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Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven | [Susan Jane Gilman]

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven

They were young, brilliant, and bold. They set out to conquer the world. But the world had other plans for them. Best-selling author Susan Jane Gilman's new memoir is a hilarious and harrowing journey, a modern heart of darkness filled with Communist operatives, backpackers, and pancakes. In 1986, fresh out of college, Gilman and her friend Claire yearned to do something daring and original that did not involve getting a job.
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They were young, brilliant, and bold. They set out to conquer the world. But the world had other plans for them.

Best-selling author Susan Jane Gilman's new memoir is a hilarious and harrowing journey, a modern heart of darkness filled with Communist operatives, backpackers, and pancakes.

In 1986, fresh out of college, Gilman and her friend Claire yearned to do something daring and original that did not involve getting a job. Inspired by a place mat at the International House of Pancakes, they decided to embark on an ambitious trip around the globe, starting in the People's Republic of China. At that point, China had been open to independent travelers for roughly ten minutes.

Armed only with the collected works of Nietzsche, an astrological love guide, and an arsenal of bravado, the two friends plunged into the dusty streets of Shanghai. Unsurprisingly, they quickly found themselves in over their heads. As they ventured off the map deep into Chinese territory, they were stripped of everything familiar and forced to confront their limitations amid culture shock and government surveillance. What began as a journey full of humor, eroticism, and enlightenment grew increasingly sinister-becoming a real-life international thriller that transformed them forever.

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven is a flat-out page-turner, an astonishing true story of hubris and redemption told with Gilman's trademark compassion, lyricism, and wit.

©2009 Susan Jane Gilman; (P)2009 Hachette Audio

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    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Would have loved to hear the unabridged version though. I thought the author's reading was excellent. She even managed some of the accents.
    I would recommend this book to anyone.

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    Sarah San Diego , CA, USA 03-19-10
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    "Interesting story -- terrible listen"

    I really would have liked to listen to this story. I really thought it was interesting. But I just couldn't. I usually think that hearing a story in the author's own words is a good thing, but in this case it was detrimental. I had to put the audiobook down about 1/4 of the way through as Gilman's voice was just too grating to my ears. A shame, really.

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    Adrienne Camp Connell, CA, United States 02-04-10
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    "A Fabulous Journey & A Wonderful Listen"

    This is a book I would recommend to anyone. The author's true story of her travels as a young woman are something that we can all relate to; her naivete and enthusiasm. The book is very funny at times, but bad things did happen to Susan and her companion. The book is very well read by the author, I was only sorry that the story was abridged, I hated to miss a single word of this fascinating journal. Do yourself a favor and download it now!

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    It kept me on the edge of my seat.
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    I'm a fan of nonfiction, travel, and suspense - this narrative has it all! Couldn't


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