Breakfast with Buddha

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Algonquin Books, 2008 - Fiction - 331 pages
23 Reviews
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 passengerÑand amuse himselfÑhe 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 worldÑand more important, his lifeÑthrough 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.
  

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I liked the model and imagery there. - Goodreads
One big plus of the writing: it's funny. - Goodreads
The triumph here, though, is in the characterization. - Goodreads

Review: Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel (Breakfast with Buddha series #1)

User Review  - Steve Pifer - Goodreads

I actually enjoyed this book, but I cant really justify giving it a 4 star review as its not on the level of so many serious literary works. That goal was not the point of this writing, or at least I ... Read full review

Review: Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel (Breakfast with Buddha series #1)

User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

I am ambivalent about this one. On the one hand, I would recommend it, with considerable enthusiasm. On the other hand, it is not a good book. I would recommend it because it is light-hearted ... Read full review

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Contents

ONE
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TWO
6
THREE
11
FOUR
18
FIVE
21
SIX
28
SEVEN
40
EIGHT
47
TWENTYSEVEN
188
TWENTYEIGHT
197
TWENTYNINE
205
THIRTY
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THIRTYONE
211
THIRTYTWO
215
THIRTYTHREE
225
THIRTYFOUR
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NINE
52
TEN
65
ElEVEN
75
TWELVE
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THIRTEEN
93
FOURTEEN
101
FIFTEEN
113
SIXTEEN
122
SEVENTEEN
126
EIGHTEEN
134
NINETEEN
138
TWENTY
148
TWENTYONE
152
TWENTYTWO
155
TWENTYTHREE
161
TWENTYFOUR
167
TWENTYFIVE
175
TWENTYSIX
183
THIRTYFIVE
239
THIRTYSIX
246
THIRTYSEVEN
250
THIRTYEIGHT
262
THIRTYNINE
267
FORTY
273
FORTYONE
279
FORTYTWO
289
FORTYTHREE
299
FORTYFOUR
306
FORTYFIVE
311
AUTHORS NOTE
321
A Conversation with the Author
327
Questions and Topics for Discussion
333
New from Roland Merullo
336
Other Algonquin Readers Round Table Novels
337
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About the author (2008)

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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