The Art of Shen Ku

The Art of Shen Ku

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by Zeek
     
 

What is Shen Ku? Roughly translated: "Pure Traveler" or "Phantom Passenger." What exactly is the "art of...?" Mastering the skill and knowledge of practically everything anyone comes across while on Earth, including:

* Tying knots and enhancing sex
* Numerology and self hypnosis

• Herbal therapy and forecasting weather

• Curing nosebleeds

Overview

What is Shen Ku? Roughly translated: "Pure Traveler" or "Phantom Passenger." What exactly is the "art of...?" Mastering the skill and knowledge of practically everything anyone comes across while on Earth, including:

* Tying knots and enhancing sex
* Numerology and self hypnosis

• Herbal therapy and forecasting weather

• Curing nosebleeds and removing stains
* Kung fu and magic tricks
* Isometric and breathing exercises of monks
* Self defense and catching fish

And this is only the beginning.

Irreverent and quirky, serious and 100% straightforward, The Art of Shen Ku explores hundreds of topics from a broad spectrum of life situations, and gives ingeniously simple advice on how to cope with them, overcome them, use them, and benefit from them.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"One amazing book...intensely practical. Offering awesome crash courses in everything from joke telling to acupuncture...if you are a traveler in life, this book is for you. If you have anybody who needs an awe-inspiring present, then this book is for you. In short, buy it!" —The Travel and Leisure Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399527258
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
1 PERIGEE
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
266,942
Product dimensions:
8.53(w) x 10.87(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"One amazing book...intensely practical. Offering awesome crash courses in everything from joke telling to acupuncture...if you are a traveler in life, this book is for you. If you have anybody who needs an awe-inspiring present, then this book is for you. In short, buy it!" —The Travel and Leisure Magazine

Meet the Author

Zeek is the pen name of Steve Dolby, a native of England, who ventured around the world in a handmade sailing cutter. His travels took him to many corners of the globe where he gathered the wisdom which he compiled for this book.

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The Art of Shen Ku 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
JahaRa More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It is chock full of information and opinoins and pictures on every page. It covers a plethora of subjects and is funnier than the 'pocket survival' guides.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really great book. It's differentfrom any other I have ever picked up. What's so great about it is that it combines humor and imagination with health and philosophy. I can tell that the knowledge comes from a wide range of cultures especially because of the animations that the book has. It's amazing how it can go from repairing shoelaces to surviving a natural disaster with a few flips of the pages. It talks about yoga, numerology, nutrition and much, much more. It is guaranteed that anyone can find something that interest them in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Originally, I bought The Art of Shen Ku as a gift for my Dad. He¿s impossible to buy for, has everything he needs, etc., etc., etc. While I did give him the book for Christmas, I did not give him the one I bought. I started reading it and couldn¿t put it down, so I had to get him another copy! This book is full of fascinating facts and insights. It has information about everything you want to know about, plus some extra stuff it never occurred to you to wonder about! I never knew I needed to know how to make roofs and walls from leaves, but now I know, just in case the need should arise. The book has an excellent reference section for natural remedies. I found this particularly handy as few of the natural remedies you find in stores actually tell you what they¿re good for & I¿ve always wondered. This section, along with the rapid reference to symptoms of various vitamin deficiencies, makes me feel well armed to walk into a health food store and make informed purchases (rather than my usual wandering around aimlessly and picking up random bottles of supplements and wondering what they do). From natural remedies to magic tricks, this book has it all. Acupressure, food storage, knots, self defense, exercise, disease diagnoses through hair and/or facial features, numerology, handwriting analysis - on and on! I highly recommend this very readable, very informative book to everyone, especially to those who have ¿hard to buy for¿ people on their gift lists.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm still trying to figure out how this guy "Zeek" (the other reviewer is right - you SHOULD buy this book just based on the author's name) managed to fit so much into one book. It seems that everytime I pick it up, I discover something new. Its a fantastic book for wanderers, travellers, the curious, knowledge fanatics, and those who are just curious about different aspects of life. While its particularly useful for those of us with a real wanderlust, I've managed to apply it in some mundane ways around the house. So not only is the "philosophy" very intersting and thought provoking, but its a PRACTICAL book as well!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I were to ever go on the show Survivor, this book is the one item I would bring. This is definitely a book you want to have in your book collection. When I first received it (a week ago), I just skimmed through the whole thing. I have since gone back to it to look up headache reliefs, yoga positions, and how to interpret dreams. My one criticism of the book is that it comes across as obviously written from the male point of view. I'm sorry, but herbs to increase breast size - please! But all in all, I recommend this book, especially as a x-mas gift for any hard-to-shop-for people on your list!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was confused about this book when I looked at it I thought it was a comic book. To my surprize It included everything I have ever questioned about life, sickness or survival and even more. Seriously everyone should have it. Whatever you question, look it up in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received the book approximately one week ago and I haven't been able put it down since. Recently, before I received the book, I began researching on SAD(Seasonal Affective Disorder). To ensure the book's validity to you, SAD and page 15 'A Traveler's Asian Health Secrets VII' agree. That immediately keep my interest. The martial arts moves and tips on how to deal will bullies & bandits are also helpful. This book made my life more enjoyable. I give it five well deserved stars! Thank you Zeek!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is only one word for this book and it is awesome. This book gives you knowledge for every walk of life. It tells you what vitamins to take for certain health conditions such as acne, backache, and even insomnia. If you are looking for natural remedies for almost any condition this is the book. It even gives you tips on how to survive disaster situations, how to build a dehydrator, and even how to tie knots in anyway for everything you need them for. This is by far the best book and it gives you so much information on health needs, entertainment, illnesses, and everything in between. I would say if you any person a hunter, mother, gardener or any other person for that matter this is the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Art of Shen Ku, a book by a guy named Zeek (that alone should make you want to read the book) is packed with awesome facts. It is based on ancient Asian ways. It has facts about almost everything from how to cure a common cold, to karate, to traveling tips. It would be the ultimate gift this holiday season. Everyone who can read would be able to enjoy this book, its really a solid gift, for even the pickeyest of gift recievers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has so much stuff in it you wont be able to put it down! I love the acupressure instructions, survival tips, herbal remedies, healthy recipes exercises and yoga guide!!! My favorite part is the natural beauty treatment recipes. There is something in this book for everyone, and the artwork is absolutely beautiful! This guy Zeek has traveled around the world getting this information, you really have to see it to believe it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Art of Shen Ku is packed with everything you could ever need to know in life. But it isn't boring at all! This book has great humor and it even has characters that help you in your journey. I am very impressed with this book and I find myself looking through it all the time. Everyone should have a copy of it! And its a great g
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! It has everything in it and would make a great gift for someone! Shen Ku has everything from Yoga poses to how to read your own palm. It is a book by a man who traveled the world and this is his book full of his discoveries! I could sit down and read it for hours because it is full of such interesting information and cool drawings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was hard for me to put the book down even for this review. Everything you've ever wanted to know is covered in this book. It's the kind of book that you would like to have if you're stranded. Some of the topics included are skin issues, yoga, sickness, foods and dieting, child care, surviving a disaster, and much more. Just check out the book at a local bookstore and I dare you not to purchase it. Check out the following sections: * Find out what SHEN KU actually means -- See page D1 * Skin Problems: "A Travelers's Guide to Beating Skin Problems" -- See page 120 * Yoga: "A Traveler's Conscise Guide to Yoga Positions" -- See pages 213-214 * Colds: "How to Combat Body Colds from the Inside Out" -- See page 14 * Travel: Stay safe and healthy as you travel, and learn what to pack -- See page 5 * Survive a Disaster: Learn what to do in case of tornado, earthquake, hurricane, nuclear bomb, fire, and other disasters. -- See pages 17-18
Guest More than 1 year ago
so, this book is fantastic! not only is it informative, but it takes a gr-eat approach to life in general. i totally recommend it to anyone.....! its great for any age, any type of person; makes a perfect gift for those hard-to-shop-for people (you know who im talking about, hehe). i throughly enjoyed it: think of it as the Worst Case Scenario book times 100...! plus, the artwork rocks! DEFINETELY coffee table worthy! i especially enjoyed the "how to deal with bullies and bandits" section....apparently, the author travels around the world, picking up information from the depths of every country...extremely intersting...! gets my absolute stamp of approval!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is loaded with tons of useful info. It goes into everything, from diet tips, how to navigate, finding food and water, to magic tricks and martial arts. It's the ultimate survival guide.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would give this 5 stars for cleverness. 5 stars for usefullness, and 4 stars for implied humor. Almost anything you could possibly want to know (in general terms) about life and travel is in here. It is worth looking at it, just for the pictures.