Book Review | Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman

Title: Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven
Author: Susan Jane Gilman
Publish Date: 2/8/2010
Price: $13.99/$16.99
ISBN: 9780446696937
Pages: 320

From the Publisher: 

In 1986, Susan Jane Gilman and a classmate embarked on a bold trek around the globe starting in the People’s Republic of China. At that point, China had been open to independent backpackers for roughly ten minutes. Armed only with the collected works of Nietzsche and Linda Goodman’s Love Signs, the two friends plunged into the dusty streets of Shanghai. Unsurprisingly, they quickly found themselves in over their heads–hungry, disoriented, stripped of everything familiar, and under constant government surveillance. Soon, they began to unravel–one physically, the other psychologically. As their journey became increasingly harrowing, they found themselves facing crises that Susan didn’t think they’d survive. But by summoning strengths she never knew she had–and with help from unexpected friends–the two travelers found their way out of a Chinese heart of darkness.

My Review:

I was surprised by the fact that I found this book such a page turner. It sounded interesting to me before I cracked open the pages but generally I do not get into these type of books as much as fiction books. Susan’s writing style is brilliant, honest, and witty. The whole story of her travels had me riveted and in suspense. Susan and her friend met many beautiful and intriguing people on their journey. There were strangers who went out of there way to help Susan and her friend; it made me feel good about humanity and people. I found it hard to believe this was actually a true story despite some of the name changes; some of the events were so bizarre and scary. Susan is definitely a brave woman to be able to get through all that she did and still be able to write the story with such humor and straightforwardness.

Buy It: You can buy Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven for $13.99. It is on sale for $10.07 on Amazon right now.

Disclaimer: I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. No monetary compensation was involved. 


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