by Fidel, July 15, 2005 1:23 PM
Ezra Pound said, "Fundamental accuracy of statement is the one sole morality of writing." I think this might be the best novel of cross-cultural misunderstanding written in the English language. On one level, it is pure sensual delight. On another, it's a wonderful mystery. On a third level, it utilizes that accuracy Pound was talking about above with great compassion, comedy, and depth. It is filled with characters who blithely go about their lives with little understanding of why others do as they do. Whether taken on one level or many, this is a novel you'll love and savor over and over again.