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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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    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 04-13-15
    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 04-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A very good listen!"

    This book is part travelog (through the midwest - somehow making places I never thought of visiting sound very appealing) and part story of possible awakening (I don't want to put in a spoiler).

    The author makes the character of the Rinpoche (not really a Buddha) believable and likable and the relationship between him and the narrator evolves in a very intriguing way. The story is compelling and though it is not the type of book I typically listen to, I was glad I got it!

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    Meredith 04-12-15
    Meredith 04-12-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Buddha"

    Enjoyed the book. Gave me lots of ideas to ponder. I would recommend it. Not "preachy" just makes you think.

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    connie ADVANCE, New Caledonia 04-11-15
    connie ADVANCE, New Caledonia 04-11-15
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    Story different, engageing and enjoyable. The Narrator had a harsh and distracting voice.

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    Zorgon the Great 04-11-15
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    "Spiritual rather than dogmatic."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Breakfast with Buddha to be better than the print version?

    I will try to explain what I mean by spiritual. If you are the type of person that is happy when your Jewish friends, Christian friends, Muslum friends, Buddhist friends and even your athiest friends have a path that works for them - you will love this book.If rather you want everyone on earth to believe what you believe, you won't.It is in a sense, a coming of age story, as the narrator comes to understand how learning how to be spiritual changes who we are. It is told as a kind of hero's quest, a literal journey and an inner one.Will you become a Buddhist?Probably not, because none of the characters is really Buddhist, but that's okay. The author would likely encourage that you find your own path, and that finding your own path, rather than simply believing a book, will make you a more understanding person - even the path of atheism.Understanding is much more important than agreeing, anywaySo perfect marks and if the preceeding words made sense, this will be a remarkable listen, and I hope you share what you think.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breakfast with Buddha?

    Sorry, the formatting got a little skewed on that, and it won't let me edit it, so imagine all the beautiful white space the editor ate is still there.


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    Aniello Marotta 04-09-15 Listener Since 2009
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    I enjoyed the book very much.
    I definitely suggest to listen or read the bock to anyone.
    Great experience .
    Thank you.

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    Chere Thomas San Diego, CA United States 04-09-15
    Chere Thomas San Diego, CA United States 04-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Delightful"

    An easy, delightfully fun and inspiring book that took me to a place away from the hustle and bustle of big city life, material things, labels and desires. This story was well told by a good and likable narrator.

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    "Volvo" Rinpoche Lights Up the Journey"
    Any additional comments?

    I thought this story might not work -- that it would not persuasively crack the shell of the wise- guy westerner's sophisticated superiority well- represented by Otto. But for me, Merullo's depiction of the Rinpoche, so deft and light-handed, was delightful, surprising and illuminating. And the first person narrative by Otto, though it became a bit didactic in the final scenes, showed enough skill, wit and creativity to strain the credibility of the role he was cast in as mere editor of other people's books, and not a writer himself. I enjoyed and learned from spending time on the road with Otto and Rinpoche and highly recommend this Audible version.

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    Amazon Customer Woodbridge, VA United States 04-08-15
    Amazon Customer Woodbridge, VA United States 04-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Didn't want it to end"

    Lovely story about an unlikely spiritual awakening. Made me smile and left me thinking. Awesome story!

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    SamanthaG Marietta GA 04-02-15
    SamanthaG Marietta GA 04-02-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Loved this book!"
    If you could sum up Breakfast with Buddha in three words, what would they be?

    Love, Family, Oneness


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can't choose between Otto and Rinpoche. Rinpoche is open to anything, has transcended anger and loves life - he has fun and is game for anything. (Goofy Golf?) Otto is a "good guy" and knows it, but he's still searching for "what it's all about" and doesn't know where to look.


    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice for Otto is kind and you know he's a "good guy." He has a cute and believable accent for the voice of Rinpoche.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were a lot of them....Otto's relationship with his wife and children, especially his daughter. You can tell he loves them and vice-versa. Also, when Otto figured out that his sister and Rinpoche were in love. Otto became very perceptive during the trip. Hilarious moment....Rinpoche on the beach in a Speedo.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a really good, tender, feel-good book. Also compelling and funny.

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    Bates Botting 04-02-15
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    "A good listen"

    Helpful insights into life's problems and an enjoyable story. Fantastic narration. Really added to the experience. Was enjoying it so much I was sorry to have it end.

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