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Hermitage Among the Clouds: An Historical Novel of Fourteenth Century Vietnam

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Hermitage Among the Clouds is the historical tale of Princess Amazing Jewel, taking place in what is now Vietnam.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by Parallax Press
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Tiz. T.
Hermitage Among the Clouds is a true historical novel. What matter is the taste, the feel of the historical period in which it was placed, then the characters, and a distant third the plot.

As a matter of fact, there is no plot, in the traditional sense of the word. It is a recounting of the life of Princes Amazing Jewel from the moment she is promised to king Harijit to when she finds her enligtment as sister Fragrant Garland in a buddhist monastery. The story is based on history, and takes no s
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Lee Queen
May 06, 2016 Lee Queen rated it it was amazing
Read it in Vietnamese, I found it truthly interesting, engaging and a delighting way to approach history, something that has been seen as a merely information-y subject. I was about to burst to tears when absorbing the theory of 'no born, no die' and peaceful mindfulness, I thought a lot about my family, some simply-truthly happiness.
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I read this book 6 years ago and still it stays with me. It's a hard book to recommend, I think you need to really need this book. But it can be utterly transformative for your spiritual practice.
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Inspired by a recent teaching by the Venerable Phuoc Tinh, I picked up this short novel (surprised I hadn't read it!) and I was not disappointed. The words are beautifully written and the story very touching. It has a gentleness discovered through deep practice and meditation. And having visited Yen Tu mountain; I could also envision where parts of the story take place.
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