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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
  • Publication Date: March 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SBPSJ0
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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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77 of 85 people found the following review helpful By David Hopkins on 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 on May 19, 2011
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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 By Stephanie on May 11, 2011
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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 By tilt on July 21, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IBJ on May 9, 2011
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"The Saint" by Oliver Broody starts off as an adventure. A in-the-loop New York reporter, (Oliver Broody) is bored by his bound-to-routine life and meets a fascinating saint-like Gandhi enthusiast (James Otis) that promises a spectacular journey to overthrow a dictating regime. The story is as much about the main protagonist, Otis, as about the journey and Broody himself. As Broody inserts himself into the narrative he slowly unfolds the complex character of Otis in front of our eyes. There is some great attention paid to dramatic progression in the piece and character development, perhaps not so much in the character of Otis, but most definitely in Broody himself.

In the very beginning, I as a fellow journalist, question how smitten Broody is by Otis and how he elevates his awkward behavior to saint-like demeanor. Broody does not question Otis' believes of motifs at all. However, slowly I begin to gain respect for Broody's storytelling and ethical decisions as he begins to reflect over Otis' sanity. And as Broody starts to question Otis' sanity he also begins to question his own involvement in the story. "The vortex of James's ego was beginning to suck everything in--not just me. If I couldn't figure out a way to stop him, the starving man would end up eating us all," Broody writes. In this inclusion of his own "I" I almost feel as there is a sense of arrogance, as when Broody writes that his own piece that he wrote and that sparked his initial interest for Otis "turned out great." But at the same time the use of an "I" and Broody's decision to include himself and his experience of Otis allow us to see how disillusioned Otis really is and how he functions with other human beings.
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