Viola and Ortensia, we have decided to read the Samurai’s Garden our original thought was to read a chapter every two weeks then give our thoughts about it, I just counted there are 62 chapters in this book we will finish in 124 weeks Most likely we might bundle a few chapters to shorten those weeks of completion. To anyone reading if your feeling spontaneous NOWS YOUR CHANCE! Join us in our reading of The Samurais Garden. The reviews have been good, I’m not sure what to expect from it regardless it should be an interesting experience.
The Samurai’s Garden Summary
The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Japanese father, Tsukiyama uses the Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s as a somber backdrop for her unusual story about a 20-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen who is sent to his family’s summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis. Here he is cared for by Matsu, a reticent housekeeper and a master gardener. Over the course of a remarkable year, Stephen learns Matsu’s secret and gains not only physical strength, but also profound spiritual insight. Matsu is a samurai of the soul, a man devoted to doing good and finding beauty in a cruel and arbitrary world, and Stephen is a noble student, learning to appreciate Matsu’s generous and nurturing way of life and to love Matsu’s soulmate, gentle Sachi, a woman afflicted with leprosy.
I saw a video recently on what constitutes a good story, it boiled down to feelings, pictures, ideas. That a good story is an amalgamation of feelings pictures and ideas working together.The groundwork for characters we relate to and an interesting story that presents us with ideas haven’t thought too much amount. It’s only chapter one and already it’s juggling the good story trifecta The pace of the story is great, and I love the imagery evoked by the author through descriptions.