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!
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!
pbkeller, January 28, 2011 (view all comments by pbkeller)
I loved reading Breakfast with Buddha. It was an easy and fun read. The story struggles for believability in places I have to say that overall it was entertaining, thought provoking, and definitely worth the trip. Although Buddha is in the title this story is not really about Buddhism, one of the characters just happens be a guru. This story is about a spiritual journey of self-discovery and reflection. I am sure that most readers will learn a lot about themselves as they travel with Otto and his new guru friend.
Robert Williams, June 21, 2009 (view all comments by Robert Williams)
I really enjoyed this book , it gave a bit of an insight that we all feel there is something just behind a thin curtain , if only we allow ourselves to push it away. Very funny , very optimistic. I highly recommend.
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by Louisville Courier Journal,
"A laugh-out loud novel that's both comical and wise...balancing irreverence with insight."
by 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."
by Christian Science Monitor,
"[Merullo's] gift is slipping gentle spiritual lessons into easy-reading narratives...with such effortless charm."
by Boston Globe,
"Enlightenment meets On the Road in this witty, insightful novel."
by Providence Journal,
"A wonderful, heartfelt novel that frequently surprises as we're lulled by the sights and sounds of the open road."
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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