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American Shaolin by Matthew Polly

The subtitle to this book, “Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China” says much about this book.

The author, Matthew Polly, decides one day he’s going to turn his somewhat nerdy self into a fighting monk.  In many ways this is a coming of age story that will have you rooting for the underdog.  You don’t necessarily have to be a fan of martial arts, China, or Buddhism, but you will most certainly learn something of the history of the ancient Shaolin Temple and the very amazing fighting monks who train and live there.  In addition you will gain a bit of knowledge of Chinese culture.

I’m drawn to stories of people who take big leaps of faith and attempt things others deem impossible.  So this story was perfect for me and I think it would a wonderful, inspiring book for teens and young adults who are struggling to find their place in the world.  This is a solid A book.


August 29, 2008 - Posted by | Books | , , , ,

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