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A tour de force
on 1 April 2016
A totally gripping book with real depth that sent me off investigating lots of ideas - brilliant.
The story starts with an author called Ruth who lives on a Canadian island and who finds a diary by a troubled Japanese teenager washed up on the beach. The stories of the author and the teenager unfold together through the book, mixing East and West just as the philosophies of Heidegger and Zen Buddhism are drawn together.
Along the way we explore the sacred and profane sides of Japanese culture, rarely told stories of Japanese military history, quantum mechanics, death, free will, connectedness, the tension between the modern and traditional worlds and more.
I can't remember the last time a book sent me off learning about new things in the way this has, and yet it also has a page-turner of a plot and always invites you along the journey - it's never impenetrable. It feels like a book to revisit through your life that will grow and unfold with you.