The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto

The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto

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by Pico Iyer
     
 

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In this heartwarming journey, travel writer Pico Iyer goes to live in a monastery in Kyoto to pursue his infatuation with old Japan and to learn about Zen Buddhism from the inside, spend time in one of the loveliest old cities in the world, and soak up the traditional culture. Then he meets Sachiko, the neglected wife of a Japanese "salaryman" who seldom leaves the

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In this heartwarming journey, travel writer Pico Iyer goes to live in a monastery in Kyoto to pursue his infatuation with old Japan and to learn about Zen Buddhism from the inside, spend time in one of the loveliest old cities in the world, and soak up the traditional culture. Then he meets Sachiko, the neglected wife of a Japanese "salaryman" who seldom leaves the office before 10 p. m. Vivacious, attractive, and thoroughly educated, Sachiko is as conversant with tea ceremony and classical Japanese literature as with rock music, Goethe, and Vivaldi. Together, they discover an old and a new Japan, through a veil of mystery, romance, and misunderstanding.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Iyer's travelogue about visiting Japan and living in a monastery is subverted by his encounter with a vivacious woman. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Iyer, author of Video Night in Kathmandu ( LJ 4/1/88), has written a lyrical fable about the Japan of both yesterday and today. He is drawn to Japan, he explains, because ``everyone falls in love with what he cannot begin to understand.'' He begins by traveling to a Kyoto monastery to study Zen Buddhism, which is part of his effort to ``get to the urgent truth.'' This leads him to a friendship with a bourgeois housewife named Sachiko, who is fascinated by the West. Iyer sets out to understand Sachiko and, by extension, Japanese culture. 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 for most travel collections.-- Susan Fifer Canby, National Geographic Soc. Lib., Washington, D.C.
From the Publisher
"[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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441785299
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.10(d)

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