Posts Tagged ‘review’

Pierre Cardin Bio Reissued

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013


Delighted that my unauthorized biography, Pierre Cardin: The Man Who Became A Label, has been reissued in e-book form. I wrote the book when I was in my 20s, when we lived in London. Published by Bantam Press, it was greeted with critical acclaim when it came out in 1991. Here are some of the reviews from back in the day:

“Richard Morais has an easy, witty style which carries one with panache through the life of a fairly unattractive man. It’s a journalistic style which matches his subject perfectly, but his power of description – the rue de Rivoli in early morning, London’s Teddy Boys in the Fifties – suggests a more sensitive talent searching for fulfillment…. There is extraordinary, often startling information throughout this book, but the pleasure is in the writing. I hope he is working on his second book.” –  Moira Shearer, The Sunday Telegraph

“Morais’ style makes for compulsive reading.” – Sir Ralph Halpern, Sunday Express

“Cardin is undoubtedly one of the world’s most successful businessmen, and how he got there is a fascinating story which Morais tells colorfully and well. It is no hagiography; neither is it a hatchet job. He has caught the essence of the man.”  – Lucia van de Post,Financial Times

“The author’s analytical business mind unraveling of the complexities of this secret empire is the strength of this book, which, in the world of vainglorious fashion biographies stuffed with glossy pictures, is thorough, excellently researched, racy and entertaining.” – Suzy Menkes, International Herald Tribune

“I praise a very efficient piece of journalism…. an astute journalist who has not been seduced by Cardin’s charm…. This excellent book is heady stuff to the aspirant dress designer.” – Sir Hardy Amies, The Daily Telegraph

‘Cardin, an extreme eccentric, has no business organization and operates on total confusion…. The book is full of hilarious tales of mismanagement, and the very weirdness of his life: a homosexual famous for his affair with Jeanne Moreau, a man who talks of himself in the third person, who lives alone with his 90-year-old sister, dresses like a tramp, and can hardly shave, a world of millionaire megalomania worthy of Howard Hughes.” – Adrian Danmatt, The Times

“A controversial new biography.” – Jonathan Cooper, The European

“Morais has a readable, if scurrilous line in gossip: we learn that Jean Cocteau liked to masturbate behind a two-way mirror in a local public sauna and that the fashion designer Balenciaga used a clean linen handkerchief to clean his dog’s bottom during walks.” – Lisa Armstrong, The Independent

“’It was instantaneous. I knew his reputation as a homosexual. I didn’t give a damn,’ Jeanne Moreau said. Paris was amazed and Cardin’s boyfriend André was furious. He threatened suicide and had to be bought off, says Richard Morais, in a well-researched, unauthorized biography…” – Peter Grosvenor, Daily Express

“Packed with wicked gossip, scurrilous anecdotes and mountains of contextual information. …Morais dissects several myths that most of the press are happy to swallow.” – Men’s Wear


British Review

Saturday, May 25th, 2013


Review of BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN published by the York Press in Britain: “This book has everything: humour, tragedy, conflict…a beautifully-written book to savour and enjoy…I will certainly read it more than once.” For the full review, click here.

A Bargain Dinner at $500 A Head

Friday, January 18th, 2013


The other night a buddy and I went down to Washington D.C. to check out Minibar, the acclaimed restaurant by Chef Jose Andres. It blew me away. Had popcorn that made me roar smoke from my nostrils like a dragon and red ravioli filled with peanut butter. Plus 24 other stunningly inventive courses. In this article I wrote for Barron’s, you’ll get a taste of what it’s like, and why I think it’s a bargain at $500 a head.


Photo credit: Fleming Meeks

“Mind, Body, Spirit” from New Zealand

Thursday, December 20th, 2012


“When Oda is sent to America to open a Buddhist temple in New York, Buddhaland Brooklyn, much like the lotus sutra which is the core of its philosophy, blossom out of muddy waters into a hilarious, thought-provoking clash of cultures where Oda is forced to confront the practice of his training in a world that in his eyes is barbaric and ill-suited to true believers. In the acknowledgements, Morais emphasises this is a work of fiction but ironically it wonderfully captures all of the beauty and difficulty of all spiritual paths where the middle way is found in walking the talk and talking the walk.

That’s the conclusion of the New Zealand reviewer of spiritual books, Mike Alexander. Click here to read his full review of Buddhaland Brooklyn and other spiritual books Alexander covers in “Mind, Body, Spirit.”


Spiritual-Literary Discussion of Buddhaland, Brooklyn

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Walter Mason and his friend, Stepahnie Dowrick, run the Universal Heart Book Club  in Australia and discuss my book, Buddhaland Brooklyn, alongside The Hope. Separately, Walter Mason, author of the acclaimed travel memoir, Destinatin Saigon, has written a  review of Buddhaland Brooklyn.

Very nice.  Check out their sweet YouTube discussion.


Luxury Reading

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

LUXURY READING review of Buddhaland Brooklyn: “As a book reviewer, we all love the written word to the degree that some have and some wish to have, a book of their own, written by their own hand, someday. If I had a book I could call my own, it would be this one. Eloquent, unique, funny, tender, sad, and pristine in it’s delivery, Buddhaland Brooklyn challenges, motivates, placates, and seduces it’s readers in to reaching one conclusion. Live life fully. Simple. Understated. Perfection.” — Claudia Robinson

The Washington Independent Review of Books

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

“Morais lovingly renders both the country inn where [Reverend] Oda grew up and the Little Calabria neighborhood in Brooklyn. Buddhaland Brooklyn is best enjoyed as a slow read. The world Morais creates for Oda and the reader is quirky and enchanting. His recurring rumination on the meaning of enlightenment and acceptance is worth savoring.” – The Washington Independent Review of Books.

To read the full review, click here.

Striking Literary Gold

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

A sensitive review of Buddhaland Brooklyn recently ran in Iowa’s Daily Reporter. Among other rather nice things Kate Padilla says about my little book, including calling it a “brilliant” fish-out-of-water tale, there is this generous statement:

“Morais has struck gold with this novel, which is simultaneously funny, sad, and enlightening. Even without fully understanding Buddhism, any reader can sense the meaning it holds in Seido’s life, and the overwhelming confusion he faces when he is flown out of Buddhaland and into Brooklyn.”

Click here for the full review.








Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Today, my novel, Buddhaland Brooklyn, goes on sale. That follows Sunday’s New York Post review, naming my little book this summer’s “Required Reading.” It has also made the July-August cover of the presitgious American Poetry Review; the punch-above-its-weight literary magazine has excerpted Buddhaland Brooklyn’s entire Chapter Ten. The literary blog, Book Hog, says, “Mr. Morais’ brilliant depiction of his wonderful cast of characters is very true to life….you will love this wonderful story.”

I hope those who enjoyed my first novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey, will give me a second chance, and those that have never read my fiction, will give Buddhaland Brooklyn a test run. Reverend Oda promises to not to waste your valuable time.


First Lit Blogger Weighs in on BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

“You will learn something new (although Mr. Morais explains that his novel is not a doctrinal explanation of Buddhism). You will laugh (Americans in all their crude, crazy glory, can provide great insight and sensitivity). But, most of all, you will love this wonderful story.” Book Hog review of BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN, June 30.

When the last page of a book is turned, there is usually another book patiently waiting to be opened at our elbow. Those of us who are professional scribblers feel that way about book criticism. The pages in newspapers devoted to book reviews have sadly been decimated, but in their stead have risen book-adoring lit bloggers, who have filled a critical hole in the all-important literary criticism business. They are, just like with the newspaper business of old, of varying quality – but all share, with their followers, a genuine love of reading. Bless them. They do the nation a great service, keeping the light of literature alive.

This is all a longwinded wind-up to the fact that on the nail-biting eve of BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN‘s July 17 availability, the first lit blogger in America has weighed in on my second novel. It’s Jacki, otherwise known as the Book Hog. Check her out. Please. For the good of America.

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