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After meeting the well-educated wife of a Japanese "salaryman, " Iyer fashions "a beautifully written book about someone looking for ancient dreams in a strange modern place" (LA Times Book Review)--one that is both a portrait of cross cultural infatuation--and misunderstanding--and a fresh way of seeing the old and the new Japan.
"Pico Iyers remarkable talent is enough justification for going anywhere in the world he fancies." — Washington Post Book World
Posted March 6, 2001
This is a beautiful book with incredibly evocative descriptions of Kyoto and Japanese culture. If you find it dense at first, persist until the story unfolds, opening doors to well-crafted passages on Zen Buddhism, Japanese society and a touching romantic relationship between the author and a Japanese woman.
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Posted March 4, 2013
I read this book several years ago and want to read it again because I am taking a course in Japanese Art History. This is one of my all-time favorite books - I love the author's descriptions of the Japanese people. He has such compassion and understanding. His experiences in Kyoto are so vivid and descriptive that I felt that I was there. I am re-reading this book because I have a strong desire to return to Kyoto and re-experience his times there. I was there years ago but didn't see what he did!! This is one fascinating author!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 29, 2012
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