Mr Muo's Travelling Couch Author:Dai Sijie, Ina Rilke (Translator) After years of studying Freud in Paris, Mr. Muo returns home to introduce the blessings of psychoanalysis to twenty-first-century China. But it is his hidden purpose -to liberate his university sweetheart, now a political prisoner- that leads him to the sadistic local magistrate, Judge Di. The price of the Communist bureaucrat’s clem... more »ency? A virgin maiden. And so our middle-aged hero Muo, a Westernized romantic and sexual innocent himself, sets off on his bicycle in search of a suitable girl.
Muo’s quest will take him from a Chengdu mortuary to a rural panda habitat, from an insane asylum to the haunts of the marauding Lolo people. Along the way, he will lose a tooth, his virginity, and his once unshakable faith in psychoanalytic insight. But his quixotic idealism will not waver, even as he comes to see that the chivalrous heart may have room for more than one true love.« less
I was eager to read this book as I am really enjoyed his previous book. This one kinda fell flat for me. The main character was really pretty odd, he never really developed enough for me to care about him. It never really pieced together as a story and it was hard to work through the reasoning why he was in love with this one girl from college. More backstory fill in would have been great. Interesting odd story but not a real page turner.
but not shabby in it's own right either. Daj Sijie has a way of putting words on a page and painting the Chinese experience for westerners that is wonder-filled and inspiring. The ending left me slightly disappointed though.