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In later life Basho turned to Zen Buddhism and the travel sketches in this volume reflect his attempts to cast off earthly attachments and reach out to spiritual fulfillment. The sketches are written in the haibun style--a linking of verse and prose. The title piece, in particular, reveals Basho striving to discover a vision of eternity in the transient world around him and is his personal evocation of the mysteries of the universe.
This translation erases the beauty and subtlety of the original. Using words like "fun" to translate Basho's experience of pleasure is beyond bad. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jadwiga
The translation of the prose is fine, but the translator chose to render the haiku in English in four-line stanzas, which makes the haiku overly wordy and required adding... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carolanna
I expected to really love this, but I only like it. It's a bit hard to get into .. unlike Basho's poems (there are translated poems littered throughout of course). Read morePublished 8 months ago by R.E. Settle
An excellent teaching tool for the Oriental enthusiast. The sacred old life is here.Published 8 months ago by Gordon T. Osing