Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto by Pico Iyer

Such a beautiful book. Though more than 25 years old, there is something timeless about The Lady and The Monk.

Even though Pico Iyer set out for Kyoto to live in a monastery and learn about Zen, he ends up revealing the very nature of daily life in Japan (and maybe just in life) through his friendship with a Japanese housewife. She's in 30s exploring new possibilities for her life

Along the way in telling the story of that friendship Iyer offers a revealing glimpse into the dual natures of Japan - modern and ancient, strong and sensitive, inward and outward focussed.

Even though this is from 1992, the story is timeless.

No comments:

Post a Comment