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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2006

    ouch,

    There are some people who just like all things Eastern as if it was a fad and they will enjoy this book. But I found that a pompous and resentful arrogance pervades this book. The outspokenness and cynicism takes refuge in the cryptic symbolic meanings in the Tea process that goutsiders don ft understand. h Rather than simply explaining the wonderful intricacies of wabi-sabi and tea the book seems almost angry and a little threatened by the un-indoctrinated. It is staunchly anti-western myopically focusing on the most extreme examples of consumerism and decoration. It makes Teaism appear cult like and a smug past time for the OCD than a microcosm of life ca living allegory of historic and philosophic principles for aesthetics and Taoist/Zen concepts. Artistic taste after all is subjective yet I observed a lot of value judgments here as to what is wonderful and what is a tragedy in art. However the book is written with a colorful poetic tone and has revealing insights into art forms and their effects of people such as Majestic art to make you feel small, vs. simple art to make one feel simple, clam, and just being. There is an interesting brief history of tea and its importance in countries around the world. There was a tantrum about cutting flowers that perhaps I failed to grasp but came across more over like a childish personal sympathy than anything meaningful. I learned from this book regardless of how much of it I disregarded. So I recommend it with a grain of salt. It missed the real meaning of the Tea process, for a book calling itself THE book of Tea.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    Awesome book, much more in this than just a book about tea. It r

    Awesome book, much more in this than just a book about tea. It reveals a great deal about ancient Japanese culture and customs.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    I'm glad it was just a sample.

    Boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Five Stars!

    Five Stars!

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