Confessions of a Taoist on Wall Street

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Ballantine Books, 1985 - Fiction - 735 pages
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From the tranquility of an Oriental monastery to the tumult of the New York Stock Exchange, the hero of this amazing novel embarks on a quest for a father, a fortune, and the ultimate essence of the universe. The illegitimate son of a Chinese woman and an American officer, he was reared as an orphan by Taoist monks. When he learns that his father may be a wealthy Wall Street entrepreneur, he feels compelled to go to New York. His efforts to reconcile his two lives -- to find the Tao in the Dow -- make a story rich in character, wit, and insight.

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

One of the books I read while in Thailand, this book definitely made me miss the USA. An orphan leaves the mountainous canyons of China to explore the canyons of New York City. Along the way he ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amethyst26 - LibraryThing

Tough read filled with words that are not used in everyday conversation; therefore, keeping a dictionary close at hand is necessary. For the first read, I found the deep storyline difficult ... Read full review


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David Payne is the author of three previous novels: Confessions of a Taoist on Wall Street, which won the prestigious Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award; Early from the Dance; and Ruin Creek. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and now lives in Wells, Vermont.

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