My good friend, Lolli Franklin, joins us today as a guest reviewer, reviewing Buddhaland Brooklyn by Richard Morais.
Buddhaland Brooklyn took me by surprise. Less about religion and more about acceptance and appreciating the differences and similarities in others, this book was a delightful Summer read.
From the publisher: “From the writer whose debut novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey, continues to charm readers around the world, comes a modern fairytale about a man who finds his true calling in a foreign land.”
Seido Oda is a simple man. He grew up in the mountains of Japan with his parents and siblings, and later with his brothers in the Buddhist temple near his home. As a devoted but very introverted Buddhist priest, he doesn’t know much beyond life in the Head Temple grounds.
He wasn’t prepared when, in his 40th year, he is assigned to open a Buddhist temple in New York City.
The cast of characters that meet Reverend Oda as he journeys across the ocean and into the heart of Brooklyn is full of life – laughter, love, pain, and faith. The New York City “believers” are not what Reverend Oda expected, and the language barriers are not the only challenges to conquer as they prepare to build the new temple. As he gets to know the individuals in the Buddhist community, he begins to understand more about himself and experiences his own faith awakening in a way he didn’t think possible.
I recommend Richard Moran’s new book as a refreshing, uplifting read for people of all faiths.
Simon and Schuster provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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