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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.

Review:

"A laugh-out loud novel that's both comical and wise...balancing irreverence with insight." Louisville Courier Journal

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"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." Seattle Times

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"[Merullo's] gift is slipping gentle spiritual lessons into easy-reading narratives...with such effortless charm." Christian Science Monitor

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"Enlightenment meets On the Road in this witty, insightful novel." Boston Globe

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"A wonderful, heartfelt novel that frequently surprises as we're lulled by the sights and sounds of the open road." Providence Journal

Synopsis:

When Otto's sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto is not amused. In Merullo's masterful hands, Otto tells his story with all the wonder and wry humor of a man who unwittingly finds what he's missing in the most unexpected place.

About the Author

Roland Merullo, is the critically acclaimed author of seven books, including the Revere Beach Trilogy, three novels about growing up in a tight-knit community outside Boston, and Golfing with God, a novel about a man's unexpected spiritual journey. He lives with his wife and two daughters in eastern Massachusetts.

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Helga, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Helga)
I loved this book! Made me smile many times, made me wish I was there with them in the car. Perhaps the Rinpoche was a fictional character, but the way he was portrayed made me wish he was real. Any book that makes you examine your own world, the way you view it, is alright with me. And, a little laughter, some sweet moments, memories triggered for the reader, can't be overlooked. A delightful, heart-searching read!
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FauxPaloma, January 17, 2012 (view all comments by FauxPaloma)
Absolutely loved this. Whether you have a base knowledge of Buddhism or not, it's inspiring, touching, entertaining and discussion-worthy. You can read this work as a form of entertainment or get as much of a philosophical reawakening as you want. Definitely an amazing read from beginning to end. Highly recommended!
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tsredtail, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by tsredtail)
This was a wonderful read - laugh out loud funny - the characters are so vivid - a good story of journey both within & without.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781565126169
Author:
Merullo, Roland
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Subject:
Religious - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Self-actualization (psychology)
Subject:
Inheritance and succession
Subject:
Religion Western-Religious Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20080831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 336 pages Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - English 9781565126169 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A laugh-out loud novel that's both comical and wise...balancing irreverence with insight."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "[Merullo's] gift is slipping gentle spiritual lessons into easy-reading narratives...with such effortless charm."
"Review" by , "Enlightenment meets On the Road in this witty, insightful novel."
"Review" by , "A wonderful, heartfelt novel that frequently surprises as we're lulled by the sights and sounds of the open road."
"Synopsis" by , When Otto's sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto is not amused. In Merullo's masterful hands, Otto tells his story with all the wonder and wry humor of a man who unwittingly finds what he's missing in the most unexpected place.
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