guide to Buddhism which I found to be useful. And Chopra’s storytelling skills are excellent, plenty of intrigue with the conflict between Siddhartha and Devdatta. I have also read Chopra’s novels about Jesus and Muhammad and found them all fast paced and easy to read.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical biographical novels, is interested in Buddha or Buddhism, or who would just like to be entertained by an inspiring story.