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Bones of the Master George Crane

Bones of the Master

George Crane

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ISBN : 9780593041796
Hardcover
304 pages
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In the steady hands of poet George Crane, previously unknown Zen master Tsung Tsai comes off as truly extraordinary. A poet, philosopher, house builder, scientist, doctor, and when necessary, kung fu ass-kicker, Tsung Tsai would still be wanderingMoreIn the steady hands of poet George Crane, previously unknown Zen master Tsung Tsai comes off as truly extraordinary. A poet, philosopher, house builder, scientist, doctor, and when necessary, kung fu ass-kicker, Tsung Tsai would still be wandering about anonymously if it were not, Crane says, for the need of financing provided by an advance on this book. The last of the monks from his Chinese monastery, Tsung Tsai felt he had to return one last time to find and honor his masters bones and rekindle his tradition. Crane recounts their joint adventure, opening with Tsung Tsais harrowing decades-earlier escape from newly communist China, walking from Inner Mongolia to Hong Kong through a war-torn, famine-struck, psychotic land, nearly starving along the way. Crane, a self-styled hedonist neer-do-well, who says that meditation makes him nauseous, sets the stage for an entrancing buddy story back to China with this highly disciplined but carefree Zen master. As their mutual affection grows, Crane absorbs Tsung Tsais spare but demanding philosophy, which sustains them through the base poverty of northern China, a life-threatening 18-hour climb up and down a treacherous mountain, and a confrontation with a master of black magic. A page-turner and an eye-opener, Bones of the Master is worth every penny of that advance. --Brian Bruya