Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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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 ofChina. At that point,Chinahad 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 ofShanghai. 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.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780446578929
Branch Call Number: 921 G4877g
Characteristics: 306 p.

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Nov 24, 2015

This is an extremely well written story about two young women who engage in 1986 on a backpacking tour of China. It starts off reading as a travel adventure, but after a few chapters we gradually come to realise that strange events are unfolding.

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