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“This is going to be an adventure,” James says presciently. “I have a feeling both of us are going to be very different after this.” And so it proves, as one jaded New Yorker is swept by a spiritually radiant revolutionary on a journey of transformation, from the narcissistic bubble of New York City to the sweeping vistas of the Dhauladhar mountains in northern India. Alon...more
Kindle Edition, 85 pages
Published March 15th 2011
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Nenette
What makes one a saint? That is the question the author wants to answer, with his friend James Otis as the subject. He thought James' selfless qualities and life principles qualify as saintly, but he thought differently at the end. Personally, i see this as one story about eccentricity, and it's really interesting because it's true; it really happened. For me, James Otis is far from being a saint - a saint doesn't do press time! A saint is a silent, selfless worker who does not need any man's re...more
Janette Fuller
This book provides intrigue, adventure, inspiration, spirituality and much more. "The Saint (Kindle Single)", by Oliver Broudy, is a short 85-page story that delivers some powerful messages.

Oliver Broudy had become frustrated with his life as a resident of New York City and his career as a professional writer. One day he met James Otis, an eccentric memorabilia collector. James was under attack by the international community because he was auctioning off five personal items once belonging to Ma...more
Al
The main character in "The Saint," James Otis, is a wealthy collector of Gandhi memorabilia, with a drive to do good and an apparent disregard for his own health and safety. One of the things that struck me about this story was how well it integrated the story of Gandhi (both good and not), for those who might not be familiar with his life story. Gandhi’s story also gives insight into Otis and his motivations. What didn’t occur to me while reading the story was that it was actually true – a misc...more
Mimi
This piece is an awesome example of a Kindle Single...short enough so the author is able to get to the point without feeling a need to add extra embellishments, but long enough to tell describe the fascinating mental & physical journey of both a journalist and a multi-millionaire. Although the title may lead one to believe otherwise, the message of this work is not necessarily religious. While dealing with many of the premises of Buddhism & Jainism, the themes, which include passive resi...more
Carol
I really enjoyed this book. It is full of statements that make you think. Like:
"All other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy."
Mahatma Gandhi

and

Principles... are not simply acquired, like light bulbs. They're not hot-swappable. So even if we endorse (for instance) the principle of hating the sin and not the sinner, finding a way to organize our inner selves around that principle such that our every action reflects it is another chal...more
Jason Megraw
Really enjoyed reading this short story about a journalist who accompanies a modern-day idealistic "saint" to India and the edges of Tibet. I put the word saint in quotes because the protagonist, James Otis (heir to the Otis elevator fortune) envisioned his actions as those paralleling Gandhi's. His whole purpose of traveling to India was to quell international outrage at having auctioned off some of Gandhi's personal belongings. Somehow the trip evolved into a planned attempt to cross the borde...more
Daniel Judge
A good read into the complexities of a man and his ridiculousness relationship with Tibet. Tinzen is the most enjoyable character in the book and he's the only person able to talk to James during his fast and help him see that his good intentions aren't always what's best for the Tibetan and Indian people. I feel bad for Oliver.

My favorite quotes:

1. "If age is the bitter process by which we gradually learn to aim low, James had somehow escaped it."

2. "The whole charade left me struggling with th...more
Denise
I found this book interesting but was disappointed overall. The present day characters, the author and the main character, James Otis, are odd and full of ambiguity. They both untimately seem sort of sad and pathetic. The best parts of the story is the retelling of Ghandi's life and world view but even then I found it hard to feel very moved. It may be the harking back to being a 'true New Yorker' that I can not relate to. I know there are people who see NYC as the center of the universe but I a...more
Michelle Wegner
What a great story about the damage we can do when we try to "help" others without having an understanding of their culture, religion and ethnicity. I loved Oliver Broudy's story about his friend James who he thought was a Saint, but ended up realizing his friend needed more help than anyone else. Bringing wealth into an impoverished country doesn't bring change. Bringing heartfelt devotion to an area doesn't do anything for the people unless there is a long term partnership, plan, and ultimatel...more
Lisa
Interesting... kind of a very long-form article, a little more personal than you'd find in NYRB or the New Yorker or Atlantic, but topical and on-topic both. An interesting niche, and I wouldn't mind seeing more of the same. The story was interesting, it was well-written and decently edited -- none of the self-pubbing cliches apply here, other than the fact the it occupied an odd literary category and probably couldn't have found a home as a periodical article or part of a book of essays, due to...more
Barbara
This is one of the new Kindle "singles," about 1/3 length of an average book. On Amazon, everybody rated it 5 stars. I disagree. As I read, I kept saying out loud, "Really? C'mon, dude, what were you thinking?" Because the author went to India, almost as a servant/assistant, to the guy who we all know from high school who spent too much time reading comics and playing video games and tells all his friends that he's really in the CIA. How did he not see through the guy before he got on the plane?...more
arun
I picked it up mostly based on Amazon reviews/rating. Based on comments, my expectation was bit high.

Author starts his journey from the chaos of NY and takes you through a journey to Indo-Tibet border with a friend (whom Author regards as a Saint, and the story is based on his observations on his Friend through the journey). Good for a weekend read.
Brent Watson
Beautiful short telling the story of a global trip with a self-perceived saint. Interesting perspectives on what makes one saintly or mad and what makes one kind or selfish. Delightful read and quick too. Wish Oliver Broudy would write some more Kindle shorts :-)
Jayson
This book has recieved good reviews, but I did not get it. An eccentric million sells some personal items of Ghandi and then goes on a weird adventure to India...I missed the point.
Shann Ludwig


Kind of Saul Bellowesque. Horrible and lovely character but yeah you couldn't hang around too long and have any self respect. The long short story format worked for this.
Sandra Lederman
A quick inspirational read. Not a great writer but certainly a great thinker. Asks many thought provoking questions.
Mitchell
An interesting short read about the cult of personality, selflessness, and activism
John Dupre Jr
This book wasn't for me so I stopped reading it.
Louise
Better than I expected!
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Oliver Broudy cut his teeth writing short stories, which have been published in a variety of literary journals. In 2005, after a five-year stint as an editor at The Paris Review, he switched to writing non-fiction. Since then he has focused on writing for magazines. His work has taken him to China, Afghanistan, New Zealand, and elsewhere. He has written about anarchy in Missouri, a kung fu master...more
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