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The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date November 1, 1992
Pages 337
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679738343
ISBN-10 0679738347
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.65 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
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Summary
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
Amazon.com description: Product Description: When Pico Iyer decided to go to Kyoto and live in a monastery, he did so to learn about Zen Buddhism from the inside, to get to know Kyoto, one of the loveliest old cities in the world, and to find out something about Japanese culture today -- not the world of businessmen and production lines, but the traditional world of changing seasons and the silence of temples, of the images woven through literature, of the lunar Japan that still lives on behind the rising sun of geopolitical power.

All this he did. And then he met Sachiko.

Vivacious, attractive, thoroughly educated, speaking English enthusiastically if eccentrically, the wife of a Japanese "salaryman" who seldom left the office before 10 P.M., Sachiko was as conversant with tea ceremony and classical Japanese literature as with rock music, Goethe, and Vivaldi. With the lightness of touch that made Video Night in Kathmandu so captivating, Pico Iyer fashions from their relationship a marvelously ironic yet heartfelt book that is at once a portrait of cross-cultural infatuation -- and misunderstanding -- and a delightfully fresh way of seeing both the old Japan and the very new.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780679403081
 
from Alfred a Knopf Inc (September 1, 1991)
9780679403081 | details & prices | 6.25 × 8.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $22.00
About: 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
Paperback
Book cover for 9780679738343
 
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Reprint edition from Vintage Books (November 1, 1992)
9780679738343 | details & prices | 337 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $16.00
About: 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
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781441785282
 
With Ralph Cosham (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (April 20, 2011)
9781441785282 | details & prices | 7.25 × 7.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $100.00
About: When Pico Iyer decided to go to Kyoto and live in a monastery, he did so to learn about Zen Buddhism from the inside, to get to know Kyoto, one of the loveliest old cities in the world, and to find out something about Japanese culture today--not the world of businessmen and production lines, but the traditional world of changing seasons and the silence of temples, of the images woven through literature, of the lunar Japan that still lives on behind the rising sun of geopolitical power.

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