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Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven

Susan Jane Gilman

They were young, brilliant, and bold. They set out to conquer the world. But the world had other plans for them. Bestselling author Susan Jane Gilman's new memoir is a hilarious and harrowing journey, a modern heart of darkness filled with Communist operatives, backpackers, and pancakes. In 1986, fresh out of college, Gilman and her friend Claire yearned to do something daring and original that did not involve getting a job. Inspired by a place mat at the International House of Pancakes, they decided to embark on an ambitious trip around the globe, starting in the People's Republic of . At that point, had been open to independent travelers for roughly ten minutes. Armed only with the collected works of Nietzsche, an astrological love guide, and an arsenal of bravado, the two friends plunged into the dusty streets of . Unsurprisingly, they quickly found themselves in over their heads. As they ventured off the map deep into Chinese territory, they were stripped of everything familiar and forced to confront their limitations amid culture shock and government surveillance. What began as a journey full of humor, eroticism, and enlightenment grew increasingly sinister-becoming a real-life international thriller that transformed them forever. Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven is a flat-out page-turner, an astonishing true story of hubris and redemption told with Gilman's trademark compassion, lyricism, and wit.

They were young, brilliant, and bold. They set out to conquer the world. But the world had other plans for them. Bestselling author Susan Jane Gilman's new memoir is a hilarious and harrowing journey, a modern heart of darkness filled with Communist operatives, backpackers, and pancakes. In 1986, fresh out of college, Gilman and her friend Claire yearned to do something daring and original that did not involve getting a job. Inspired by a place mat at the International House of Pancakes, they decided to embark on an ambitious trip around the globe, starting in the People's Republic of . At that point, had been open to independent travelers for roughly ten minutes. Armed only with the collected works of Nietzsche, an astrological love guide, and an arsenal of bravado, the two friends plunged into the dusty streets of . Unsurprisingly, they quickly found themselves in over their heads. As they ventured off the map deep into Chinese territory, they were stripped of everything familiar and forced to confront their limitations amid culture shock and government surveillance. What began as a journey full of humor, eroticism, and enlightenment grew increasingly sinister-becoming a real-life international thriller that transformed them forever. Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven is a flat-out page-turner, an astonishing true story of hubris and redemption told with Gilman's trademark compassion, lyricism, and wit.
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They were young, brilliant, and bold. They set out to conquer the world. But the world had other plans for them. Bestselling author Susan Jane Gilman's new memoir is a hilarious and harrowing journey, a modern heart of darkness filled with Communist operatives, backpackers, and pancakes. In 1986, fresh out of college, Gilman and her friend Claire yearned to do something daring and original that did not involve getting a job. Inspired by a place mat at the International House of Pancakes, they decided to embark on an ambitious trip around the globe, starting in the People's Republic of . At that point, had been open to independent travelers for roughly ten minutes. Armed only with the collected works of Nietzsche, an astrological love guide, and an arsenal of bravado, the two friends plunged into the dusty streets of . Unsurprisingly, they quickly found themselves in over their heads. As they ventured off the map deep into Chinese territory, they were stripped of everything familiar and forced to confront their limitations amid culture shock and government surveillance. What began as a journey full of humor, eroticism, and enlightenment grew increasingly sinister-becoming a real-life international thriller that transformed them forever. Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven is a flat-out page-turner, an astonishing true story of hubris and redemption told with Gilman's trademark compassion, lyricism, and wit.

Language:

English

Length:

7h 35m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

01:25


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:04


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:44


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:47


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:40


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:01


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:26


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:17


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:08


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:14


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:34


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:38


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:35


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:16


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:59


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:29


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:07


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:25


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:46


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:22


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:40


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:53


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:23


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:43


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:01


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:31


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:00


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:32


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:23


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:07


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:42


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:03


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:50


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:08


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:25


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:20


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:46


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:51


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:16


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:56


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:53


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:52


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:11


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:40


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:00


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:30


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:25


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:06


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:19


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:55


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:24


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:38


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:46


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:50


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:51


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:10


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:04


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

01:48


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:08


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:15


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:38


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:22


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:19


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:21


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:15


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:08


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:15


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:42


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:23


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

01:19