Buddha, Volume 3: Devadatta

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The Eisner and Harvey Winner

The third volume of this epic graphic novel send Siddhartha further into a world mired in pain and suffering. The journey to peace and enlightenment looms far but bright.

Prince Siddhartha quickly learns that the monk's path is covered in thorns and self-abuses much more profound than shaving your head. His new companions Dhepa and Assaji accompany him to plague-ridden town, ruled by the ravashing Visakha. On a ...

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Overview

The Eisner and Harvey Winner

The third volume of this epic graphic novel send Siddhartha further into a world mired in pain and suffering. The journey to peace and enlightenment looms far but bright.

Prince Siddhartha quickly learns that the monk's path is covered in thorns and self-abuses much more profound than shaving your head. His new companions Dhepa and Assaji accompany him to plague-ridden town, ruled by the ravashing Visakha. On a different path filled with as many vararies is Devadatta, an orphan who learns only that bad almost always gets worse.

To strange cities, and dire prophecies...

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Editorial Reviews

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"A relentless page-turner boasting a cast of hundreds, Buddha: Volume 3: Devadatta concerns Siddhartha's earliest ordeals after he forswears his kingdom to lead a life of ascetic purity...Siddhartha's comtemplative life becomes a swashbuckling adventure." - Newsday

"Infused with humor and history, the epic of Siddhartha is perhaps Osamu Tezuka's crowning acheivement and illustrates why, without irony, Tezuka is referred to as 'The King of Japanese Comics'." -LA Weekly"Buddha is one of Tezuka's true masterpieces. We're lucky to have this excellent new edition in English." - Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics"In handsome volumes designed by Chip Kidd, the Vertical books present Tezuka at his best." - National Post

"Buddha is an engrossing tale. The armchair philosopher, the devout Buddhist, the casual manga fan - this book satisfies all with its tale of humanism through sequential art, and definitely earns its place on a bibliophile's bookshelf." -Anime Insider"This is one of the greatest acheivements of the comics medium, a masterpiece by one of the greats." -Artbomb.net"In Tezuka's world, the exquisite collapses into the goofy in a New York minute, the goofy into the melodramatic, the melodramatic into the brutal, and the brutal into the sincerely touching. The suprising result is a work wholly unique and downright fun." -Time Out NY"Tezuka's Buddha is a striking and memorable confluence of ancient wisdom and contemporary popular art." -Yoga Journal

Dan Nadel
It takes a while to adjust to the use of a drawing style usually associated with children's comics in this country, but Tezuka, who was a master of cartoon nuance, manages to cover all manner of emotion and story with wit and pulp instincts that make these mammoth volumes page-turners. Tezuka's history may be dubious, but as a great yarn about a boy called Siddhartha, his opus is hard to beat.
The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932234589
  • Publisher: Vertical, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2006
  • Series: Buddha Series , #3
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 939,989
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Osamu Tezuka (1928-89) is the godfather of Japanese manga comics. He originally intended to become a doctor and earned his degree before turning to what was then a medium for children. His many early masterpieces include the series known in the U.S. as Astro Boy. With his sweeping vision, deftly interwined plots, feel for the workings of power, and indefatigable commitment to human dignity, Tezuka elevated manga to an art form. The later Tezuka, when he authored Buddha, often had in mind the mature readership that manga gained in the sixties and that had only grown ever since. The Kurosawa of Japanese pop culture, Osamu Tezuka is a twentieth century classic.
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Table of Contents

1 The Prince 7
2 The Garden of Meditation 49
3 The Rapids 83
4 Yashodara 133
5 Migaila 171
6 The Four Encounters 217
7 Rahula 261
8 The Five Ascetics 299
9 Dawn of the Journey 341
10 The Death of Bandaka 369
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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    Tezuka Never Fails to Delight

    In the third volume of the American translation of Osamu Tezuka's epic "Buddha," we are introduced to the boy Devadatta who gives this volume its title. Truth be told, after having read the entire series, it is difficult to look back on a single volume and recall exactly what events comprised the plot and which things appeared in the other books. It is in this volume that we meet Devadatta as a child and, after having been raised by wild animals and meeting the hermit Naradatta, his journey to become the scheming villain of the later books is revealed.

    As with all of Tezuka's work, the storytelling moves along rapidly and the characters are all engaging and likable. Despite the villain that Devadatta becomes later on, the reason for his actions and way of thinking are explained in this book. One of the few downsides to the series as a whole for me, however, is that because so many characters populate it, it can be difficult to remember who is who. Nonetheless, even if it is difficult to separate one character from another in memory, during the actual experience of reading it doesn't really cause any bother.

    That aside, for Tezuka fans, the entire series of "Buddha" is can't-miss reading!

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