The Lady and the Monk

The Lady and the Monk

Four Seasons in Kyoto

Book - 1991
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Baker & Taylor
An account of the author's stay in a monastery in Kyoto, Japan, in order to learn about Zen Buddhism, introduces readers to Sachiko--a well-educated English-speaking, Japanese housewife locked in a traditional marriage but drawn to the author and to Western culture

Publisher: A. Knopf, 1991
ISBN: 9780679403081
Branch Call Number: 952.186 Iye


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achristinej May 11, 2011

Pico Iyer has painted a picture so romantic and moving I fought daily not to book the next flight to Kyoto. What wonderful control of the language! He moves us in and out of streams of consciousness, in and out of mysterious streets, new relationships and magical swaths of forests and land.

His social commentary on the roles of Japanese women, religious monks expectations and life in Japan is interesting, and readers will find parallels with social norms in the United States, though Pico tends to contrast them routinely.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Japan, travel writing, religious exploration, romance, and self-discovery.

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