The New York Times
Samsara Dogby Helen Manos, Julie Vivas
For we are all travelers on the wheel of life. We halt we pause and take new births. Samsara Dog lived many lives. Some of his lives were long. Some lasted only a few days. Dog never remembered them. He lived each life as it came until he learned the most important lesson of all. Based on Buddhist concepts of Samsara and Nirvana this moving story about love and life death and dying will touch every reader.
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"Dog lived each life as it came until, finally, he learned the most important lesson of all." A parable of the Buddhist belief in reincarnation adapted from the eighth-century writings of Shantideva, this story describes eight lives of a brown dog. Readers see him first as a feral animal in an urban jungle, alone and trusting no one. His following lives, though, gradually come to contain more love and kindness, until in his final life he is the faithful companion to a blind boy. This is where he learns the highest type of compassion, after which he leaves Samsara (the cycle of birth and rebirth) and enters Nirvana. The writing is smooth, and the circumstances of the dog's various lives are interesting-he rides with a wild motorcycle gang, he's a sniffer at an airport, and he learns to juggle with a street performer. Vivas's distinctive watercolors are done with her usual skill. Soft colors and beautiful, flowing lines range in mood from dramatic (the craggy cliffs surround him as a rescue dog, where he feels loneliness for the first time), to sweet (when he's with four little girls who dress him up and feed him cream puffs), to unabashedly tender in Dog's final life. This title has grace and style.
Lauralyn PerssonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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