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)
The performance is amazing. The way the narrator change his voice to imitate the foreign language is so professional
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.
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.
worth the cost
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!
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.
Very interesting with two distinct voices. Life changing story. Highly recommend it for a beginner spiritual seeker or even those further down the path.
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.
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.
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!
Great storyline coupled with moments of pause for thought and reflection on ones own life. Not pushy or overbearing, more so a discussion on life and the importance of stepping back from the usual humdrum of life to appreciate the beauty and calm surrounding us everyday.
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