The Teahouse Fire
The Japanese tea ceremony, steeped in ritual, is at the heart of this story of an American girl, adopted by Kyoto's most important tea master and raised as attendant and surrogate younger sister to his privileged d...more
The character, a French/American girl named Aurelie, wants the readers to believe that she's had a miserable childhood. Born in 1857, she's never known her father, and her mother was taken in by her priest brother (Aurelie's uncle), and placed in a New York school run by nuns, as a servant. The mother despises the nuns and laughs at her bro ...more
Many years ago, I went to an exhibit of Yokohama wood-block prints from that era. Foreigners were dra ...more
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The difficult part for some may be keeping track of all of the Japanese names and their own stories ...more
And that’s how I learned that after three checkouts, the library requires you to return a book to let other people have a chance. I thought of defying this rule and refusing to return it, but in the end, I am a good library citizen. So I returned the book unfinished.
“Let me ...more
However, the story is not drawing me in and I am find it boring over all. Which is a shame, because I thought it had a lot of potential to be a great read.
There seems to be more fact than story, and that would ordinarily be fine, except for the fact that I picked it up to read fiction and fall in love with ...more
Memoirs of a Geisha and Tales of Murasaki, of course, are the pearls of this genre, but The Teahouse Fire offers a wonderful look at lives centered around the tea ceremony. The life is seen from a variety of ...more
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When I glossed over the blurb I loved the idea of going back into historic Japan and the culture behind tea making and that in itself had my interest BUT this book lacks editing (or STRICT editing for better words)! I never realised there was going to be a lesbian plot line through out the book (which shows you how muc ...more
That said - I loved this book. I loved the authors treatment of the subtleties and nuances of so many aspects of Japanese culture... and then the depth of research and understanding shown in the treatment of how the cultural changes of the time period (1860's - 1920's or so)impacted Japan, both at broad cultural and ...more
It takes a look at the influences of the Western world on the traditional ways of life of the Japanese. The story is told through the eyes of a young American/French girl who moves to Japan when she is very young, and then tragically is an orphan with no friends or family to look after her, and she ends up a the assistant to a mistress whom she considers more of a sister than an employ ...more
The book is a study of the tea ceremony so important in the culture and a study in the mores of life in that society. The many many tiers of socie ...more
While this book was a historically intriguing read, I found the main character to be pretty unlikeable and lacking in substance. It seems the ONLY way you figure out what kind of a person she is is through the eyes of those around her, which vary greatly. The main reason I gave this 3/5 stars is because reading the summary, I thought it would be a sweet book about a SISTERLY relationship, not a lesbian relationship (of which there are a few). It made for pretty akward discussion with my m ...more
I could not get into the writer's style - I found it very choppy and difficult to follow. I also did care about the character.