Mr. Muo's Travelling Couch
After years of studying Freud in Paris, Mr. Muo returns home to introduce the blessings of psych ...more
If this novel were a painting, it would be a twisted dreamscape by Dali and if it were a play, it would the stepc ...more
* Originally published in France as Le complexe de Di by Gallimard, Paris, in 2003.
I’ve truly grown to love Asian writers. This writer happens to be Chinese-born but lives and works in France. Either way, the culture and wit of Asia and its artists have overwhelmed and enthralled me. Mr. Muo’s Travelling Couch included.
Dai Sigie’s second novel Mr. Muo’s Travelling Couch follows the experiences of the title character as he goes back to China after studying psychoanalysis in France. He idolizes Fr ...more
Dai Sijie now produces a rapturous and uproarious collision of East and West, a novel about the dream of love and the love of dreams. Fresh from 11 years in Paris studying Freud, bookish Mr. Muo returns to China to spread the gospel of psychoanalysis. His secret purpose is to free his college sweetheart from prison. To do so he has to get on the good side of the bloodthirsty Judge Di, and to accomplish that he must provide the judge with a virgin maiden.
This may prove difficult in a ...more
This comic novel encompasses huge themes__not just political repression in China, but also love, sex, the commodification of women, and the twisting, winding roads one must take to gain self-knowledge. Reviewers concur that Sijie's second novel is something of a picaresque; it meanders as it follows the hapless Mr. Mou's adventures and missteps and enters into the terrain of the absurd. What reviewers don't agree on is whether or not the novel succeeds as a whole, particularly compared to the el...more
"Four years ago, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, its cover adorned irresistibly with red scuffed Mary-Jane shoes, introduced the novelist Dai Sijie to American readers. Like his two main characters, he had been "re-educated" in China's Cultural Revolution, exiled to a rem ...more
Muo has spent the past several years in France studying psychoanalysis. He is returning to China in order to get his love, Volcano of the Old Moon, out of prison. Why he had to spend so much time studying psychoanalysis in order to do this? I don't think I quite figured that out. Muo is prepared with a large sum of money ...more
Dai Sijie wrote the moving, simple and delicate "Balzac and the little Chinese Seamstress", a debut novel which has gained cult status since its publicat ...more
At times, it was really funny, almost ironical wisdom captured in cute, fascinating descriptions. But only at times. For the most part it was actually rather dull and pointless, mostly I struggled to stay invested much longer. After the brilliant "Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress" this was a let down.
There were good points in presenting a modern day China every day life but those got lost somewhere in the "absurd" e ...more
The book is full with psychological terms and analisys based on Froid's theories. It suits the plot well as the hero is complicat ...more
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In 1984, he left China for France on a scholarship. There, h ...more