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
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
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
But, as Mr. Gronzi highlights so clearly in Turtle Feet, creating mea ...more
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
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.
It left me wanting to understand more about what happened to him than what he seemed to want to share. A classic read that hasn't left me yet. I keep thinking about it - might read it again.
A must read for anyone who has pondered what it might be like to abandon a Western life and move to Tibet-in-exile India to become a Buddhist monk.