The Japanese Chronicles Paperback – 1 Oct 2008
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Part history, part notebook, the reports of this Swiss photographer who travelled in Japan for three decades are transporting, beguiling and often amusing. --The Independent, 9 January 2009
Day by day, person by person, Bouvier carefully adds paper-thin layers of understanding to his study of the country and its people ...its his gift for description which ensures that in pivotal stories... as well as more pedestrian moments, through Bouvier's eyes there is constant revelation. --Time Out London, 8 January 2009
About the Author
Nicholas Bouvier was an exquisite traveller and the greatest Swiss travel writer of the 20th century. Without waiting for the result of his degree, in 1953 he left for Yoguslavia with no intention of returning. The fruits of this journey of a year and a half, were published some eight years later, as The Way of the World. Bouvier continued, through India to Ceylon and thence to Japan. From his experience in Japan, where he was to live for more than a year and to revisit in the 1960s and 1970s, cam a distillation of experiences, The Japanese Chronicles, which were published in their final version in 1975.
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Would recommend Isabella Bird's account of her late 19thC travels in Japan if you are seeking something of real historic interest.
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On the other hand, for those who know Japan well, there are some gold nuggets to found here. The book is a collection of notes that the author wrote here and there. So as an historical document, illuminating the country's recent past, it is valuable and interesting. I found, for example, the parts on Tokyo and Kyoto worth while.
Large parts I found to be of limited interest because these chronicles are more about the author than about Japan.
The writing is good, in general, and the translation well above average.