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Osamu Tezuka
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La Vie De Bouddha (Buddha #2)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  2,619 ratings  ·  139 reviews
The second volume in an eight-volume set detailing the epic of Siddharta's life and times.
411 pages
Published (first published 1983)
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Riku Sayuj

It is fun, no point denying that. It is also far away from any Buddha narrative I am familiar with. This is an imaginative series filled with characters and events almost wholly invented, but that is not to say that it has no connection to the original -- Tezuka is a creative spirit at play here and he takes the most tenuous connections and spins wild yarns around them.

In the spirit of the Buddhist narrative tradition, it is the ideas that predominate; and the events are twisted, modified, dele
Jigar Brahmbhatt
There is great narrative control here. Osamu Tezuka is a first class artist, using graphic techniques to recount the life story of the Buddha with such exquisite and breathtaking command of the material that I ended up reading the 400+ pages manga in just one sitting, which is rare for me.

The story, which might be familiar to people interested in the life and teachings of the Buddha, is re-imagined by a man who seems to have a firm grasp on the subject and who also happens to be the godfather o
Sometime in the early 90s I picked up the Japanese series in bunkobon (small-format paperback; Goodreads has only one of those registered, so I'm listing the English versions instead). I recently found the set stashed away in some boxes, so I decided to read through it again.

Tezuka playfully inserts anachronisms from lots of periods, but especially modern times. And he uses comically ridiculous depictions throughout. It works for me. But if you're looking for straight-up historical fiction, thi
Tezuka's style is all over the place, jumping back-and-forth between the ancient world and modern anachronisms, between the horror of violence and comedic one-liners, between political and spiritual and quasi-erotic. The artwork too vibrates on a scale from scrawled doodles and abstractions to gorgeous splash pages of Indian architecture and lush nature—the trees are specially fantastic. All this makes for a fun read, though it's inconsistencies render it far from a masterpiece. And I really cou ...more
David Ramirer
gleichbleibend tolle qualität gegenüber volume I.
sehr schöne story, spannend erzählt mit lustigen eingestreuten anachronismen.
Sundeep Supertramp
Having read the first part in a day, I started reading this book the next chance I got.

I have basic idea of Buddha's story. When I small - smaller - I had watched this cartoon about the story of Buddha on how he was bound to the royal palace, how he came to know and question death, how he escaped the royal guard of the palace and finally, how came to enlighten? Basically, it was death that intrigued him on taking up the journey of enlightenment. I was equally clueless of death as the Buddha char
I am consistently impressed by Tezuka's ability to tell stories, and this one is particularly epic. The art is gorgeous, it was truly a captivating read.
However, I felt like this volume was strangely separate from the first one. After reading this, it's clear that the first volume in the series is as useful to the whole plot as Phantom Menace is to the Star Wars series, which is kind of disappointing, even though it was enjoyable in its own right.
Also, it's important to note that this volume in
Aug 11, 2007 Roos rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fiends
Shelves: comiculun
Yang kedua gak kalah seru, mengenai keinginan kuat Sidharta yang ingin menjadi Petapa demi untuk mendapatkan pencerahan guna menyelamatkan umat manusia, buku kedua ini Sidharta sangat penasaran dengan Arti Kematian...
Mar 19, 2015 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeff by: Kapilavastu
I'm easily bored by typical biographies. The dull, objective reportage of facts and dates about the great grandparents and the grandparents and the parents and then finally the subject of the biography is born. Vol 1 certainly couldn't be called "dull, objective reportage of facts," but the miracle birth doesn't happen til the very end, so for an impatient non-Buddhist such as myself, i strongly prefer v2 simply because it's mostly focused on Siddhartha. I'll have to buy the series.

Take this tri

The second volume continues 10 years later, after we see Tatta eat his meal, we go into a palace that he camps on the outside of and see a young prince Siddhartha who wants a toy that some young Shudra (slave) boys are being chased out for being caught eating vaisya (commoner) food. The prince is taught the levels of caste, the highest being Brahmin. After his short lesson he's escorted to the "play room", which is more suited for an adult, when he falls a
The second "chapter" of the Buddha series follows Siddhartha Gautama to young-adulthood. He is a weak boy, who is bored with his lavish lifestyle. Even during parties Siddhartha always falls asleep. The young prince is very unhappy with his life, and this part of the story is where he chooses the path of enlightenment.

Tatta, the young boy who can posses the talent to "take over" the mind of animals, kidnaps Siddhartha (Buddha) from his castle to show him the real world. While he is kidnapped he
Really 3.5 stars.

The second entry in the novelization of the Buddha's life takes us through Siddhartha's youth spent as a prince. He meets a mysterious Brahmin who tells him he is destined to help the whole world, not rule a single kingdom. Siddhartha is weak, frequently sleeps, and has visions. He is discontent as a prince yet reluctant to abandon his people. On an adventure outside the castle walls he meets a grown-up Tatta and falls for a slave woman, Migaila. Conflict between what he believe
Selesai! ^^

Di buku kedua ini dikisahkan masa kanak-kanak Siddhartha sampai mencapai usia dewasa muda (young adult?).
Di sini, Siddharta muda mengalami berbagai peristiwa menarik dan cobaan hebat dalam kehidupannya di seputar istana.
Siddhartha mendapat ramalan tentang takdirnya dari seorang rahib hebat nan misterius. Dia kemudian juga sempat bertemu dengan Tatta, si bocah ajaib yang sekarang sudah dewasa, dan mengalami masa-masa abg dan jatuh cinta sama si perampok cantik, Migaila.
Polemik kehidupa
With Siddhartha finally taking center stage in his own story, Tezuka has a solid anchor around which to hang his typical concerns, and this book is stronger than the first volume for it. Tezuka also tones down (but does not completely eliminate) his trademark bizarre humor and his fondness of anachronisms and breaking the fourth wall. Here, Tezuka devotes most of his time to the character development of Siddhartha, who begins the book as a physically weak child, prone to illness and sleep, and e ...more
Again, I was interested and engaged in the story, but something near the end of the book totally threw me. This time was worse than with the first book, because this time it was SO OFFENSIVE! Bandaka f**** a woman, who in contrast to all the other women in the book (tiny, identical, bare-breasted) is large, bare-breasted, and looks more inflated than fat. He then literally bounces her on the ground and says "I love chubby girls that I can bounce around like a beach ball." For some reason this al ...more
Tyler Hill
After waiting in the wings for the majority of Volume 1, Siddhartha finally emerges at the central character in Volume 2 of this series. And, for the most part, this volume is stronger for it.

That said, this volume is actually thematically a little more challenging than Volume 1 also because it largely deals with Siddhartha's decision to turn his back on his life as a Prince and become a monk. In most regards this is a noble decision, but it also involves him effectively walking out on his wife
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Nach Chapras Tod zieht die Geschichte weiter - Tatta hat seine Körpertauschfähigkeit perfektioniert und nutzt sie, um der Sklavin Migaila zu helfen, den von ihr geliebten Siddharta heiraten zu dürfen. Doch sowohl der neidische Bandaka als auch das Schicksal haben etwas gegen diese Ehe...

In diesem zweiten Band der Reihe kommen wir nun der Hauptperson etwas näher. Siddharta wird langsam erwachsen und erkennt die Schwierigkeiten, die die Menschen plagen - das Leid, de
This is the second installment in Tezuka's Buddha collection. It is every bit as good as the first. If you're someone who enjoys graphic novels and wants a quick lesson on Buddha, definitely check it out.

These are great. They're funny without being irreverant. They're insightful without being patronizing. They're artistic without being cliché or overly artsy.

The second volume takes you into the life of young Siddhartha. There were several of the stories I was familiar with - Siddhartha being rai
Nico Okada
Siddharta beranjak sepuluh tahun dan mulai melihat dunia luar dari Kapilawastu, dengan diri yang tercengang dan mulai pengembaraan singkat pertama dibalut tubuh yang lemah sakit-sakitan. Pengalaman Siddharta kecil pertama bertemu dengan Tatta, serta jatuh cinta pertama kalinya dengan wanita muda yang kasar pada visual namun sangat penuh tulus cinta kepadanya sehingga rela buta.
Inilah awalan dari pengambaran guratan tangan melalui imaji seorang Osamu Tezuka mengenai kisah Buddha. Rincian drama te
Tezuka's Buddha series plays with the historical and canonical version of events in the story of the founding of Buddhism, throwing in modern, non-specific references to 80s culture and energizing the action sequences with manga's fast-moving plots and panels. Tezuka's narrative lacks cohesion, and his chosen medium makes it almost impossible to explore the characters in a deep or expansive way.


Siddhartha is the perfect surrogate for the reader, the one searching for answers and genuine cl
If all manga was like this series, I would read a lot of manga. This is just such a great series - funny and well-written. The drawings may not be anything special but some of them are beautiful and I like the simplicity of the rest. But it's the story that draws me into this.

In the volume, we follow the young prince Siddharta - Buddha-to-be. We follow his struggles with understanding his place in the world - especially after an incident in his young life where one of his friends kills a rabbit
David Schaafsma
I liked this better than the first volume, because we now see the Buddha growing up, childhood through adolescence, seeing how he separates himself from his (apparent) destiny to become king, and marry in caste, to his rejection of caste, to his destiny to become a monk. His spiritual, ideological transformation, in part through connections to ascetics and other wise men he meets who all seem to know from the start that he is special, Going to be Great, most can see it. I'm also sort of seeing l ...more
Jo Bennie
The young Prince Siddhartha, the boy who will one day become the Buddha, is growing up, baffled by the stark contrast between the privileges of his life as heir to the throne and those of people around him in a society viciously controlled by caste. He becomes aware of the realities of suffering and death that he has been so assiduously sheltered from, and begins to question the assumed order of his world. Falling in love with a pariah tragedy strikes and Siddhartha increasingly battles with the ...more
Laura Zurowski
After my favorable experience with volume one in this series, I decided to make the commitment of continuing on and this second story, The Four Encounters, did not disappoint!

As I mentioned in my review of Kapilavastu, a challenge I needed to overcome was my initial ambivalence to the graphic artwork style. With that impression overcome and accepted, the multiple layers of story-line and characters were much easier to enjoy and remember.

Occasionally, there are some character dialog choices that
Nicolo Yu
I rescued this copy of Osamu Tezuka's Buddha volume 2 from Booksale recently. A hardback edition with a badly creased cover and faulty binding without its jacket if it had one.
I've heard some raves about this series and I figured this could be a great introduction into the original manga god that is Tezuka. Reading it feels familiar. No wonder, I've already been acquainted with Tezuka's work since I was old enough to enjoy cartoons, having watched Kimba the White Lion.
The book itself, is great.
I read this during a slow day at the YA desk downtown. Thick book, but very easy to read.

Most of the time. Because unlike book one, which was full of action and plot development, Tezuka starts including deeper discussion and stories regarding Buddhist thought. More stuff that demands a reader to sit and think a bit about the ramifications -- or even to decipher the author's intent: many sequences are practically dreamlike, where the reader follows Siddharta into meditative states, or they are dr
this is interesting particularly because Siddhartha is protrayed as an obnixous brat. i'm not really sure if that's the intention, but he certainly comes across as a pill of a child and a jerk of a husband. i was against it at first, but now i think it's actually fairly astute if you are making the point that Siddartha Gotama was just a man who finally found a way - thru faith and hard work - to nirvana and became famous for being the first really successful one to bring his ideas about it to ot ...more
Sheila Rooswitha
This second edition is about the early life of Siddharta, and his struggle to find the true meaning of life. As a royal prince, he never experienced any discomforts in his life. His father Suddodhana, The King of Kingdom Kapilavastu, always pampered him with luxury and high-style hedonism, and prevented him from seeing adversity of life. The wary prince always sought to escape from being imprisoned in such artificial reality, hence the rebellious acts continued. Eventually, he encountered four i ...more
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
It is hard to say whether it's a good thing or a bad thing reading Tezuka's Buddha manga without really knowing very much about Buddhism. On the plus side, I am actually genuinely shocked by twists and turns in the story that those more in the know probably already know about. On the minus side, I don't really know which characters or incidents are actually from the old legends and which are Tezuka's own creations. But being too concerned about that would dampen my enjoyment of a good read.
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Dr. Osamu Tezuka (手塚 治虫) was a Japanese manga artist, animator, producer and medical doctor, although he never practiced medicine. Born in Osaka Prefecture, he is best known as the creator of Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion. He is often credited as the "Father of Anime", and is often considered the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney, who served as a major inspiration during his f
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Buddha (8 books)
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