Esther Marie's Reviews > Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto

Cutting Back by Leslie Buck
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Better than I thought it would be, but still not great. As this book is from a publisher that mostly produces books on gardening, I feel it's reasonable for me to say that I wish the book was more about plants, pruning, and the gardens where Buck worked. As a travel/coming-of-age narrative the book was fine, but not really anything exceptional. Buck can be commended for attempting to learn about Japanese culture before beginning her apprenticeship, yet she does come across as a privileged American in many ways.

I don't know how many other books exist on the topic of westerners working in Japanese apprenticeships, so if you're interested in that topic this book would be worth reading, or at least skimming.

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Reading Progress

May 27, 2017 – Started Reading
May 27, 2017 – Shelved
May 27, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017
May 27, 2017 – Finished Reading

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