Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Bardo” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


4.38  ·  Rating Details ·  16 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Suzanne Paola fuses the Tibetan bardo journey with Western epic tradition in ways that are both comic and harrowing. Bardo is the intermediate state after death when the soul wanders through the heavens and the hells while trying to avoid rebirth into samsara - the realm of the material - and reach nirvana. Paola presents a series of this life's bardo experiences: drug use ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published September 24th 1998 by University of Wisconsin Press
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Bardo, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Bardo

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jul 24, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the 2nd half of this book better than the first, by magnitudes. Someday I will re-read the book and see if this impression holds.
May 02, 2009 Marion rated it it was amazing
Once I learned in the preface what the term "bardo" meant, it all made sense: "Bardo is Tibetan for the Buddhist state of in-between, when the soul is between death and rebirth. According to Paola's prolog, the soul is tempted away from nirvana into reincarnation, synonymous with suffering. A reformed heroin addict, Paola has passed from the bardo of unremembering into the pain of consciousness, and her considerable descriptive powers are infused with both pain and delight."

The poems are awesome
Elizabeth J.
Positively stunning. I return to this book often.
Holly Ratcliff
Jun 25, 2015 Holly Ratcliff rated it liked it
Kinda melancholy.
Anne rated it it was amazing
May 19, 2009
Vanessa Ramos
Vanessa Ramos rated it really liked it
May 08, 2017
Derek rated it it was amazing
Oct 09, 2007
Christine rated it really liked it
Dec 15, 2007
Vanessa rated it really liked it
May 24, 2014
Michelle rated it it was amazing
Jun 28, 2016
Sara Krassin
Sara Krassin rated it liked it
Apr 17, 2016
Lynn rated it it was amazing
Jul 05, 2009
Armey Dean
Armey Dean rated it it was amazing
Sep 11, 2014
Manda Lea
Manda Lea rated it it was amazing
May 23, 2010
Michael Dean
Michael Dean rated it really liked it
Apr 28, 2012
Maya rated it it was amazing
Dec 28, 2007
Rachel rated it really liked it
Apr 10, 2009
Stef marked it as to-read
May 03, 2009
Rose is currently reading it
Sep 30, 2010
T. added it
Dec 10, 2010
Margie Franzen
Margie Franzen marked it as to-read
Dec 17, 2010
Adrian marked it as to-read
Mar 14, 2011
Lauren marked it as to-read
Apr 28, 2012
Oberlin Alumni
Oberlin Alumni marked it as to-read
Jan 25, 2013
Natassja marked it as to-read
Dec 28, 2014
Sharon marked it as to-read
Dec 13, 2015
Terry Everett
Terry Everett marked it as to-read
Jan 18, 2016
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »