Мисля си, че пънкът и будизмът имат нещо общо, доколкото и двете целят разрушаване на готови, но неработещи норми, пълно оголване на реалността и човека, достигане до същностното или по-скоро до съзнанието, че няма постоянно същностно и единственият начин да под ...more
Turtle Feet is Grozni's articulate and thoughtful memoir about his years living in Dharamsala. Though Grozni moved to India to divest himself of his previous identity and devote himself to religious scholarship, it doesn't take long for a new life to begin ...more
The book is very entertaining, an anti-"Eat, Pray, Love": cynical, sarcastic, pessimistic, yet wildly romantic, with the same smart-alecky humor of his novel. It helps that Grozni was lucky in his friends and acquaintances: larger-than-life bundle ...more
След по-нататъшно задълбочено четене, разбираш, че това е нещо повече от нечия история. „Крака на костенурка” е пътепис, социален роман, приключенски роман и книга, чрез която ...more
Dharamsala is a small town where Indians and Tibetans live as uneasy neighbors, where everyone is always running into everyone, where people quickly fall into stereotypes. Gronzni, originally from Bulgaria, had gone to a music conservatory in Boston, so he becam ...more
But, as Mr. Gronzi highlights so clearly in Turtle Feet, creating mea ...more
"They say that a Buddhist monk has to change three things: his clothes, his name, and hie thoughts. I had changed my clothes and my name. My thoughts I wasn't giving up yet."
"Hell's got the best sunsets."
"In the west things are taken too seriously. Here I can finally breathe:there is no pressure to stay alive! Whatever happens is ok. I don't have to plot my life. I can sit back and actually enjoy it."
"The longer we live, the more we invest in an identity that is destined to disappear."
Grozni's vivid language capably illustrates life in the Himalayas and their inhabitants. He lovingly conveys the magic in the mundane from cooking to learning to improvised housing. Other reviewers have echoed this, but his eye for detail is magnificent.
At the end, I was disappointed with Grozni's insight into meanin ...more
Moreover, Turtle Feet is a well-written memoir with a suitable ending--sounds like my ideal book. Ultimately, however, it came out to be a somewhat interesting, somewhat enlightening, and also somewhat repetitive and forgettable book. The "supporting characters" are more interesting than the narrator, and because the narrator's reactions to these characters are predictable as well as predictably to...more
От друга страна никога не бях чела книга за духовното търсене, пречупена през толкова искрено балкански мисловен модел. Оказва се, че да търсиш връзката си с Бога и непреходната си същност, ако си от Балканите, е горе долу еквивалентно на това да търсиш табела за отбивка по разнебитен път някъде между Плевен и Лом. Знаеш, че отбивката съществува - усещаш го. Имаш дълбока и съкровена нужда да я намериш. Колкото и да си старателен, това н ...more
That is not to say Grozni entirely fails to explore his experiences as a Buddhist monk. Just that they are more minimal in scope, and (at least for me) could have been fleshed out more. In particular, I don't feel that some of his conclusions ...more
I mean, a monk who admires the village prostitute for both her beauty and her attitude?
Nikolai Grozni grew up in Bosnia, moved to the US with his parents. Was a music prodigy in school in Boston when he decided to go to India and become a Buddhist monk
The stories are well-told, but Grozni doesn't delve deeply enough into the issues surrounding his life to make the stories worth their while.