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The Roads to Sata by Alan Booth
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Aug 31, 2007

it was amazing
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Man, it is hard to say just how much I like this book. Alan Booth, seven years into his life in Japan decides to walk the length of the archipelago. In the process he seems to empty himself out completely, opening himself up to the sights and smells (and beer) of rural Japan. There is not a shred of interpretation or theorizing about "What is Japan?" in the whole book, which just leaves you with a long series of vignettes and many, many bottles of beer. The book is funny without jokes, sad without tragedy, and beautiful without being romantic. It is one of the most lovely and most self contained pieces of writing I've ever come across.
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Lisa Very nice review. I was trying to pin-point what exactly made me love this book so much, and I think you nailed it: Funny w/out jokes, sad w/out tragedy, beauty w/out romance. And then yes, there was the beer.


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