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Buddha, Volume 4: The Forest of Uruvela by Osamu Tezuka

By Osamu Tezuka

The Eisner and Harvey WinnerIn this fourth quantity of the award-winning picture novel biography, Buddha slowly discovers that his future lies in a course now not available to him. With fellow ascetics Dhepa who has whole religion within the purifying caliber of painful actual ordeals, and Assaji, who can are expecting everyone's demise to the hour, Buddha travels in the course of the country of Magadha into the woodland of Uruvela, the place the center course and Enlightenment wait past a chain of death-defying trials.Awake below the Pippala tree...

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And still the purple-red agony spilled helplessly out of me, from both ends, with no end in sight. ” gasped Ma, who tried to hold me down like a boated tuna as she barked for Dad to call an ambulance. Dad’s bewildered bloodshot eyes had now witnessed all there was to see. He did as he was told and rushed from the room. ” cried my mother, squeezing the crucifix that hung from her neck, trying to make sense of the war-torn scene. “Pie,” I managed to wheeze between convulsions. Please, Death, 28 • Puff come soon, I was praying to myself—the warmth of my mother’s arms cradling me all the way to heaven.

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We’d easily have another load ready. So we mostly just read and laughed and drank forbidden coffee, with gobs of nondairy creamer and fistfuls of sugar. Which directly brought up the dilemma of the bathroom in the basement. There were no lights in the basement, just a toilet and a roll of toilet paper, and you had to feel your way around in the dark, well aware that other things—rats, spiders, beetles, and probably scorpions—were feeling their way around in the dark with you, waiting for you to make a mistake, to fall perhaps, at which point they’d move in and skeletonize you by the time the toilet quit flushing.

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