Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven

3.78 avg rating
( 7,318 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780446578929: Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

They were young, brilliant, and bold. They set out to conquer the world. But the world had other plans for them.
Bestselling author Susan Jane Gilman's new memoir is a hilarious and harrowing journey, a modern heart of darkness filled with Communist operatives, backpackers, and pancakes.
In 1986, fresh out of college, Gilman and her friend Claire yearned to do something daring and original that did not involve getting a job. Inspired by a place mat at the International House of Pancakes, they decided to embark on an ambitious trip around the globe, starting in the People's Republic of China. At that point, China had been open to independent travelers for roughly ten minutes.
Armed only with the collected works of Nietzsche, an astrological love guide, and an arsenal of bravado, the two friends plunged into the dusty streets of Shanghai. Unsurprisingly, they quickly found themselves in over their heads. As they ventured off the map deep into Chinese territory, they were stripped of everything familiar and forced to confront their limitations amid culture shock and government surveillance. What began as a journey full of humor, eroticism, and enlightenment grew increasingly sinister-becoming a real-life international thriller that transformed them forever.
Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven is a flat-out page-turner, an astonishing true story of hubris and redemption told with Gilman's trademark compassion, lyricism, and wit.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Amazon Best of the Month, March 2009: While this latest memoir from Susan Jane Gilman (former Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress) appears to be a saucy account of international sexcapades, it quickly reveals its whip-smarts, sucking you into a story that brilliantly captures the "ecstatic terror" of gleefully leaping from your comfort zone--and finding yourself in freefall. It's 1986, and newly minted ivy league grads Susy and her friend Claire have never left the U.S. when (inspired by a "Pancakes of Many Nations" promotion during a drunken night at IHOP) they hatch a plan to circle the world, starting in China, which has just opened to tourists. From the moment of arrival, they're out of their depth, perpetually hungry, foolish, and paranoid from relentless observation. Claire, who carries the complete works of Nietzsche "like a Gideon Bible," seems more capable than Susy until encounters with military police, hallucinatory fevers, and a frantic escape from a squalid hospital expose cracks in her psyche that utterly derail their plans. Rich with insight, dead-on dialogue, and canny characterization, Gilman's personal tale nails that cataclysmic collision of idealism and reality that so often characterizes young adulthood. Be prepared to wolf down the final hundred pages in one sitting. --Mari Malcolm

About the Author:

Susan Jane Gilman is the author of Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress and Kiss My Tiara. She has written commentary for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Ms. magazine, among others, and her fiction and essays have received several literary awards. Though she has lived most recently in Geneva, Switzerland, and Washington, D.C., she remains, eternally, a child of New York.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780446696937: Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0446696935 ISBN 13:  9780446696937
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, 2010
Softcover

9780446541251: Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven

Grand ..., 2009
Hardcover

9780446555432: Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven

Grand ...
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Gilman, Susan Jane
Published by Grand Central Publishing
ISBN 10: 0446578924 ISBN 13: 9780446578929
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Your Online Bookstore
(Houston, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Grand Central Publishing. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0446578924 Ships promptly from Texas. Seller Inventory # Z0446578924ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 25.24
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Susan Jane Gilman
Published by Grand Central Publishing (2009)
ISBN 10: 0446578924 ISBN 13: 9780446578929
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Grand Central Publishing, 2009. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # MB011MFNFM6

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.98
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Susan Jane Gilman
Published by Grand Central Publishing (2009)
ISBN 10: 0446578924 ISBN 13: 9780446578929
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Grand Central Publishing, 2009. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0446578924

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 31.40
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Gilman, Susan Jane
Published by Grand Central Publishing
ISBN 10: 0446578924 ISBN 13: 9780446578929
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Grand Central Publishing. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0446578924 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0164760

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds