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East Wind Melts the Ice Hardcover – 5 Apr 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus (5 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701181044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701181048
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I have never come across a book so eccentric, elegiac and yet
still compulsive. It calms, quietens, transports and, ultimately, restores
hope that true beauty does not lie in wealth, material acquisition or
celebrity, but in the natural world." -- Daily Telegraph, April 21, 2007

'Deeply pleasing book.'
-- Good Housekeeping

'article by Liza in the travel section, credits book' -- New Statesman

'makes us feel we're seeing Japan from a language we
can follow' -- Pico Iyer, Time Magazine

`striking book... The result is a rich treat with something to
relish on every page'
-- Good Book Guide

From the Publisher

By the author of the bestselling Geisha and Take of Murasaki, a record of nature, passing seasons and a memoir, this beautiful journal of a year is a window into gardening - eastern and western -, Japanese customs and a life lived between two cultures.

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By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Oct. 2007
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It was Liza Dalby's fictional novel about the life of the great Heian writer, Murasaki Shikibu, that got me utterly fixed on Japanese poetry, court diaries and culture. As soon as I saw that she had written another book, I did not hesitate to buy it. For anyone interested in nature, changing seasons and Japanese culture, this is the perfect book.

Dalby has taken the form of an ancient Chinese almanac in order to create her book, examining how the 72 units of the year are broken down and why. The title for my review is the title for the unit October 11 through to October 15th (the time I wrote this review). Dalby first gives a small paragraph explaining why such comments may be made, and then she compares them to Japanese life aswell as her life in America. What this creates is an original memoir, drawing upon inspiration from personal anecdote, inspiration from nature along with references to literature and examples of Japanese haiku.

I loved this memoir - it is certainly a book that I shall keep and treasure, returning to it some time in the future. As a lover of nature and literature, it was just perfect for me.
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