Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants

Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants
Pris
Pris
299,- 299,-
E-Bok
Format E-Bok
Kopisperre DRM
Filformat EPUB
Utgivelsesår 2008
Forlag Da Capo Press
Språk Engelsk
ISBN 9780306817311
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Om Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants

Six years ago at the age of twenty-one, Jaed Muncharoen Coffin, a half-Thai American man, left New England's privileged Middlebury College to be ordained as a Buddhist monk in his mother's native village of Panomsarakram--thus fulfilling a familial obligation. While addressing the notions of displacement, ethnic identity, and cultural belonging, A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants chronicles his time at the temple that rain season--receiving alms in the streets in saffron robes; bathing in the canals; learning to meditate in a mountaintop hut; and falling in love with Lek, a beautiful Thai woman who comes to represent the life he can have if he stays. Part armchair travel, part coming-of-age story, this debut work transcends the memoir genre and ushers in a brave new voice in American nonfiction.

Tricycle ?It's worth reading this book twice. Once for the story-absorbing and, at times, amusing-and once more for the poetry: crystalline observations of people and place that float alongside the narrative. What could have been a simple coming-of-age tale is, in Coffin's hands, a wry, at times lyrical commentary on cultural identity and Buddhist practice."

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