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The Saint (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Oliver Broudy
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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“This is going to be an adventure,” James says presciently. “I have a feeling both of us are going to be very different after this.” And so it proves, as one jaded New Yorker is swept by a spiritually radiant revolutionary on a journey of transformation, from the narcissistic bubble of New York City to the sweeping vistas of the Dhauladhar mountains in northern India. Along the way the mismatched duo cross paths with rogue Chinese agents, the incensed descendents of Mahatma Gandhi, and ultimately the Dalai Lama himself. A gripping blend of action, intelligence, and insight.

"This small, extraordinary book has more to say about life, disappointment, New York, Tibet, India, the holy, and the profane, than most other books could say in ten times as many pages. Oliver Broudy's astounding, funny, harrowing, and finally quite sad experience with a millionaire philanthropist and arch eccentric--a man as saintly as he is demonic--is conveyed in prose as startling as cold water. This is a book I deeply envy, a book I will read again--probably immediately."
—Tom Bissell, author of Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter

"With the intrepidity of a classic explorer, Broudy journeys to the border between India and Tibet to demarcate the fine line between saintliness and selfishness. 'The Saint' abounds with intelligence and insight, mapping a uniquely memorable route on the never ending quest for personal fulfillment."
—Myla Goldberg, author of Bee Season

Editorial Reviews Review

New Yorkers occasionally suffer from a unique and unlikely loneliness, despite the frenzy of cultural activity that surrounds them. Call it "center-of-the-world ennui." Attempting to combat his own bout of the Gotham blues, author Oliver Broudy is looking for an escape when a routine journalism gig lands him the project of his life: namely, one James Otis, idea man, collector of Gandhi-related memorabilia, and wealthy devotee of the great Mahatma. So begins a truly great adventure that drags Broudy halfway around the world and through a whiplashing gauntlet of emotional crests and troughs, forcing him to play friend, protector, fixer, PR agent, and a host of other duties on Otis's behalf. Luckily for readers, Broudy maintains an intelligent open-mindedness--if not throughout, at least in the recall--in the face of lies, danger, and significant self-discovery. (He also assembles as rich a working definition of sainthood as any I've comes across outside of canonical hagiography.) The Saint succeeds on all levels: as profile, as travelogue, as a tale of true adventure. Highly, highly recommended. --Jason Kirk

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  • File Size: 190 KB
  • Print Length: 85 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SBPSJ0
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,983 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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77 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effacing the Boundaries between People March 24, 2011
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Apart from the author's wonderful way with words and his evocative imagery, what struck me most were his insights into boundaries, boundaries between countries, yes (his protagonist was intent on breaching them), but especially boundaries between people. The author describes in a poetic way how great cities make us all feel insecure, and how this insecurity spurs us to be wittier, more energetic, more clever, more attractive than the next person. But, ultimately, this striving for status or recognition leads us to wall ourselves off from others and the world around us, creating a kind of well-appointed private prison.

The lead character, James Otis, the Saint, seems to offer a way out, through an emotional expansion that brooks no resistance, for it connects him with others everywhere. But in the end, as you will see, emotional expansion alone is too facile of a solution.

The author explores this dilemma of all modern men and women and in the process tells a great story, full of vivid and exquisitely drawn characters.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Pleased
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A nice inexpensive and short read for your kindle or similar device... I would call this a novelette. It is a page turner, a crisp intellectual style that flows well -- no other writer like Broudy. He's found a way to push intellectual-type fiction into mainstream accessibility. Looking forward to his next book.

UPDATED 5/21/11: Holy moly, I've just been informed this is a work of nonfiction. This changes the whole tone. The main character of the book James a real-life baby Gatsby living in his own fantasy world, made only possible by inherited wealth, freely manipulating people as if the were playthings to entertain himself. I interpret James' innocence as a sham, self delusional or not. Wow, I can't believe these people are real. What a great story. Congrats on the author for having the balls to go on this adventure wherever it took him and sharing it with us.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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In "The Saint," Oliver Broudy takes on the complicated task of following the eclectic, millionaire non-violent activist, James, around as he globe-trots, people-pleases, starves himself, and argues with an ever-present smile. The character is a contradiction--a modern-day Candide who is naive but cultured, who desires to feed the hungry but refuses to eat, he wants to help the poor but doesn't seem to care whether his money is spent tactfully or not, he is at once selfless and selfish, honest and a liar. Within James' faults, Broudy discovers his own. As a journalist, he lets his character sweep him off his feet and must desperately try to regain his footing by the end of the story.
In a way, Broudy's work is almost unjournalistic. He whisks us off on this crazy journey with people Broudy himself hardly knows and before you know it we are all over Asia. The writing can be confusing--if you zone out while reading, by the time you regain focus, James could be your friend, then your enemy, then your friend again. However, this is how Broudy intends it. While all he can do is let his character speak for himself, he wants to let us know the disappointment he has in James, the faith James can inspire, the charisma a leader of his kind can carry, leading even the most critical of people on a goose chase. "The Saint," isn't really about James in particular. It is, but it isn't. With philosophical thinking and religious theology interspersed throughout the story, Broudy's piece is more about what influences people and why.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring July 21, 2011
By tilt
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WOW, I was waiting for some great epiphany to occur, what changed this man's life? Well....never got it. Got blood shot eyes trying to stay awake to read this. At some points I felt something exciting was going to happen, but never did. How much can one read about a man who has such little self esteem, confidance and zest for life, hold a crazy man up on a pedastole. At one point he thought this man was wonderful, went all over the world with him, became his right hand man, then realized the guy was human and crazy and makes mistakes, then they went home. That's it, end of story. Wouldn't waste my 99 cents again.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This short story felt long~ July 31, 2011
By Lila
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A true story of a man wanting to find meaning in his life by tagging along with a person he thought was more virtuous than he was. The grass is not always greener story. I felt there was a lack of depth of characters, so the story didn't grab me like I had hoped. It was just the facts, without much emotion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ? February 16, 2012
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Just finished and im .still trying to work out what out what it was about. It was ok for first quarter then zzzzzzz maybe its just m
e thugh.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Was not engaging April 13, 2011
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I kept waiting for one of the main characters to truly interest me - I simply wasn't engaged by any of this story. The narrator thought he had found someone to follow, who would open up new doors and experiences, but as time went on he just found himself more and more annoyed and distrustful of the guy. That's kind of how I felt about the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read for leisure
Published 6 months ago by MissiinTexas
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and compelling--just not sure why
Hmmm. Hard to say why I liked this as much as I did, because I often found the author's focus on himself distracting. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Em Newcomb
4.0 out of 5 stars Travels with a cosseted megalomaniac
In this well-written little book, Oliver Brody spares nothing in his portrayal of James Otis. By the end, and actually well before, the reader knows exactly what Otis is all about. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Steamchef
2.0 out of 5 stars The saint
Does not really say much. The two main characters run around accomplishing nothing. One is weird, and the other mistakenly finds him admirable. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Shirley R. Harris
2.0 out of 5 stars Found the storyline lacking
Ostensibly, the book is supposed to warn us off those who may seem to be saints in a world that is both complicated and disillusioning. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Nancy Senn
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow Read
I can't say I find the characters interesting. Nor am I sure if James is real or fiction since real people's names are dropped into his family history - Jim Henson, for example,... Read more
Published on March 15, 2013 by frankh
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my book
I mistakenly thoughtn this was a 'real' Saint mystery ... it was not what I expected. I tried to read and discarded after a few pages.
Published on December 2, 2012 by P O R
1.0 out of 5 stars Slow
This book had some good review, so I got it. Problem is, it's so long winded I just couldn't get into it. Read more
Published on July 10, 2012 by Nickinic - Ebooks Galore
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile
Well written story of manageable length. The characters were believable and the plot simple yet engaging. Would recommend to those that want a quick read.
Published on June 15, 2012 by Alex R
1.0 out of 5 stars can't believe I wasted money on this Kindle single
Starts out OK, but goes downhill from there. I only kept reading a bit each night because I bought it, but save your money. Read more
Published on June 9, 2012 by Grandma Val
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Oliver Broudy is a National Magazine Award finalist, a contributing writer with Men's Health magazine, and the ex-managing editor of The Paris Review. He has written on bodybuilding in Afghanistan, traditional cooking in rural China, and anarchism in Missouri. His work has appeared in a variety of online and print publications.

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