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Confessions of a Taoist on Wall Street: A Chinese American romance Paperback – 1984

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"Exuberant...Stay with it, you'll see the makings of a young Charles Dickens -- a consummate storyteller in love with language and with all the variations of life, people, and improbable situations."

-- Business Week

"The novel, with its glorious style and rich profusion of detail, should remind readers of the time, fading into memory, when the works of John Barth began to burst on the literary horizon. It is a book to be read twice, first to be gulped down in great chunks during sleepless nights; later to be sipped slowly, savoring details, like a well-brewed cup of tea."

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From the tranquility 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 Street entrepreneur, he feels compelled to go to New York. His efforts to reconcile his two lives -- to find the Tao in the Dow -- make a story rich in character, wit, and insight
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 735 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395355621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395355626
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,958,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I, too, read this book several years ago and remember it vividly. For a long time it was almost like a bible for me. I carried it everywhere, would read parts of it to friends. I found that it engaged every emotion. I particularly enjoyed the first part, where the"orphan' boy sets out on his journey from the great canyons of China to find his father in the great canyons of Wall Street. Every scene is vivid and gripping, especially the one in which he comes upon the great panda bear - a terrifying and thrilling omen (no cuddly stereotyping here!) This is a book that is very funny and mysterious at the same time, a combination of gloppy egg foo yung and stirring oriental mysticism. (With a little deli thrown in for variety). How did he manage to do it? This writer is a magician and "Confessions" is a literary classic - your loss if you miss it.
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I love his work. It is compelling and beautiful and this is his most incredible story. It is about adventure, family, love and the search for self. It is a life changing book and I wish he would hurry up with that sequel to Ruin Creek!
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This book is a book of a lifetime. It is a book that I respect and pay tribute to. David Paynes masterpiece! East to West this story implants characters and circumstances that cultivate your mind. This book is an inspiration to entering life and its stages.
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The Yin and Yang of it all ... I've finished reading David Payne's Confessions of a Taoist on Wall Street and was telling the boss about the most wonderful aspect of this read being the absolute emotional tug of war (speaking of Ying & Yang) readers will experience as they follow the adventures of half-Chinese/half-American, Sun I (pronounced Sun-Yee) as he confronts life outside the Taoist priesthood (he'd been dedicated to) to pursue an ultimate enlightenment (through his American father's world) on Wall Street (the Tao within the Dow and vice versa). Confessions is a lesson in philosophy and vocabulary amidst so much more. While the author can write spot-on dialogue of any kind (including Brooklynese), his vocabulary (for this reader) requires a dictionary be handy. I was jotting down words (to look up later) like a dervish.

Confessions starts in China and ends up in lower Manhattan. We root for this guy at every turn, even when we see him turning from mellow to monster ... he's befriended by another Chinese-American already living here. Wo is one of life's poor slobs who (like so many of us) works hard while constantly falling behind ... he owns his own restaurant in Chinatown and has two daughters (one gorgeous, the other pretty; the former somewhat icily pragmatic, the other mellow and forgiving). We want Sun I to fall for the latter, of course (Yin-Mi), but he falls for the former (Li). And just when we think we can safely dislike Li, that old Yin and Yang acts up again and we find ourselves rooting for her (to escape). Hey, no spoilers here ... go read the thing. It's a terrific book by one of my favorite American authors. The characters are as rich as any I've ever read. Payne paints Wall Street with the Dickensian brush it deserves.
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This book carried me away. I was stuck thinking about it for years. David Payne followed this book with "Early From the Dance". He is a moving writer. You could think of him as a cross between J.R.R. Tolkien and Anne Tyler. Go ahead, read it, you'll see what I mean.
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He rings the bell often for any who have ever delved into and admired philosophical Taoism, but not without a price as paid to Christianity, contemporary Judaism and Acquisitionism... Payne has obviously paid his dues in all quarters and more importantly, to erudition. A masterful work complete with episodic prose-poetry.
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The pace, style, characters reflected the East vs. West throughout the book. The journey of discovery was spiritual, enlightening, comical, cynical, allegorical.....a wonderful experience!
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I was fascinated with this book in many regards. First, it is a truly a masterpiece which one can't stop reading until it's over. Second, most importantly, the author was able to grasp in depth and reveal in a very accessible way two seemingly opposite life philosophies and eras as represented by Eastern Tao and Western Dow.
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