The Laughing Sutra by Mark Salzman

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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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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.
Published February 8, 2012 by Vintage. 272 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Science Fiction & Fantasy, War. Fiction

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Their American experience is a mix of cross-cultural comedy, as they struggle to make sense of hippies and gays, fast food and soup kitchens, and old-fashioned adventure (breaking into the Dharma Institute to steal the sutra), with just a smidgen of romance (Hsun-ching falls for the curator's ass...

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Hsun-ching and his mentor, Colonel Sun, travel from China to San Francisco in their quest for the Laughing Sutra, a text that allegedly holds the key to immortality.

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