Dec 8, 2009

Mr. Muo's Travelling Couch, a novel by Dai Sijie

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading Choose two sentences from your current read, and add the author and title for readers.

Mr. Muo's Traveling Couch by Dai Sijie, 2005.
"Listen here, young lady," he says, his voice in the dark low and sincere, as befits the grandson of a pastor, "there's no need to be afraid. It's only me, the psychoanalyst you were talking to earlier." (ch. 1)(translated from the French by Ina Rilke)
Publisher's description: "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."

In this imaginative novel, Mr. Muo tries to free his girlfriend being held a political prisoner in China, but is told by the local magistrate there that he must find a virgin in exchange for clemency. The book follows Mr. Muo's adventures through China on his quest for the right girl.

Dai Sijie, a Chinese-born filmmaker and writer, has lived in France since 1984. He also wrote the best-selling novel, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress.  I hope to submit this book to two challenges: The China Challenge and Lost in Translation Challenge.

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25 comments:

  1. This sounds good! It's going on my list...

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  2. Sounds good! I loved his other book...Balzac and the Chinese Seamstress.

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  3. A great teaser and sounds like a great book.
    Hope you are enjoying it.
    My teaser is here at The Burton Review

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  4. awesome teaser!
    Enjoy your day

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  5. This does sound good!

    Here's mine:

    http://laurel-rain-snow.blogspot.com/2009/12/teaser-tuesdays.html

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  6. This looks great. I read Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress a while ago and have always wanted to re-read it. Here's my teaser.

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  7. Now that sounds good, and I did enjoy Balzac and the Chinese Seamstress. Time to update the wishlist!

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  8. This is definitely going on my wish list. I really enjoyed Balzac and this sounds really interesting.

    Thanks for stopping by my teaser!

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  9. Excellent teaser and a must-read! My TT: http://www.rundpinne.com/2009/12/possibility-teaser-tuesdays.html

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  10. Wow sounds like an very interesting book. Going on my TBR pile.
    Here is mine:http://sumanam.wordpress.com/

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  11. Sounds veeerrry good. And I love the cover!

    Mine is here:
    http://bookblabbing.blogspot.com/2009/12/teaser-tuesday_08.html

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  12. Sounds interesting! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  13. Looks good and looks tempting.

    --Malcolm

    P.S. My teaser is here:

    http://jockstewart.typepad.com/writers_notebook/2009/12/tuesday-teaser-when-mermaids-sing.html

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  14. Good choice for the challenges. Enjoy!

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  15. Oh, that's very good! I think knowing I was talking to a psychoanalyst would not make me feel very reassured! Sounds like a good read - I really enjoyed his "Balzac" book. Great teaser!

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  16. That's such a great snippet! I can hear the low, sonorous voice in my head... Nice teaser!

    Thanks for coming by my blog earlier!

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  17. Interesting teaser and I read it in a low soothing voice in my mind!

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  18. This sounds really interesting. I've not heard of it before, so I'll have to check it out.

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  19. The cover is really cool and I like the fact that it is a translation.

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  20. Wow sounds DEEP, I'm intrigued.

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