The Samurai's Garden

The Samurai's Garden

Book - 1995
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On the eve of the Second World War, a young Chinese man is sent to his family's summer home in Japan to recover from tuberculosis. He will rest, swim in the salubrious sea and paint in the brilliant shoreside light. It will be quiet and solitary.But he meets four local residents-a beautiful Japanese girl and three older people. What then ensues is a tale that readers will find at once classical yet utterly unique. Young Stephen has his own adventure, but it is the unfolding story of Matsu, Sachi and Kenzo that seizes your attention and will stay with you forever.Gail Tsukiyama has, with lines as clean, simple, telling and dazzling as the best Oriental art, created a small, moving masterpiece.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995, c1994.
ISBN: 9780312144074
Characteristics: 211 p. ;,21 cm.


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Jul 08, 2016

This book came highly recommended, but for me it missed the mark. I did like it, but found the monotone of the narrative jarring. The story covers the horrendous atrocities of the Sino-Japanese War, a suicide, the ostracism of lepers out of the village, the breakup of Stephen's parents, the decades-long hidden love of Matsu and Sachi, and the recovery of Stephen from tuberculosis - a lot to issues that all get a calm gloss thrown over them. It seems that maybe surface and the patina of beauty is everything, and undertones, especially unsavoury ones, must remain covered. There are two gardens that figure in the story. They are not at all comparable in any way except for the salve to the spirit that they provide to those receptive to it. Gentleness, beauty, calm are on every page, and for me became somewhat tedious and unrealistic. I am in the minority on this one so bow to the other reviewers who must be much more perceptive and receptive than I.

Nov 27, 2015

Gentle book, beautifully written, that perfectly captures the Japanese spirit. Stephen, a young Chinese man with TB, goes to his family's beach house in a small Japanese village to recuperate. The Sino-Japanese war is raging, his parents' marriage is falling apart. The family's longtime Japanese retainer and a mysterious woman who lives in the mountains help Stephen weather the storms.Highly recommmended.

Oct 22, 2015

Great quick read.

Jun 30, 2015

Lovely, lyrical. It flows at just the right speed. One of my all-time favourites.

Nov 13, 2014

Poetic, beautiful; my favorite book by this talented writer.

Feb 19, 2013

I love books that entertain while filling one in on history of different places and times. This is one of the best books I have ever read.

Vince385 Nov 17, 2011

Really a fantastic book with rich character development and a great plot.

Jul 13, 2010

This is the best book I have ever read!

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