AMERICAN SHAOLIN: FLYING KICKS, BUDDHIST MONKS, AND THE LEGEND OF IRON CROT CH: AN ODYSSEY IN THE NEW CHINA

AMERICAN SHAOLIN: FLYING KICKS, BUDDHIST MONKS, AND THE LEGEND OF IRON CROT CH: AN ODYSSEY IN THE NEW CHINA

By: Polly, Matthew

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A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bill Bryson meets Bruce Lee in this raucously funny story of one scrawny Am erican?s quest to become a kung fu master at China?s legendary Shaolin Temp le. Growing up a ninety-pound weakling tormented by bullies in the schoolyards of Kansas, young Matthew Polly dreamed of one day journeying to the Shaolin Temple in China to become the toughest fighter in the world, like Caine in his favorite 1970s TV series, Kung Fu. While in college, Matthew decided t he time had come to pursue this quixotic dream before it was too late. Much to the dismay of his parents, he dropped out of Princeton to spend two yea rs training with the legendary sect of monks who invented kung fu and Zen B uddhism. Expecting to find an isolated citadel populated by supernatural ascetics th at he?d seen in countless badly dubbed chop-socky flicks, Matthew instead d iscovered a tacky tourist trap run by Communist party hacks. But the dedica ted monks still trained in the rigorous age-old fighting forms-some even pr acticing the "iron kung fu? discipline, in which intensive training can mak e various body parts virtually indestructible (even the crotch). As Matthew grew in his knowledge of China and kung fu skill, he would come to represe nt the Temple in challenge matches and international competitions, and ulti mately the monks would accept their new American initiate as close to one o f their own as any Westerner had ever become. Laced with humor and illuminated by cultural insight, American Shaolin is an unforgettable co.

Title: AMERICAN SHAOLIN: FLYING KICKS, BUDDHIST MONKS, AND THE LEGEND OF IRON CROT CH: AN ODYSSEY IN THE NEW CHINA

Author Name: Polly, Matthew

Categories: Biographies & Memoirs,

Publisher: Gotham: 2007

ISBN Number: 1592402623

ISBN Number 13: 9781592402625

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good/Very Good

Seller ID: RWARE0000047334