The Delight of Being Ordinary: A Road Trip with the Pope and the Dalai Lama

The Delight of Being Ordinary: A Road Trip with the Pope and the Dalai Lama

by Roland Merullo

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101970799
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 95,894
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

ROLAND MERULLO is the acclaimed author of fifteen previous books, including Revere Beach Boulevard, Golfing with God, and Breakfast with Buddha. Merullo's work has been translated into German, Spanish, Korean, and Croatian, and he has won numerous prizes, including the Massachusetts Book Awards in both fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

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Reading Group Guide

1. Each character has very distinct views on religion. Did they change by the end of the novel?

2. Did any of your perspectives on religion change while reading?

3. Where was the common ground in their discussions? Where did they disagree?

4. Which location during their travels would you most want to visit?

5. How was family love emphasized or portrayed in the novel?

6. How did Paolo and Rosa’s relationship change from the beginning to the end?

7. How did the Pope and Dalai Lama’s dreams affect the course of the novel?

8. Do you believe everyone needs to take a step back from their routines of everyday life? Why?

9. In the end, do you think the trip was worth the risk for the Pope and Dalai Lama? For Paolo and Rosa?

10. What is the key message you’ll take away with you from this novel?

11. How important is Cynthia’s appearance and the conversation with her near the end of the novel?

12. Did you recognize her from Vatican Waltz, and did you recognize the characters from Merullo’s bestselling novel Breakfast with Buddha?

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