Summer Reading Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lisa Howorth: IMG So Many Books, So Many Writers



I'm not a bookseller, but I'm married to one, and Square Books is a family. And we all know about families and how hard it is to disassociate... Continue »

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$5.50
List price: $14.99
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
4 Beaverton Literature- A to Z

The Samurai's Garden

by

The Samurai's Garden Cover

ISBN13: 9780312144074
ISBN10: 0312144075
Condition: Standard
All Product Details

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Japanese father, Tsukiyama uses the Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s as a somber backdrop for her unusual story about a 20-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen who is sent to his family's summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis. Here he is cared for by Matsu, a reticent housekeeper and a master gardener. Over the course of a remarkable year, Stephen learns Matsu's secret and gains not only physical strength, but also profound spiritual insight. Matsu is a samurai of the soul, a man devoted to doing good and finding beauty in a cruel and arbitrary world, and Stephen is a noble student, learning to appreciate Matsu's generous and nurturing way of life and to love Matsu's soulmate, gentle Sachi, a woman afflicted with leprosy.

Born to a Chinese mother and a Japanese father in San Francisco, Gail Tsukiyama now lives in El Cerrito, California. Her other novels include Dreaming Water, Women of the Silk, The Language of Threads, and Night of Many Dreams.
In this widely popular novel—with over 100,000 copies in print—beloved California author Tsukiyama uses the Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s as the somber backdrop for an unusual story about a 20-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen Chan.

When Stephen is sent, on the eve of World War II, to his family's summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from tuberculosis, he comes under the care of Matsu, a reticent housekeeper and master gardener. Over the course of a remarkable year, Stephen learns Matsu's secrets, gaining not only physical strength but profound spiritual insight. For Matsu is a samurai of the soul, a man devoted to doing good and finding beauty in a cruel and arbitrary world. In Stephen he finds a noble student, one eager to appreciate Matsu's generous and nurturing life ways—and to love Matsu's soulmate, gentle Sachi, a woman afflicted with leprosy.

Sensitive, genuine, insightful, and accessible—equally rich in its compelling characters and situations—The Samurai's Garden is a well-written, multi-faceted story blending art, culture, society, history, and personal experience.

"Tsukiyama brings a fluid, smooth elegance to the complicated story she tells."—San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

"An exraordinarily graceful and moving novel about goodness and beauty. Tsukiyama is a wise and spellbinding storyteller."—Booklist

"Austerely beautiful . . . A book to be read slowly and savored."—Anniston Star (Texas)

"Beautifully crafted . . . Tsukiyama's writing is crystalline and delicate, most notably in her evocation of time and place."—Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Tsukiyama is a wise and spellbinding storyteller." Booklist

Synopsis:

The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Japanese father, Tsukiyama uses the Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s as a somber backdrop for her unusual story about a 20-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen who is sent to his family's summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis. Here he is cared for by Matsu, a reticent housekeeper and a master gardener. Over the course of a remarkable year, Stephen learns Matsu's secret and gains not only physical strength, but also profound spiritual insight. Matsu is a samurai of the soul, a man devoted to doing good and finding beauty in a cruel and arbitrary world, and Stephen is a noble student, learning to appreciate Matsu's generous and nurturing way of life and to love Matsu's soulmate, gentle Sachi, a woman afflicted with leprosy.

About the Author

Born to a Chinese mother and a Japanese father in San Francisco, Gail Tsukiyama now lives in El Cerrito, California. Her novels include Dreaming Water, Women of the Silk, The Language of Threads, and Night of Many Dreams.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 8 comments:

symphonysanford, March 19, 2013 (view all comments by symphonysanford)
I loved this novel. I really enjoyed her style, very calm and lovely. I had to buy every book of her's after this.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
christian3255, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by christian3255)
Beautiful and untraditional love story. I learned so much about the Chinese and Japanese cultures too. A quick read!
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
Mary Chartowich, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Mary Chartowich)
I always enjoy Gail Tsukiyama's writing and this book is an excellent read. Well told story.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
View all 8 comments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312144074
Author:
Tsukiyama, Gail
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Chinese
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Tuberculosis
Subject:
Romance - Adult
Subject:
Japan History 1926-1945 Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
99/058
Publication Date:
19960431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.01 x 5.6 x 0.68 in

Other books you might like

  1. Life of Pi
    Used Mass Market $4.95
  2. Thousand Acres
    Used Book Club Hardcover $1.00
  3. Red Tent
    Used Mass Market $5.95
  4. Siddhartha: Siddhartha (Shambhala... Used Trade Paper $7.00
  5. Affliction Used Trade Paper $4.50
  6. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
    Used Trade Paper $3.95

Related Subjects


Featured Titles » General
Featured Titles » Literature
Featured Titles » Miscellaneous Award Winners
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Sale Books

The Samurai's Garden Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$5.50 In Stock
Product details 224 pages St. Martin's Griffin - English 9780312144074 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Tsukiyama is a wise and spellbinding storyteller."
"Synopsis" by ,
The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Japanese father, Tsukiyama uses the Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s as a somber backdrop for her unusual story about a 20-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen who is sent to his family's summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis. Here he is cared for by Matsu, a reticent housekeeper and a master gardener. Over the course of a remarkable year, Stephen learns Matsu's secret and gains not only physical strength, but also profound spiritual insight. Matsu is a samurai of the soul, a man devoted to doing good and finding beauty in a cruel and arbitrary world, and Stephen is a noble student, learning to appreciate Matsu's generous and nurturing way of life and to love Matsu's soulmate, gentle Sachi, a woman afflicted with leprosy.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.