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Confessions of a Taoist on Wall Street

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From the tranquillity of an Oriental monastery to the tumult of the New York Stock Exchange, the hero of this amazing novel embarks on a quest for a father, a fortune, and the ultimate essence of the universe. The illegitimate son of a Chinese woman and an American officer, he was reared as an orphan by Taoist monks. When he learns that his father may be a wealthy Wall Str ...more
735 pages
Published (first published 1984)
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Lori
Feb 25, 2008 Lori rated it really liked it
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A student of mine called another of North Carolina author David Payne's David Payne books his favorite of all time, so I had to read his work. I researched this author and found he'd written five books to-date, so I ordered all five and am savoring my way through them as we speak.

I began with a used edition of Confessions of a Taoist of Wall Street (get it Tao of the Dow?) and found it to be a laugh-out-loud-alone-in-the-middle-of-the-night funny book. While this is a first work and about 100 p
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Michael
Apr 21, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
“Confessions of a Taoist on Wall Street” fits squarely into the category of a sweeping epic. It follows Sun I on his journey from a remote Taoist monastery in China, landward across Asia, through a wandering ocean journey as a sailor and finally to his destination at the Stock Exchange in New York. All in a quest to find the “delta” of Tao and the Dow.

I won’t dance around it. This is a very long book and not an easy read. David Payne is my favourite author so I hung in there with it. “Confession
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Apr 11, 2008 Jef rated it really liked it
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The title alone is what made me buy this book. Read it years ago. The premise was intriguing -- the relationship between Eastern religion and Wall Street. I found it difficult to plod through the story. In the end the book didn't live up to its promise.
Dave
Apr 07, 2007 Dave rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just could not get into this book. It just wasn't that engaging. . . . And I'm both a Taoist and a finance freak.
Marc
Apr 25, 2008 Marc rated it it was amazing
A strange and wonderful book. About a seeker of truth who's journey's lead him to study not only the Dow (Jones), but the Tao.
Guy
Nov 11, 2009 Guy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: multiple-reads
Beautifully written philosophical challenge arising from the pun Tao on Dow. A top 10 book, and truly a book to be read before one dies.
S Glenn Krochmal
Great book marrying Wall Street and Eastern religion. Ending was a bit bizarre.
Matthias
I read it a long time ago, one of these books you cannot put away and you read the whole day long because you want to know what's next.
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David Payne was born in North Carolina and attended the Phillips Exeter Academy and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of five novels-- Confessions of a Taoist on Wall Street, Early From the Dance, Ruin Creek, Gravesend Light, Back to Wando Passo--and a memoir, Barefoot to Avalon: A Brother's Story, forthcoming from Grove Atlantic in August 2015. Visit his author web ...more
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