The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto

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Tauris Parke Paperbacks, 2006 - Kyoto (Japan) - 337 pages
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"Monks who cherish Mickey Mouse and collect motorbikes, hardened businessmen who read love poetry and geishas who visit temples. Such was the paradoxical world that Pico Iyer was confronted with when he spent a year in the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto. On a mission to learn the subtleties of Zen and to discover how much his romantic childhood dream of Japan reflects its reality, Iyer throws himself into a culture that is elusive and out of reach. Then he meets Sachiko. Elegant and refined, dreaming of rock stars and America, she embodies all that is contradictory about Japan and yet through their friendship, the country's fusion of ancient and modern, east and west, begins to make sense. Through Sachiko, Iyer begins to put aside his illusions of Japan and understand its reality. The Lady and the Monk is a many layered love story and a portrait of Japan in all its complexity."--BOOK JACKET.
  

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Many interesting insights into Japan... - Goodreads
... and not a very good writer. - Goodreads
beautiful love story. - Goodreads
Beautiful prose portrays some beautiful relationships. - Goodreads
Iyer writes with such insight and perception. - Goodreads
And a sensitive travellogue along with a love story. - Goodreads

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An interesting foray into Japanese culture, largely displayed around a flirtation/friendship between the author (an American on Indian descent) and a young married Japanese mother with traditional ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alexis Allen - Goodreads

I plan to visit Kyoto later this year and picked up this book to glean what I could about its setting, only to find I was far more captivated by the narrator and the people he meets and interacts with ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Pico Iyer was born in Oxford, England to Indian parents, who immigrated to California in 1957. He received a B.A. and M.A. from Oxford University and a second masters degree from Harvard University. From 1982 to 1985, he was a writer for Time magazine. Following a leave of absence to visit Asia, Iyer wrote Video Nights in Katmandu: And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East. In 1986 he returned to Time as a contributor. He also contributes regularly to Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Pico Iyer has written several other travel books including The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto; Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places in the World; and Tropical Classical: Essays from Several Directions.

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