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Lafcadio Hearn's books have charmed and captivated readers, just as the exotic subjects about which he has written have captivated him. "Gleanings in the Buddha-Fields" presents more Hearn magic as he enters into the spirit of Buddhism as though he were born into it. This collection of stories, subtitled "Studies of Hand and Soul in the Far East," takes the reader on a ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 30th 2004 by Cosimo Classics (first published 1897)
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I found this an interesting and readable set of essays about life and Buddhism in Meiji-era Japan from the perspective of a European-born, American journalist.
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Hearn's cultural study is really fascinating, specifically in the discussion of Buddhism. Sometimes the text gets a bit wearing but there are certain chapters that really made an impression on me!
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Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (in Greek: Πατρίκιος Λευκάδιος Χερν, aka Koizumi Yakumo, in Japanese: 小泉八雲) was born in the island of Lefkas (aka Lefkada), Greece. He was a son of an army doctor Charles Hearn from Ireland and a Greek woman Rosa Cassimati (in Greek: Ρόζα Αντωνίου Κασιμάτη). After making remarkable works in America as a journalist, he went to Japan in 1890 as a journey report writer of a ...more
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