The Temple of the Wild Geese: And Bamboo Dolls of Echizen : Two Novellas

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Dalkey Archive Press, 2008 - Fiction - 203 pages
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The Temple of the Wild Geese, a semi-autobiographical account of Mizukami's childhood, tells the tale of Jinen, a Buddhist monk raised by villagers after his mother, a beggar, abandoned him. Sent to live at a temple at the age of ten, his resentment smolders for years until it explodes in a shocking climax. In Bamboo Dolls of Echizen, no woman is willing to marry the diminutive Kisuke, a bamboo artisan, until Tamae, a prostitute, comes to pay her respects at the grave of Kisuke's father. In Tamae, Kisuke sees shadows of his own mother, who died when he was young, and the two eventually marry. Since Kisuke seeks only motherly affection from Tamae, the two never become lovers. Instead, Tamae devotes herself to caring for Kisuke as a mother would, and he thrives as a renowned maker of bamboo dolls.

  

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These are amazing stories. I'll say they are very Japanese. When looked once, they looked simple. When looked twice, they showed some subtle beauty. When felt through, you could only be enchanted. You ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
19
Section 3
27
Section 4
37
Section 5
45
Section 6
57
Section 7
70
Section 8
78
Section 15
124
Section 16
130
Section 17
137
Section 18
142
Section 19
148
Section 20
153
Section 21
159
Section 22
165

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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About the author (2008)

Tsutomu Mizukami (1919–2004) was born in the Fukui Prefecture of Japan. As a child, he was sent by his parents to work and live in a temple in Kyoto. After leaving the temple, Mizukami studied literature at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, and later became an apprentice to Uno Koji, under whose tutelage he wrote his first book, a bestseller. Apopular and prolific Japanese author of novels, detective stories, biographies, and plays, Mizukami was also awarded several awards and prizes, including the Naoki Prize for The Temple of the Wild Geese.

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