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My Journey in Mystic China by John Blofeld
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Mar 15, 2010

it was ok
Read in March, 2010

Blofeld is best known as a translator and expositor of Chinese Buddhism and Taoism. This memoir records his early years in China, until self-exiled following the Communist revolution in 1948. Blofeld is a Sinophile, adopting all the ways of old China. He gravitates towards the literati and Buddhist and Taoist masters. Sadly, Blofeld is a turgid, boring writer. He doesn't even attempt to write of the misty mountain settings of the spiritual masters and retreats he visits. And he perserverates on his desires and attempts to secure a Chinese wife. This pursuit became a primary obsession in his 30's. His traditionalism is alienating.

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