The Exact Unknown and Other Tales of Modern China

The Exact Unknown and Other Tales of Modern China A foreign teacher struggles with proper whipping technique on his female student while another gives his student a mysterious substance known as LSD One foreign teacher is suspected of secretly filmi

  • Title: The Exact Unknown and Other Tales of Modern China
  • Author: Isham Cook
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A foreign teacher struggles with proper whipping technique on his female student, while another gives his student a mysterious substance known as LSD One foreign teacher is suspected of secretly filming his students in the nude, while another seems to have brainwashed his class into a sex cult In other stories, a sex robot rapes its owner, a female professor trolls caf sA foreign teacher struggles with proper whipping technique on his female student, while another gives his student a mysterious substance known as LSD One foreign teacher is suspected of secretly filming his students in the nude, while another seems to have brainwashed his class into a sex cult In other stories, a sex robot rapes its owner, a female professor trolls caf s minus her underwear, a store clerk softens up a stingy customer with his fist, and a foreigner comprehends all too slowly the home he is visiting is not a family but a scam.Whether it s locals colliding with foreigners or with each other on the big chessboard with no rules called China, this pioneering collection of delightfully disturbing tales by one unruly foreigner dredges up comedy blacker than a black hole ishamcook

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    About “Isham Cook

    • Isham Cook

      American novelist and essayist based in China since 1994 Writing philosophy downmarket, big concept, provocative, discriminating, outrageous My new release AMERICAN ROCOCO ESSAYS ON THE EDGE now available on NetGalley through the end of June.

    529 thoughts on “The Exact Unknown and Other Tales of Modern China

    • Isham Cook is quite the blogger. The mysterious Beijing-based writer has completed a new book of blogs reformatted as literary short tales entitled “The Exact Unknown and Other Tales of Modern China,” a follow-up to 2012′s novel “Lust & Philosophy.” Full of grotesque universal truths, strange depictions of Eastern modernity, and the proverbial expats caught in the middle, the book can be flawed in sections but is always a compelling read.In the introduction Cook explains to readers [...]


    • The short story is a much maligned artform in recent years. Once the vehicle for many a fine author to express themselves in (Edgar Allan Poe, HP Lovecraft, Arthur Conan Doyle, HG Wells… hell, even Charles Dickens), the short story has fallen out of favour in the 21st century. Publishing styles were to blame for both the rise and the fall of the short story. Back in the 19th century, authors looking to establish themselves would submit their stories to magazines and journals, thus stories woul [...]


    • I enjoyed reading the cultural part of this book. The traditions and customs of China were interesting to read. I also thought it was interesting to read about some of the young women in China and their beliefs and ideas. I didn't like that most of this book describes men in a position of power using their position on their students in order to gain sex. I thought some of the stories were negligent and horrifying in the way some of these young women were treated. I was offended as a woman that s [...]


    • Isham Cook is not just a very distinctive voice in Asia-based fiction and journalism. In his treatment of sex he is a pioneer, and China writing in English would be much poorer without him.In a stunningly brilliant post on his blog entitled “The Ventriloquist’s Dilemma: Asexual Anglo travelogues of China”, Cook pokes fun at the fact that most foreign travel writers who write about China tiptoe daintily and uncomfortably around the question of sex. There are allusions, there are shudders, b [...]


    • Truth Is Stranger Than FictionAs a fellow old China hand of more than a decade, Cook’s tales ring true and capture “the lived experience of the place (where one is constantly) racing to keep ahead of the reality disintegrating around you”. His writing is articulate, unfussy and refreshingly unsentimental, befitting this exploration of many of the surreal and darker daily realities of this fascinating, frenetic country.Although the sexual thread running through many of these tales may be a [...]


    • At once reviled and respected by his contemporaries, underground blogger Isham Cook is an expatriate to contend with, covering sexy and sordid subject matter that not even the most cavalier Old China Hand would confess.His debut book, Lust & Philosophy, was a primal rampage largely set in Beijing (where Cook moonlights as a professor), though its experimental narrative ensured that it never reach a mass-market audience. In The Exact Unknown, Cook presents a more palatable read, but still man [...]


    • 这是一本短篇故事集, 其中三篇以戏剧形式展开。作者艾沙姆打破所有道德禁忌,描写了他旅居中国期间和中国女人的传奇约会,更确切地说是have sex的经历。而其中很多故事的背景设置在大学校园,是一名外教的故事,这一点在书的背面已经说明。这个简介读起来挺骇人的,难道老师不是传道、授业、解惑的吗?这位老师怎么如此热衷于把女学生勾引上床?!带着猎奇的心理 [...]


    • I came across this book throgh the Booktasters twitter handle. Appealing to my inquisitive nature of global anthropology; I completely enjoyed reading Isham Cook's collection of tales. As a reader I found delightful portraits of China and her inner people, hidden beneath the full frontal sexual accomplishments and witty negotiations our author so lovingly shares, along with clear depictions of cultural insight. "On the Mainland, Cantonese food is distinguishable from other regional cuisines not [...]


    • 现在生活在地球两端、拥有着不同肤色和眼眸的人们有可能听的是同样的音乐看的是同样的电影,而我们彼此之间究竟是相同多,还是差异多?那些可能就出现在我们身边的碰瓷老人、地铁里面无表情的乘客、被包养的美貌女子…… 出现在文学故事而不是当地新闻中时,给我们的是熟悉感多,还是陌生感多呢?对于世界本来的真相和我们业已熟知的一切,究竟是我们肉眼所见 [...]


    • *received from booktasters for an honest review*An honest and intimate look of people meeting and having casual sex. Wow! Intriguing, raw, a bit of humor and drama from the short stories of sexual experiences.


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