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Hungry Ghost: A Novel

3.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  63 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Carter Cox is a talented but dissipated freelance photojournalist living in New York City's East Village with his sad dog and bad habits. Though he travels to exotic places taking pictures of models and celebrities, he yearns to do more meaningful work and to mend his womanizing ways. He also wants to put into practice the lessons he learns from his Buddhist betters, but h ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 20th 2004 by Harper Perennial (first published 2003)
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Ada Lau
Oct 25, 2015 Ada Lau rated it liked it
The book is narrated from a 2nd person point of view which takes a bit of time to get used to. The overall theme is very Buddhism and there are lots of philosophical references. I particular enjoy the very descriptive of the narrator's mind when he talks to himself through his thought process.
Feb 20, 2008 Ken rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an odd book. Once I got past the 2nd person perspective (you do this, you open the door, etc.), I warmed a bit to it. The Buddhist/Catholic background and personal struggles make for an interesting read but the literary devices employed are a bit annoying. There are probably better books available that explore the spiritual aspects of this book.
Nov 16, 2008 Cassie rated it really liked it
This novel had buddhist themes, which is what drew me to it. It is written entirely in the second person, which took me a little bit of getting used to, but it's really good in spite of (or maybe because of) that.
Apr 28, 2010 Michaela rated it liked it
This was a difficult book to rate. The middle really dragged but due to the nature of the story it had to. I find it interesting what the author was attempting to accomplish in a fictional narrative form.
Dec 22, 2013 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddhist-fiction
I really enjoyed this book, though at times, I felt as though I was on the ropes with the negative things happening. There are some interesting narratives and choices.
Chris Beal
Oct 24, 2013 Chris Beal rated it it was ok
For Buddhists who would like a kick in the pants to behave properly, this novel may do the trick!
Jul 02, 2013 Kayla rated it liked it
Shelves: spirituality
Interesting read but the second person narrative is a distraction.
Apr 25, 2009 Jessica rated it it was ok
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