The Samurai's Garden
The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Japanese father, Tsukiyama uses the Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s as a somber backdrop for her unusual story about a 20-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen who is sent to his family's summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover... show more
The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Japanese father, Tsukiyama uses the Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s as a somber backdrop for her unusual story about a 20-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen who is sent to his family's summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis. Here he is cared for by Matsu, a reticent housekeeper and a master gardener. Over the course of a remarkable year, Stephen learns Matsu's secret and gains not only physical strength, but also profound spiritual insight. Matsu is a samurai of the soul, a man devoted to doing good and finding beauty in a cruel and arbitrary world, and Stephen is a noble student, learning to appreciate Matsu's generous and nurturing way of life and to love Matsu's soulmate, gentle Sachi, a woman afflicted with leprosy.
Publish date: May 4th 1995
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages no: 211
Edition language: English
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When 20-year-old artist Stephen is sent from Hong Kong to his father's family home in Tarumi, Japan, to recover from tuberculosis, he finds a lot more than he expected. The Japanese have just invaded China, and the radio is telling people that the Chinese are evil ... so in town he is viewed with su...
There’s a lot going on in this novel. A young man is sick with tuberculosis, sent to a remote seaside village to recover (or die, though no one mentions that possibility). He’s a would-be artist, experimenting with expression in painting. The life of the family he left behind turns out to be less se...
I tried to like this one, I really did, and as I felt some connection for the main character what with his being an artist and ill with tuberculosis, I thought it might be readable. Instead, in this short novel, there are cliches, more telling than showing and little to keep the reader motivated. Fe...
NO SPOILERSThis book is beautiful. The primary theme is about beauty. (And then there is a love story too.) I think beauty is very important in the Japanese culture. What really is beauty? The tempo is lulling, quiet, and calming. This too creates a kind of beauty. The concept of beauty is drawn th...
it was pretty good; i liked some aspects of it. it was a little overly dramatic at some points. overall it was a decent story though. i recommend it, but not highly...