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Iron and Silk by Mark Salzman
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Dec 11, 07

bookshelves: armchair-tourist, nonfiction

Like Autumn Lightning, I first read this book in middle school during a phase when I read everything I could find about martial arts. Like Autumn Lightning, I have revisited it periodically ever since, not because of the martial arts connection, but simply because it tells good stories about interesting characters. This is really a book of anecdotes about the sometimes interesting, sometimes irritating, always very human people that Salzman met as a young English teacher in China in the early 80s. I go back to it to hear again the story of Salzman teaching Pan to tell time in English by giving the name for each minute, to hear about the "lets make a regulation" game, to hear about the stories from his class or about the time when he split his pants open in a train station.
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