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The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto (Vintage Departures)

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When Pico Iyer decided to go to Kyoto and live in a monastery, he did so to learn about Zen Buddhism from the inside, to get to know Kyoto, one of the loveliest old cities in the world, and to find out something about Japanese culture today — not the world of businessmen and production lines, but the traditional world of changing seasons and the silence of temples, of the images woven through literature, of the lunar Japan that still lives on behind the rising sun of geopolitical power.

All this he did. And then he met Sachiko.

Vivacious, attractive, thoroughly educated, speaking English enthusiastically if eccentrically, the wife of a Japanese "salaryman" who seldom left the office before 10 P.M., Sachiko was as conversant with tea ceremony and classical Japanese literature as with rock music, Goethe, and Vivaldi. With the lightness of touch that made Video Night in Kathmandu so captivating, Pico Iyer fashions from their relationship a marvelously ironic yet heartfelt book that is at once a portrait of cross-cultural infatuation — and misunderstanding — and a delightfully fresh way of seeing both the old Japan and the very new.

Review:

"[Iyer] is a sharp-eyed and thoughtful observer, and he is successful in evoking the life of Kyoto's malls, temples, and back streets, moonlit nights on the water, and the vulgarity of the Westernized nightclub and amusement quarter." New Yorker

Review:

"A personal and evocative work filled with much gentle humor, intelligence and insight." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Iyer...has written a lyrical fable about the Japan of both yesterday and today. ... 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..." Susan Fifer Canby, Library Journal

Review:

"Pico Iyers remarkable talent is enough justification for going anywhere in the world he fancies." Washington Post Book World

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679738343
Author:
Iyer, Pico
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Geography
Subject:
Travel and travel guides
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Kyoto
Subject:
Kyoto (Japan)
Subject:
Kyoto (Japan) Description and travel.
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Departures
Series Volume:
0000
Publication Date:
19921031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.90x5.10x.90 in. .55 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679738343 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[Iyer] is a sharp-eyed and thoughtful observer, and he is successful in evoking the life of Kyoto's malls, temples, and back streets, moonlit nights on the water, and the vulgarity of the Westernized nightclub and amusement quarter."
"Review" by , "A personal and evocative work filled with much gentle humor, intelligence and insight."
"Review" by , "Iyer...has written a lyrical fable about the Japan of both yesterday and today. ... 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..."
"Review" by , "Pico Iyers remarkable talent is enough justification for going anywhere in the world he fancies."
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