The Laughing Sutra: A Novel

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Random House, 1991 - Fiction - 263 pages
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Iron & Silk, Mark Salzman's bestselling account of his adventures as an English teacher and martial arts student in China, introduced a writer of enormous charm and keen insight into the cultural chasm between East and West. Now Salzman returns to China in his first novel, which follows the adventures of Hsun-ching, a naive but courageous orphan, and the formidable and mysterious Colonel Sun, who together travel from mainland China to San Francisco, risking everything to track down an elusive Buddhist scripture called The Laughing Sutra. Part Tom Sawyer, part Tom Jones, The Laughing Sutra draws us into an irresistible narrative of danger and comedy that speaks volumes about the nature of freedom and the meaning of loyalty.

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User Review  - kcoleman428 - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this book. It helped me to realize all over again to the differences between cultures! This book was part farie tale and part object lesson. Very good read! Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Young China hand Salzman made a big splash (at age 22) with his account of teaching in China, Iron and Silk (1986); now comes his first novel, a picaresque set in China, Hong Kong, and San Francisco ... Read full review


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Mark Salzman (b. 1959) is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. The son of a social worker and a music teacher, Salzman grew up in Connecticut and studied Chinese language and philosophy at Yale University. After college, he spent two years in China, learning martial arts from some of China's most renowned teachers, an experience he documented in his bestselling memoir "Iron & Silk". He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, director Jessica Yu, and their two daughters.

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