Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny is not necessarily a book that would have caught my curiosity on its own. This book was actually given to me as a gift by my mother after she learned that it was a book that inspired Neil Gaiman to want to be a writer. I didn’t know what to expect going into this book, but I didn’t expect something entertaining, something inspiring. What I got was a story that, at first, I had a hard time wrapping my head around, but as I moved through it, I slowly came to an understanding.
This book follows the story of Sam, on who is called the Buddha in a world not quite like our own, but one ruled by gods who are determined to make the people of the world depend on them for eternity. Sam, however, has a different plan for the progression of mankind, which leads him into a battle against the gods.
This is one of those stories that I am certain I did not fully grasp on this first read through, one of those stories that will reveal so much more on a second or third read. Going into it without any idea regarding what it contained, I found myself confused halfway through. (I later discovered that this was due in part to the fact that the story is not told chronologically.) Trying to piece together the sections of the story, doing my best to comprehend where I was in time at any given point, detracted from my being able to devote my attention to the message of the story itself. By the time I reached the end, I wish I had paid more attention to Sam’s message, and the message of the gods presented in the story. This is my goal for my next read, to understand the text on a deeper level and not to get distracted by what is superficial.