The Samurai's Garden

The Samurai's Garden

Book - 1995
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Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995.
ISBN: 9780312118136
0312118139
Branch Call Number: FIC TSUKIYAMA, GAIL
Characteristics: 211 p. ; 22 cm.

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dubonnet
Oct 22, 2018

I read this book years ago and will read it again. So beautifully written. I wish this author would write more. I have read her other books..all are very good. She is one of my all time favourites!

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blue_eagle_1415
Sep 17, 2018

this book is amazing! i read it first and then recommended it to my mom and dad and they both loved it as well! Beautifully written.

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sidsul15
Feb 24, 2018

A compelling story that stays with you. I recommend this book to my friends often. It's a unique story that, for me, inspired a new perspective on what it means to love and the choices we make that compromise our love. It's an easy book to read and one worth picking up.

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GLNovak
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.

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pokano
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.

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KathyS82
Oct 22, 2015

Great quick read.

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Travel
Jun 30, 2015

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

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SFMomof2
Nov 13, 2014

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

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DianePhipps
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.

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Sep 17, 2018

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