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Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo
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May 23, 09

Read in August, 2008

Humorous but thoughtful. Volya Rinpoche from Siberia who spent a few years in jail in Siberia meets the VOICE of the story-- Otto Ringling, a 40 year old brother of Cecilia. Otto is an editor with a specialty in food books. Volya is a writer/monk. Cecelia has a fear of planes and flying. Otto and Cecelia's parents were killed by a drunk driver, leaving a 2000 acre farm in western North Dakota. Cecelia wants her "share" of the inheritance to go to the monk for a meditation retreat center. Otto, a conventional married guy with two kids, does not really understand his sister's less conventional life, but there is still a strong familial bond. Cecelia tricks or persuades (as only a sister can, I suppose) Otto into traveing from NY-NJ to ND to settle the estate and into taking Voya along to acquaint him with America. Volya does yoga, wears a robe, and has fractured English. The two men are unlikely traveling companions -- and humor results, even as their mutual understanding waxes and wanes.
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