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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (835 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dai Sijie Narrator: B. D. Wong Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Following his runaway bestseller, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Dai Sijie gives us a delightful new tale of East meets West: an adventure both wry and uplifting about a love of dreams and the dream of love, and the power of reading to sustain and inspire the spirit.

After years of studying Freud in Paris, Mr. Muo returns home to introduce the blessings of psychoanalysis to twenty-first–century China. But it is his hidden purpose—to liberate his university sweetheart, now a political prisoner—that leads him to the sadistic local magistrate, Judge Di. The price of the Communist bureaucrat’s clemency? A virgin maiden. And so our middle-aged hero Muo, a Westernized romantic and sexual innocent himself, sets off on his bicycle in search of a suitable girl. 

Muo’s quest will take him from a Chengdu mortuary to a rural panda habitat, from an insane asylum to the haunts of the marauding Lolo people. Along the way, he will lose a tooth, his virginity, and his once unshakable faith in psychoanalytic insight. But his quixotic idealism will not waver, even as he comes to see that the chivalrous heart may have room for more than one true love.

Dai Sijie’s exuberant, touching—and most unlikely—romance is a triumph of unbridled imagination, a celebration of the yearning spirit.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Always entertaining. . . . A bawdy, comic romp [that] takes our hero into all kinds of wild scrapes and adventures. San Francisco Chronicle
  • Poignant. . . . Hilarious. . . . A fascinating book. San Jose Mercury News
  • “Fans of Dai Sijie’s Balzac will adore this enchanting adventure story.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • Fans of Dai Sijie's Balzac will adore this enchanting adventure story. Chicago Tribune
  • “Always entertaining…A bawdy, comic romp [that] takes our hero into all kinds of wild scrapes and adventures.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “The book becomes an opportunity for Wong to luxuriate in the sound of Sijie's words and in his own voice. Wong makes his own performance the centerpiece of his reading, and his audacious willingness to place himself at the forefront is a gamble that pays off handsomely, providing a holistic unity that elevates this audiobook over the run of its peers.”

    Publishers Weekly, starred audio review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kari Bishay | 2/18/2014

    " Remember...this is not a serious tale! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy Huebner | 2/13/2014

    " Same vein as Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by anilia | 2/10/2014

    " This is a great book about a fumbling man who somehow manages to make you want to cheer for him, even if you don't like him all the time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Anna | 2/9/2014

    " entertaining book. There is a minor character for you Eric, his mother is a linguist! "

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