In Ghostly Japan

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Cosimo, Inc., Mar 1, 2007 - Philosophy - 252 pages
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Part stories of spirits and part intellectual reflections on the spiritual, In Ghostly Japan is a phantasmagoric wander through a foreign landscape. Here can be found a mountain of skulls, beautiful specters called forth in love, and a gruesome rivalry. Interspersed between these ghostly tales are philosophical contemplations on Buddhism, poetry, and existence, by the author, a Westerner who found his true home in the heart of Japan. Bohemian and writer PATRICK LAFCADIO HEARN (1850-1904) was born in Greece, raised in Ireland, and worked as newspaper reporter in the United States before decamping to Japan. He also wrote The Romance of the Milky Way (1899), and Kwaidon (1904).
 

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User Review  - Nick - Goodreads

Pretty good. Not gonna write an elaborate review. Listened to the whole book on Libravox while doing manual tasks: https://librivox.org/in-ghostly-japan... The best chapters were the ones which were ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gerald Kinro - Goodreads

Much like Kwaidan, but Hearn goes a step further and includes non-fiction items in this work. It gives the reader a sense of how the religion and the paranormal affected each other and how both became an important part of Japanese daily life. Very good read. Read full review

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Page 7 - But know, my son, that all of them ARE YOUR OWN! Each has at some time been the nest of your dreams and delusions and desires. Not even one of them is the skull of any other being. All, — all without exception, — have been yours, in the billions of your former lives.

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Born in Greece to an Irish soldier and a Greek mother, Lafcadio Hearn emigrated to the United States at the age of nineteen. While working as a newspaperman in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hearn married a black woman, which was then illegal, and fled to New Orleans to escape prosecution. Once there, he began to work for the New Orleans Item. During his time in New Orleans, Hearn published several books while continuing his work as a journalist.

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