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A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants: A Memoir

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Six years ago at the age of twenty-one, Jaed Muncharoen Coffin, a half-Thai American man, left New England’s privileged Middlebury College to be ordained as a Buddhist monk in his mother’s native village of Panomsarakram–thus fulfilling a familial obligation. While addressing the notions of displacement, ethnic identity, and cultural belonging, A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants chronicles his time at the temple that rain season–receiving alms in the streets in saffron robes; bathing in the canals; learning to meditate in a mountaintop hut; and falling in love with Lek, a beautiful Thai woman who comes to represent the life he can have if he stays. Part armchair travel, part coming-of-age story, this debut work transcends the memoir genre and ushers in a brave new voice in American nonfiction.

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Author

Jaed Coffin

Binding

Paperback

EAN

9780306815263

EANList

9780306815263

Edition

1st Da Capo Press Ed

ISBN

0306815265

ItemDimensions

820, hundredths-inches, 540, hundredths-inches, 55, hundredths-pounds, 51, hundredths-inches

Label

Da Capo Press

Languages

English, Published, English, Original Language, English, Unknown

Manufacturer

Da Capo Press

NumberOfItems

1

NumberOfPages

205

PackageDimensions

70, hundredths-inches, 820, hundredths-inches, 50, hundredths-pounds, 540, hundredths-inches

PackageQuantity

1

ProductGroup

Book

ProductTypeName

ABIS_BOOK

PublicationDate

2008-01-08

Publisher

Da Capo Press

ReleaseDate

2008-01-08

Studio

Da Capo Press

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