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Hungry Ghost: A Novel
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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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.
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.