Title: Iron and Silk: A Young American Encounters ...
Publisher: Random House, New York
Publication Date: 1986
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good +
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good -
Signed: Signed by Author
Second printing. Dated, inscribed, and signed by the author on the front endpaper. Quarterbound in white-marble paper-covered boards with a black cloth spine, with gold Chinese lettering on the front board and gold lettering on the spine. Book is unmarked; spine slant; corners sharp, tail of spine bumped; a ding to the bottom edge of the front board. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $16.95); edgewear; a puncture hole to the front panel; Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 007150
Synopsis: Salzman captures post-cultural revolution China through his adventures as a young American English teacher in China and his shifu-tudi (master-student) relationship with China's foremost martial arts teacher.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Review: In 1982, Salzman flew off to teach English in Changsha, China. He writes of bureaucrats, students and Cultural Revolution survivors, stripping none of their complexity and humanity. He's gentle with their idiocies, saving his sharpest barbs for himself (it's his pants that split from zipper to waist whilst demonstrating martial arts in Canton). Though dribs of history and drabs of classical lore seep through, this is mostly a personal tale, noted by the Los Angeles Times for "the charmingly unpretentious manner in which it penetrates a China inaccessible to other foreigners."
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