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review 2016-12-04 20:00
A Cup Of Sake Beneath The Cherry Trees
A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Trees (Little Black Classics #11) - Yoshida Kenkō

If I ever wanted to read a complete collection of random thoughts, I would seriously consider a full edition of Yoshida Kenko's work. The short and long of it is clear, it seems like the author sat down and wrote down everything that came to mind, even if it is completely unrelated to the things discussed on the rest of the page.

I can not say that I enjoyed it. It was too random for me, and some part seemed very dated. Of course, considering it was written in the fourteenth century, it has aged considerably well. However, it was not for me.

This not withstanding, there were some lovely passages about books:
'It is a most wonderful comfort to sit alone beneath a lamp, book spread before you, and commune with someone from the past whom you have never met...'

 

Little Black Classic #11

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review 2015-04-10 00:00
A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Trees (Little Black Classics #11)
A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Trees (Little Black Classics #11) - Yoshida Kenkō Yoshida Kenko was a 13th-14th Century Japanese Buddhist Monk and wrote essays in idleness.

This book contains select passages from his Essays in Idleness, which concern so many different themes, ranging from the marvel of nature to passing musings on death. Like a lot of past male writings, there is occasional misogyny, with an odd and contradictory love toward women at the same time. His musings are all at the same time lyrical and beautiful, haunting and jarring and altogether a wonder to read.
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