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Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel | [Roland Merullo]

Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"The skillful Merullo, using the lightest of touches, slowly turns this low-key comedy into a moving story of spiritual awakening." (Booklist)

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    Faisal Mohammad Abdullah Ahmad Karkari Kuwait, Kuwait Kuwait 05-01-13
    Faisal Mohammad Abdullah Ahmad Karkari Kuwait, Kuwait Kuwait 05-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Good read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Breakfast with Buddha to be better than the print version?

    The performance is amazing. The way the narrator change his voice to imitate the foreign language is so professional


    What other book might you compare Breakfast with Buddha to and why?

    Compared to other “seek yourself” books, this one is considered one of the best. Linking the ideas of the author with a story makes it very enjoyable journey.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't encounter a complete change after reading the book, but it really helped me with reviewing some aspect of my current “material” life.


    Any additional comments?

    worth the cost

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    robin 01-15-14
    robin 01-15-14
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    "So Boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I could not recommend this read to anyone I know


    Would you ever listen to anything by Roland Merullo again?

    Probably not


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Runnette’s performances?

    No. The monotone quality of his voice left the listener begging for any ounce of deflection.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Breakfast with Buddha?

    The first six chapters that I suffered through, couldn't to listen to more then that


    Any additional comments?

    If I said the writing of this book was lackluster, it would be a complement. I have never read of caricatures more boring . I kept waiting for something, ANYTHING to take a turn; however, by mid chapter six I realized that it wasn't going to.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Long 08-24-15
    Lori Long 08-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Charming and enlightening"
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    Deeply philosophical but at the same light hearted and funny. The characters were very different yet wonderfully complimentary. The reader was perfect!

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    tha_fultonz Olympia, WA USA 08-03-15
    tha_fultonz Olympia, WA USA 08-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    I received this book as a gift for my birthday. I love the story and the way it tied so much into my own life and my own questions and wonders. Brilliant!

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    donna yamasaki 07-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    Loved the overall story and the humor in the clashing of beliefs. Hearing the story unfold and hearing some of my own questions being asked made the story very interesting. I was laughing out loud several times during the book as I was visualizing the scenes.

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    liz 07-19-15
    liz 07-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "a beautiful story of change and acceptance and"

    awakening. I was really able to put faces to the characters thanks to a great marathon

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    A. LaFriniere Michigan 07-19-15
    A. LaFriniere Michigan 07-19-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Loved it!"

    Very interesting with two distinct voices. Life changing story. Highly recommend it for a beginner spiritual seeker or even those further down the path.

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    Danielle 07-18-15
    Danielle 07-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Struggled to finish"

    I think the story has a lot of promise, but the main character was very unlikable and I am not a fan of the writing style of the author. It was hard for me to finish the book. The baseline of the story is all that kept me going.

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    penny i. evans 07-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "still hungry"

    this is not my typical type ok book. i wasn't sure what to expect but i was not disappointed at all. it was funny, charming and well, a bit enlightening. i am looking forward to lunch with buddha and dinner also.

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    scott Columbia, Moldova, Republic of 07-02-15
    scott Columbia, Moldova, Republic of 07-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Subtle touches"

    I enjoyed the breezy narrative that was subversively moving Ringling along the path of being an expert about physical food and the consequent thirst to be ever vigilant to finding the perfect restaurant to be slowly moved to an acknowledgement of how spiritual starving he was for spiritual substance. His Rinpoche provides the spiritual gems by his way of being and rarely by conversation. The Rinpoche seems to be a bodhisattva of Love of all the Buddhas. Not a bad traveling mate for a firmly entrenched upper middle class companion!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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