Official Review: Becoming Buddha by Corey Croft

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Official Review: Becoming Buddha by Corey Croft

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Becoming Buddha" by Corey Croft.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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N/B: You may need a dictionary with you when reading this book.

The book begins with a prologue that gives a summary of the book. It mentions the author’s daily routine and preferences. It also briefs about his attitude towards having friends and how his friend Alex made him feel about friendship.

Corey Croft was born and raised in America. He lived a normal life but didn’t have many close friends. Throughout his life, he felt unfulfilled and unhappy. This affected his love and work life. He had two close friends who tried to help him find happiness and satisfaction in his life. One of the friends was Ward, who worked and lived in America. The other friend was Alex, whom he met when he moved to Paris. What did the friends do to help him? Grab a copy and find out.

Feeling unfulfilled can make one do bizarre things. The feeling can cause you to turn to illicit sex, drugs, alcohol, etcetera. This kind of lifestyle, though it might give the subject a feeling of self-gratification, is not healthy. It sounds wild.

Voiced from the first and third-person perspective in a humorous and metaphoric tone, Becoming Buddha by Corey Croft is a mind-blowing memoir. The writing style is impeccable. There are no typos or errors in the narrative. The format of the book is different. It’s divided into three sections. The events in each section are arranged in numerical order. Finally, the number of pages in the book are one-hundred-and-eighty-four (PDF format).

There are loads of vulgarism and instances of sexual reference in the material, which makes the book fit for adults only. Moreover, the story rouses emotional feelings, such as bitterness, anger, pain, and sadness. Ultimately, I somewhat feel like the title of the book is misplaced because it sounds religious, but the contents reflect other aspects of life.

I like how the author likened true friendship to a razor. He said that if a razor is well cared for, it’s dependability is priceless. The same goes for true friendship. Additionally, I agree with this sentiment that says, “Alcohol quiets the voice, but becomes the petrol for habitual querulousness and escapism.” Many people today are alcoholics could be because they are running away from something that’s bothering them.

Both Corey and Alex’s know-each-other moment brought about interesting facts and theories about humans in general. For instance, Alex viewed dealing with people to be somewhat nerve-racking. This is why he chose to live an independent life. Additionally, when explaining about his line of work, Alex pointed out a connection between the candles and the chandeliers, which was new to me.

There is nothing positive said about women featured in the story. So sad.

That said, I rate the book at 4 out of 4 stars. The story is dramatic, entertaining, and relatable. The reader will learn a lot from the story. I learned that an unfulfilled life is boring and painful. Noteworthy, the book is skillfully edited.

If you love drama in your stories, here’s your treat.

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Your first line had me cracking up. The book cover and title drew me in, so when I started reading your review, I was really surprised by what I found. So different from what I was expecting, but that’s also a pleasant treat because the plot seems really curious and interesting. The structure of the book seems really unique, and I might imagine that it would be difficult to follow with the different narrations, but it seems like that wasn’t the problem. And that’s so unfortunate that the characters didn't raise up women in the text… that and the vulgarity you mentioned turns me off from the book a bit, to be honest. Thanks for the great review!
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Thanks for this great review! It was helpful
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Sounds like an intriguing read for memoir lovers and not only! Glad to learn it was professionally edited :) Thank you very much for this review!
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sirbobthewise wrote: 20 May 2020, 19:59 Your first line had me cracking up. The book cover and title drew me in, so when I started reading your review, I was really surprised by what I found. So different from what I was expecting, but that’s also a pleasant treat because the plot seems really curious and interesting. The structure of the book seems really unique, and I might imagine that it would be difficult to follow with the different narrations, but it seems like that wasn’t the problem. And that’s so unfortunate that the characters didn't raise up women in the text… that and the vulgarity you mentioned turns me off from the book a bit, to be honest. Thanks for the great review!
I was also surprised by the contents in the book. I felt like the title of the book was misplaced. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :tiphat:
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-Immaculata- wrote: 20 May 2020, 20:35 Thanks for this great review! It was helpful
Thank you for coming through.
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Ellylion wrote: 21 May 2020, 12:50 Sounds like an intriguing read for memoir lovers and not only! Glad to learn it was professionally edited :) Thank you very much for this review!
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My mind is in utter turmoil after considering the disparity between the title of the book and its content. I would like to try this for myself. Thanks for the nice review 👍👍
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It does seem like a strange title, given the contents. However, it sounds like a very thought-provoking book. Thanks for a great review!
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This seems a brutally honest memoirs that offers food for thought about certain negative behaviours and their conseguences on a person's life. Thank you for your great review!
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I'm glad this book is more than just about Buddhism, since I don't really click with religious books anymore. I like the imagery you included and your first few paragraphs heightened my curiosity. Good work.
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The title attracted me to check the review. I m happy that you explained everything clearly here. On the contrary, when I first read the title I thought it was related to religion: now I have a second thought!
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I don't think I'll enjoy reading and constantly referring to a dictionary. Great review though!
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Sushan wrote: 23 May 2020, 08:44 My mind is in utter turmoil after considering the disparity between the title of the book and its content. I would like to try this for myself. Thanks for the nice review 👍👍
I hope you enjoy reading. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
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NetMassimo wrote: 24 May 2020, 01:42 This seems a brutally honest memoirs that offers food for thought about certain negative behaviours and their conseguences on a person's life. Thank you for your great review!
Can't agree enough. Thank you. :tiphat:
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