PDF Liza Dalby Ç East Wind Melts the Ice A Guide to Serenity Through the Ç

Writing in luminous prose Liza Dalby acclaimed author of Geisha and The Tale of Murasaki brings us this elegant and unique year’s journal a brilliant mosaic that is at once a candid memoir a gardener’s diary and an enlightening excursion through cultures east and west Structured according to the seasonal units of an ancient Chinese almanac East Wind Melts the Ice is made up of 72 short chapters that can be read straight through or dipped into at random In the essays Dalby transports us from her Berkeley garden to the streets of Kyoto to Imperial China to the sea cliffs of Northern California and to points beyond Throughout these journeys Dalby weaves her memories of living in Japan and becoming the first and only non Japanese geisha her observations on the recurring phenomena of the natural world and meditations on the cultural aesthetics of Japan China and California She illuminates everyday life as well in stories of keeping a pet butterfly roasting rice cakes with her children watching whales and pampering worms to make compost In the manner of the Japanese personal poetic essay this vibrant work comprises 72 windows on a life lived between cultures and the result is a wonderfully engaging readWriting in luminous prose Liza Dalby acclaimed author of Geisha and The Tale of Murasaki brings us this elegant and unique year’s journal a brilliant mosaic that is at once a candid memoir a gardener’s diary and an enlightening excursion through cultures east and west Structured according to the seasonal units of an ancient Chinese almanac East Wind Melts the Ice is made up of 72 short chapters that can be read straight through or dipped into at random In the essays Dalby transports us from her Berkeley garden to the streets of Kyoto to Imperial China to the sea cliffs of Northern California and to points beyond Throughout these journeys Dalby weaves her memories of living in Japan and becoming the first and only non Japanese geisha her observations on the recurring phenomena of the natural world and meditations on the cultural aesthetics of Japan China and California She illuminates everyday life as well in stories of keeping a pet butterfly roasting rice cakes with her children watching whales and pampering worms to make compost In the manner of the Japanese personal poetic essay this vibrant work comprises 72 windows on a life lived between cultures and the result is a wonderfully engaging readWriting in luminous prose Liza Dalby acclaimed author of Geisha and The Tale of Murasaki brings us this elegant and unique year’s journal a brilliant mosaic that is at once a candid memoir a gardener’s diary and an enlightening excursion through cultures east and west Structured according to the seasonal units of an ancient Chinese almanac East Wind Melts the Ice is made up of 72 short chapters that can be read straight through or dipped into at random In the essays Dalby transports us from her Berkeley garden to the streets of Kyoto to Imperial China to the sea cliffs of Northern California and to points beyond Throughout these journeys Dalby weaves her memories of living in Japan and becoming the first and only non Japanese geisha her observations on the recurring phenomena of the natural world and meditations on the cultural aesthetics of Japan China and California She illuminates everyday life as well in stories of keeping a pet butterfly roasting rice cakes with her children watching whales and pampering worms to make compost In the manner of the Japanese personal poetic essay this vibrant work comprises 72 windows on a life lived between cultures and the result is a wonderfully engaging read