Buddha by Deepak Chopra was the final element to the most generous and thoughtful bag of birthday gifts I received this year; the moment when I got to peruse Indigo and choose any book that caught my fancy. I think I spent over an hour selecting novels at random to read a few paragraphs, checking out favourite novelists sections to see if anything new came out and just wandering before I headed over to the self-development section and found Buddha (the final part of that sentence was fun to write).
I think I have mentioned before that I love historical fiction both as both a great case study of character and as (for me) the best and most enjoyable way to learn about our shared history.
Thus the incredible appeal of this book: character case study, Buddha! Shared history, the story of Buddha! Now take the author, Deepak Chopra, into consideration; a modern day Buddha – translated to mean someone who is awake – artfully telling the story of THE Buddha in all three stages of his storied life; Siddhartha the Prince, Gautama the monk and finally as Buddha the Compassionate. Win, win!
I have just begun this book and have met Buddha’s warrior king father, his mother who was the absolute object of his father’s love and a host of other characters, some who lived and some who Deepak Chopra created for the telling of this story. I am beyond intrigued.
Sometimes as a reader I pick up a book and realize that it is going to be wonderful. I feel that now. It could be the topic. It likely is the blending of my two main reading interests: historical fiction and self-development. It could just be the first few pages of Deepak Chopra’s writing. Whatever it is I am eager to get into this read.