Breakfast with Buddha

Breakfast with Buddha

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by Roland Merullo
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Louisville Courier Journal
"A laugh-out loud novel that’s both comical and wise…balancing irreverence with insight."—The Louisville Courier-Journal
Carolyn See
Please don't be put off when I describe this pleasant, engaging novel as a sermon. I admit I was put off during the first 50 pages or so, when I realized what I was in for, but I got to liking Breakfast with Buddha more and more as I went along and was very sorry when it ended.
—The Washington Post
The Washington Post
A "pleasant, engaging novel . . . I got to liking Breakfast With Buddha more and more as I went along and was very sorry when it ended . . . it's such a sweet formula! . . . On finishing this book, I decided that Roland Merullo would be a great guy to take a road trip with."--Carolyn See of the Washington Post
— Carolyn See
Booklist
"The skillful Merullo, using the lightest of touches, slowly turns this low-key comedy into a moving story of spiritual awakening."—Booklist
Providence Journal
"A wonderful, heartfelt novel that frequently surprises as we're lulled by the sights and sounds of the open road"—Providence Journal
Boston Globe
"Enlightenment meets On the Road in this witty, insightful novel."—The Boston Sunday Globe
Christian Science Monitor
"[Merullo's] gift is slipping gentle spiritual lessons into easy-reading narratives…with such effortless charm."—The Christian Science Monitor
Seattle Times
"Insightful, amusing, loving…There are lovely moments of enlightenment that are not accompanied by angels with flaming swords; rather, there is that peaceful blue sphere that is available to all of us."—The Seattle Times
The Washington Post - Carolyn See
A "pleasant, engaging novel . . . I got to liking Breakfast With Buddha more and more as I went along and was very sorry when it ended . . . it's such a sweet formula! . . . On finishing this book, I decided that Roland Merullo would be a great guy to take a road trip with."—Carolyn See of the Washington Post
From the Publisher
"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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565126169
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date:
08/26/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
64,117
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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

Meet the Author

Roland Merullo is the critically acclaimed author of five books of nonfiction and twelve novels, including the Revere Beach Trilogy, Golfing with God, Breakfast with Buddha, The Vatican Waltz, and Dinner with Buddha. He lives with his wife and children in Massachusetts. His website is www.rolandmerullo.com.

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Breakfast with Buddha 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
wakemon More than 1 year ago
First, it's not for everybody. If you are reasonably open minded, it is an enjoyable cross-country trip that explores growing your spiritual awareness. This book is for readers who enjoy meta-fiction and have a life is a journey mind-set. It doesn't push any dogma or belief. It really just recommends you relax, clean up, and open up, while presenting a light quick, easy read. I enjoyed it. It made me think. John
Arrrrrggggh More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book so much, I devoured it mindfully, at a slow pace, being such a brief book I steeped myself in the story. I read a lot of non-fiction, so I really enjoyed this little book as it was right up my alley. It is a good book.
KSQ More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure about this book until after I had read the first 45 to 50 pages. From then on every page was a treat. When I had to put it down and do something else, I found there was a smile on my face and in my heart. It is also very thought provoking. This is a book that I will read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book. Makes you think about choosing good, quieting the anger and all of the superficial things that life throws your way every day. I've felt my mind relax over the past couple of days and find that I am taking deeper breaths and letting the constant roar of my thoughts float by.
SvenKnine More than 1 year ago
Fun easy read. Loved it. Read it with a book club. Everyone liked it. It is the kind of book that you don't want to put down. From the first page it is entertaining. If you like food, road trips and peace this is the book for you. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
DoctorJS More than 1 year ago
The cover picture tells it all. The book is fun and serious at the same time. The message is "Lighten up. Life is too short. Keep things in balance. And most of all, don't take yourself too seriously." A tale of fiction covering the deepest truths. Read it!
Kanzeon More than 1 year ago
I found the book to be delightful - and thought provoking. In a gentle manner, Merullo asks the question "Why so angry?" Why today, in America, people seem to be angry over so many issues and non-issues. What is underneath that we are not addressing and how can we recover. This book is an excellent journey toward personal healing and renewal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
easy to read yet thought provoking
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a light hearted, slightly comical story ending with a slight twist. Not the best book I've ever read but still worth reading. I'd recommend it
Drewano More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good book. I was hoping for something a bit more funny when I picked this up, and while I found it amusing it wasn’t as funny as I hoped, but overall I found it to be a nice story which really provides some food for thoughts and some great life lessons. I’m sure I’ll pick up the next two books in the series!
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An interesting story about a road trip with two unlikely passengers.
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dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure how I heard about this book or why now instead of earlier, but her I am. I very much enjoyed this. Told as if it were an autobiography, we get a very personal feeling for the transformation the main character undergoes. There are no unique spiritual "TRUTHS" revealed, but layer by layer Otto is allowed to look under his various layers and find more of who and what he really is. Quite delightful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and am anxiously awaiting Dinner with Buddha. This is a fun and engaging read with an uplifting spiritual component. I laughed out loud reading many of the passages. The journey is compelling and I for one would like to join in the fun.
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ColumbiaPM More than 1 year ago
easy to read, some humor and gets you thinking about some of the spiritual issues the story teller is going through. Good for book club discussions. Would read another from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific book. Completely engaging characters, and I loved the developing relationship. Would absolutely recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
interesting read....wouldn't say a great book but I was compelled to keep reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I so enjoyed reading this book and had some light bulb moments along the way!
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