When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way. From a chocolate factory in Hershey to a bowling alley in South Bend, from a Cubs game at Wrigley field to his family farm near Bismarck, Otto is given the remarkable opportunity to see his world---and more important, his life---through someone else's eyes. Gradually, skepticism yields to amazement as he realizes that his companion might just be the real thing. In Roland Merullo's masterful hands, Otto tells his story with all the wonder, bemusement, and wry humor of a man who unwittingly finds what he's missing in the most unexpected place.
©2007 Roland Merullo (P)2011 Tantor
"The skillful Merullo, using the lightest of touches, slowly turns this low-key comedy into a moving story of spiritual awakening." (Booklist)
I think there were some good messages but they were buried in too much detail about the food the author ate. The author was way too self involved for my taste. He came off arrogant and self important.
I bought this audiobook not knowing what it was. Fiction? A prayer book? Religious book? I admit I struggled starting the book but I soon became hooked. I have had the same issues with religion as the main character. it is important to note that a good or great life can become so much more fulfilling.
It's a story about the value of family, friendship, and individual world view. How are you Being in our ever changing world? This will help you to examine your perspective without suggestion or judgement. Nice story.
father who has dabbled in yoga and meditation. the metaphysical has always been an interesting subject to me.
The conversations in this book are so well done it's as if you are a fly on the wall and hearing amazing honest back and forth between two very well made characters. Merullo does an excellent job teaching you Buddhism without actually teaching you Buddhism. It is a great story and has an amazing message. There I used excellent three times and BOOM amazing also three times in this review.
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It was a lovely story that I had trouble pulling myself away from. Made me think about life and how we behave and react affects our life and being. Closest I've been to pondering faith in a very long time.
This is a nicely written novel that I found both entertaining & gently thought provoking. I left the Midwest decades ago, but the author's descriptions brought various pleasant memories back to me, quite in addition to enjoying this unique twist to a road trip story.
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