Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra was a gift both in actuality and for the lessons it left me with.
This is an interesting work of historical fiction as it follows the life of a saint which many o us know little about. Though to be honest after reading the book I am not sure I know much more, though I got a taste of what his life must have been like. This novel has certainly intrigued me enough that I want to learn more, which I gather from the epilogue was the author’s intention.
For me the best part of this novel was when we followed the monk Gautama. The lessons he learned as he searched for enlightenment will stay with me, particularly the harsh lesson regarding saintly behaviour in Chapter 12.
All in all this was a good read which gives a brief and fictional glimpse into the life of one of the most peaceful men who ever lived and the beginnings of a religion based around lifestyle instead of worship. Thus I recommend it.