With iron & silk, the introduction is basic indeed — about first-grade level sinophile mark salzman not only wrote a book about his postgrad years teaching english in china, he plays himself in. This book is the stuff of legends 'iron and silk' one of a triad of books by americans teaching in china as a group, these books together clearly illustrate the blind men and the elephant that is china the other two books are 'river town' by peter hessler and 'pretty woman spitting' by leana adams.
Iron & silk is a 1990 movie based on the eponymous book by american writer mark salzmanit details his journey to china after college to study chinese wu shu, better known in the west as kung fu, and to teach englishthough not trained as an actor, salzman starred as himself, as did pan qingfu, who claimed no one else could portray him on film salzman's experiences occurred in changsha, hunan. Mark salzman majors in chinese language and literature at yale university where he becomes fluent in mandarin and cantonese dialects as well as classic chinese wins the williams prize for the best paper on eastern culture during his senior year at yale. This is the second book by mark salzman that i have read the first was lying awake and that lovely book inspired me to search out more of salzman's works iron & silk was the first book he wrote, telling of the two years he spent in china teaching english in the early 80's salzman has a wonderful way of describing the people he meets.
Mark salzman's book iron and silk is great for many reasons it's one of the best travel books ever written it's a great book about martial arts it's a great look at the differences between east and west and it's a great look at chinese culture and society the book is really good the film adaptation of the book is interesting. The back cover of this book tells me mark salzman graduated phi beta kappa, summa cum laude from yale in 1982 with a degree in chinese language and literature this book is much more than a martial arts book. Mark salzman writes about his experiences as an english teacher in the hunan province of south central china in his work, iron & silk the title represents two forms of martial arts where one form is harsh and muscular and the other is softer and gentler but just as effective mark's interest in china and its culture was sparked at an early age. The book gives a glimpse of chinese politics, culture, history, way of life and philosophy the book can be interesting for people interested in marital arts, oriental philosophy and chinese culture sources salzman, mark iron and silk, vintage, 1987.
Mark salzman is the author of iron & silk, an account of his two years in china lost in place, a memoir and the novels the laughing sutra, the soloist, and lying awake. Salzman plays a thinly disguised version of himself as mark franklin, a western kung fu film-fanatic who travels to china to find spiritual enlightenment mark graduates from college as a chinese culture major and gets a job teaching english at a small college in hangzhou.
Before there was peter hessler, there was mark salzman this first book of his, iron and silk, a memoir of time spent in china, was totally charming excellent writing, a keen eye, and a sly, self-deprecating sense of humor marked salzman as a writer to watch his subsequent writing career has been unorthodox, but interesting. Iron & silk by mark salzman is mark's story of his time in china while teaching english mark spent 1982-1984 in chang-sha, hunan teaching at hunan medical college during his time there, mark learned many chinese techniques, such as multiple martial art forms as well as calligraphy. Buy a cheap copy of iron and silk book by mark salzman in 1982, salzman flew off to teach english in changsha, china he writes of bureaucrats, students and cultural revolution survivors, stripping none of their free shipping over $10.
Within the context of iron and silk, to say that the pen is mightier than the sword might spark a spirited debate, as author mark salzman demonstrates an excellent parity of skill with both. About mark salzman mark salzman is the author of iron & silk, an account of his two years in china lost in place, a memoir and the novels the laughing sutra, the soloist, and lying awake.
Iron and silk shirley sun directed this charming martial arts movie based on mark salzman's book on his experiences teaching in china salzman plays a thinly disguised version of himself as mark franklin, a western kung fu film-fanatic who travels to china to find spiritual enlightenment.
A harh critique and instructor and a strict disciplinarian to his students he also lands at least 1000 punches every day on a heavy iron disc, earning the nickname iron fist this nickname can be used interchangably to describe his callused right hand and his strength and personality.