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East Wind Melts the Ice by Liza Dalby
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Sep 03, 2009

liked it

i picked this up at borders book sale for five dollars. i was very excited about the japanese and chinese influences and couldn't wait to jump into it. it's... not exactly my cup of tea (milk, please, and lots of it, sugar too.) only because of its heavy plant/insect-dominated content.

while i understand that this is a book about the seasons and will definitely contain nature, i was hoping for more skies, and scenery, and beautiful views, in lyrical language and whimsical writing.

that is not to say that i am disappointed with this book. it was a good read and i took my time to savour it. i liked that the author combined memories of different years (mostly 2003-2004) at the same time (of one week) into every "unit" that make up the 72 "units" in a year, so it felt like reading many different little stories; i liked the frequent haiku and the meaning behind them; i liked reading about her experience as a, and contact with, geisha; i liked the migratory whales and exquisitely-prepared o-bento.

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