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Buddhaland Brooklyn: A Novel Hardcover – July 17, 2012
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Mr. Morais's debut novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey, was picked by O (The Oprah Magazine), Amazon-Kindle, NPR, and the American Booksellers Association as one of the best summer reads of 2010. Both an "Editor's Choice" and on the prestigious "Paperback Row" of The New Times Book Review, Mr. Morais's debut novel has since become an international bestseller and has sold in 25 territories across the globe.
The Hundred-Foot Journey will also be released as a Dreamworks and Participant Media film in August, 2014. The film, shot on location in France and India, is produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake; is directed by Lasse Hallstrom; and stars Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, and Charlotte LeBon.(For more, see: www.richardcmorais.com)
Mr. Morais is the editor of Barron's Penta, a quarterly magazine and website offering insights and advice to wealthy families. He worked for Forbes magazine for 25 years, where he was allowed to write on any subject he chose and to travel the world. He joined Forbes in 1984 as a Reporter in New York.
An American born in Portugal and raised in Switzerland, Mr. Morais has lived most of his life overseas, returning to the U.S. in late 2003. He was stationed in London for 17 years as Forbes' European Correspondent (1986 to 198), Senior European Correspondent (1991 to 1998), and European Bureau Chief (1998 to 2003.) He wrote numerous cover stories for Forbes, from billionaire profiles to corporate dissections, but he was best known for unusual business stories on everything from the hashish entrepreneurs of Holland, to the ship breakers of India, to the human organ traders of China. Mr. Morais's news-making political interviews have been with the likes of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and the Czech Republic's Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus.
Mr. Morais has won an unprecedented six nominations and three awards from the London-based Business Journalist of the Year Awards, the industry standard for international business coverage.
Mr. Morais started his career in New York as a news intern for the PBS TV program, The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, and eventually rose to selling freelance film features to The New York Times. Mr. Morais is the author of the unauthorized biography, Pierre Cardin: The Man Who Became a Label (Bantam Press,) a book that grew out of a Forbes cover story and was published in 1991 to critical acclaim and has been recently reissued in e-book form: "This is not a hagiography; neither is it a hatchet job. He has caught the essence of the man." (Financial Times.) "There is extraordinary, often startling information throughout this book but the pleasure is in the writing. I hope Morais is working on a second book." (Sunday Telegraph.) "Thorough, excellently researched, racy and entertaining." (International Herald Tribune.)
While he was in the UK, Mr. Morais appeared regularly on Sky News, BBC News, ITV News, and various radio stations, including the influential "Today" show on the BBC's Radio 4. In the U.S., his work has led to an editorial credit on CBS' "60 Minutes," plus appearances on Ted Koppel's "Nightline," ABC, CNN, and various NPR radio stations.
He is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Philadelphia.
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Morais does a wonderful job with making Oda a complex and interesting character to read about. His journey through life was filled with hardships and surprises and I loved reading about his growth as a person throughout the journey. The beginning of the book is about his early years in Japan with lots of descriptions of his home and what his duties were as an acolyte in the monastery. Though all of this was interesting I felt like the book really got good when Oda moved to Brooklyn. It was such a huge step out of his comfort zone in so many ways and is was wonderful to watch him change into a stronger and better person without him really realizing it himself. The other part that made the Brooklyn part of the book more fun were all of the quirky characters that were part of Oda's new world. It was great to see so many different personalities try to work together for the common goal of getting the new temple opened.
Lots of little details are included that add to the book like descriptions of a Brooklyn neighborhood, the painting that Oda loved to do, poetry, and a look into what it means to be a follower of Buddhism. All of these come together to make a delightful book filled with love, humor, and sections that will really make you think about your own life. It made me want to try stepping out of my own comfort zone a little bit and see what happens!
Odas story has possibilities but the author's handling of them leaves much to be desired. I enjoyed the first part of the book. The author portrays in loving detail the mountains and waterfalls of Oda's Japan, as well as its trees and animals which provide a sense of comfort and tranquility to the young Oda. However, when Oda arrives in Brooklyn the novel lapses into a cartoonish atmosphere. The Brooklyn acoloytes are portrayed as a group of boorish buffoons and are unlike any American Buddhists I have ever encountered. Of course in a thoroughly predictable way, after Oda has his emotional break through everything is nicely resolved and the boors become human beings.
I lived in the area of Brooklyn the author describes for most of my life, and the geography just rings false. Nor will you learn much about the underlying tenets of Buddhism from reading this book, despite the fact that at the end of the book the author lists the Buddhist books he used for research purposes. The Buddhism espoused here is as fake as the Brooklyn landscape where it takes place.Read more ›
This book is at times humourous and amusing, but for the most part it is a tract on the difficult questions of life and the Buddhist way of dealing with them. It deals with the problems ignorance can bring, but knowledge is not necessarily a boon unless one knows how to handle it.
If you enjoy this book, you might also enjoy his first novel, 'The Hundred-foot Journey', now a motion picture, starring Helen Mirren.
Oda is shocked on his arrival in New York, not only by the towering buildings and busy streets, which are an assault on the senses after a lifetime spent in a small mountain village, but also with the motley group of worshipers seeking spiritual enlightenment.
"You'll be very impressed" he said "...I've been giving a series of lectures on the proper Buddhist practice, based on my extensive study. It's very rigorous. Intellectually."
"This is commendable. And the lectures are based on what study material?"
"Tons of books. The Reader's Digest Encyclopedia of Religion, Tales of Siddhartha, Buddhism for Dummies. The list goes on and on." p86
Reverend Oda is horrified, if not surprised, by this conversation with a member of the Temple board just days after his arrival. It seems to him that the American flock tend to pick and choose the most convenient principles of Buddhism to follow. Oda however is intent on imposing order and proper practice on the Believers, though with little hope of success.
Morais shares some astute commentary about the assumption of cultures, society and religions in Buddhaland Brooklyn.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good novel. I like spiritual fiction and this was a great read.Published 3 months ago by CindyLou
I loved the book, the beautiful descriptive writing, the simplicity, the complexity and rich characters. There is sadness, joy, misunderstanding, compassion and many surprises. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is such a sweet story. It is written with warmth and good characters, a story that unfolds from sorrow to a delightful realization. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steve Lowry
I don't know much about the Buddhist religion, so, how accurate it is I don't know. Having said that I found the plot interesting and experiencing New York/America from the view... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gary Lee
A pleasant story and good philosophy. Enjoyable, but not great.Published 9 months ago by Cooper 1108
I listened to the unabridged version which I borrowed from the public library. The detailed description of the Japanese mountain environment and rural life of the children sounded... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Hsiaoshuang