A Bartender, a Monk and My Unlikely Path to Truth

The Great Failure: a Bartender, a Monk and My Unlikely Path to Truth

THE GREAT FAILURE: A BARTENDER, A MONK AND MY UNLIKELY PATH TO TRUTH By Natalie Goldberg (HarperSanFrancisco)

With the spare, graceful prose you’d expect from a Buddhist writing teacher, Goldberg comes to terms with an invasive dad and a revered Zen teacher, who, as it turns out, was no saint. The relative tameness of the two betrayals that send the author spinning into self-doubt means the book sometimes reads like teen-diary melodrama. Goldberg’s realization that her two idols are only too human, a smattering of Buddhist philosophy and absorbing tales of her father’s colorful milieu ultimately redeem this memoir.

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