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The Inland Sea by Donald Richie
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bookshelves: 20th-21st-century, japan, novels-japanese

This is a wonderful, brilliant, eccentric book - not a travel log -- but truly a dérive, a wandering through a portion of reality in search of self -- and the self and searcher, a man of such honest and tender and, indeed, unsentimental sentiments.

The richness of anecdote and observation -- social, psychological, erotic -- like beautiful landscape -- an oriental Claude or Poussin -- to which Richie himself compares the Inland Sea -- surprised me. I had expected something much slighter.
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Jimmy Let me know how this is?


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AC Jimmy wrote: "Let me know how this is?"

I'm on p. 66 and it's wonderful -- it was your review of the Journals that tipped me to Richie, whom I'd never heard of. It's a quick read -- like a long magazine article, with double columns.


message 3: by Jimmy (last edited Sep 24, 2010 10:26AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Jimmy Yes, Richie is very endearing, isn't he? He's published quite a bit too. I have two of his film books, which I'd like to read before starting in on some of his travel/cultural stuff. As I've mentioned before, his books on both Ozu and Kurosawa are fantastic. I actually have a difficult time reading Jonathan Rosenbaum's film criticism because he once arrogantly (and jealously) referred to Richie's thoughts on Ozu as "redundant". And I used to love Rosenbaum's writing. Anyway, good to hear that you enjoyed this.


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AC Jimmy wrote: "Yes, Richie is very endearing, isn't he? He's published quite a bit too. I have two of his film books, which I'd like to read before starting in on some of his travel/cultural stuff. As I've men..."

No... don't wait... Read Inland Sea - it will take you a day -- you will fall head over heels for it...


Jimmy Apparently, there is a documentary film for The Inland Sea, although I heard that it wasn't very good. I'll definitely read this soon.


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AC This book really has stayed with me -- it's beauty and originality


Jimmy AC wrote: "This book really has stayed with me -- it's beauty and originality"

I felt the same way after reading his journals. I bought a copy of this today.


message 8: by AC (last edited Jan 28, 2011 08:24PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

AC Jimmy wrote: "AC wrote: "This book really has stayed with me -- it's beauty and originality"

I felt the same way after reading his journals. I bought a copy of this today."


I almost bought the Journals today, actually -- and didn't ... I definitely will now, though... (tho don't know when I'll read it -- as I still have 3 unfinished Japan books open before me...)


Jimmy Wow, just ... wow.


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AC Richie passed away the other day http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion...


Jimmy Yeah, I posted the Criterion Collection obituary on my Japan Journals review. Not many people seem alarmed or distraught by his passing. 残念ですね。


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AC Jimmy wrote: "Yeah, I posted the Criterion Collection obituary on my Japan Journals review. Not many people seem alarmed or distraught by his passing. 残念ですね。"

Thanks; I had missed it.

No one reads an old man. But he'll be rediscovered. And thank you for leading me to these books.


Andrew Schirmer The Donalds (Keene & Richie) have always been fantastic guides to Japanese art, society, & culture. I had somehow missed this one. Thanks!


message 15: by Jim (new) - rated it 4 stars

Jim Coughenour As the fog's been roving across San Francisco tonight, I've been captivated by this book. Wonderful book so far…


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AC Jim wrote: "As the fog's been roving across San Francisco tonight, I've been captivated by this book. Wonderful book so far…"

Yes it is. Richie's journals are also wonderful...especially the second half.


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Jim Coughenour I just got his journals and The Donald Richie Reader. He charmed me, even in his more curmudgeonly aspect.


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