The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto

by Pico Iyer | Travel | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0679738347 Global Overview for this book
Registered by prachitulshan of Kolkata, West Bengal India on 12/10/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by prachitulshan from Kolkata, West Bengal India on Thursday, December 10, 2009
Iyer, author of Video Night in Kathmandu ( LJ 4/1/88), has written a lyrical fable about the Japan of both yesterday and today. He is drawn to Japan, he explains, because "everyone falls in love with what he cannot begin to understand." He begins by traveling to a Kyoto monastery to study Zen Buddhism, which is part of his effort to "get to the urgent truth." This leads him to a friendship with a bourgeois housewife named Sachiko, who is fascinated by the West. Iyer sets out to understand Sachiko and, by extension, Japanese culture. With his light touch for travel writing, Iyer selectively weaves the plaintive love poems and stories of Buddhist priests into his narrative. His sensitive treatment is recommended for most travel collections.
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I delightedly bought this book brand new, a few years ago, on a recommendation of a friend and book lover. I remember clutching it excitedly and asking my grandparents who'd taken me to Landmark, to buy it for me. Before I could read it though, I lent it to a friend, after which I came to Delhi. I will retrieve this from her when I go home for vacations. I think this shall be a good addition to the Asian VBB. :)

Released 9 yrs ago (8/20/2010 UTC) at Asian VBB, --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases


This book is finally off to tsjara for the Asian VBB organised by ApoloniaX. My sincere apologies for the long delay!

Journal Entry 3 by Tsjara at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, August 31, 2010
This was waiting for me at my old address (I moved house in June) and I had totally forgotten about this book.. but it's safe now :)
Thanks prachitulshan for sending and for the labels/stickers!
It sounds like a great read, I'm looking forward to it ^-^

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