The Laughing Sutra (Paperback)

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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.

Praise For…

"A contemporary version of [a] classic tale...Salzman is a highly appealing writer."

-- Philadelphia Inquirer

"Lovingly drawn...very promising and often funny...Salzman is skilled at using his tale to comment on such varied matters as the Cultural Revolution, the Hong Kong drug trade, American amusement parks in West Coast galleries."

-- Time

Product Details
ISBN: 9780679735465
ISBN-10: 0679735461
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: January 15th, 1992
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries