Great book, learned alot about eastern culture and the differences amongst us in the western world. American Shaolin is a must read because it makes you feel like your living the speakers life, it is a unique and interesting book.
What was your emotional reaction as you read? Why? Inspirational, It shows readers that anyone can pursue what they're dreams are and overcoming their fears Who would you recommend this reading to and why? Yes! Like I said its inspirational, inforative, and interesting. You learn about the shaolin culture and what they "dont tell us" about their lifestyles Consider the setting. Old rural … more
I read this book before taking a trip to the same temple to train with monks. Polly's book is generally autobiographical and I got to observe many phenomena he described in his book. I can vouch for much of his authenticity and appreciate the vividness and detail he puts into his descriptions. I also appreciate the effort he put into his travels and the contributions his trip made toward Shaolin's relationship with the US. Polly is a very clever writer with a very good education … more
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