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The Teahouse Fire Paperback – December 4, 2007
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Perhaps I was expecting something more akin to "Memoirs of a Geisha" or "Distant Land of My Father," etc., but I just could not get into this novel. I enjoyed the first hundred or so pages and found myself somewhat interested in the characters, learning about the art (for lack of a better word) of the tea ceremony and the political situation in Japan in the mid-eighteen hundreds. However, that is pretty much where it ended for me. It became too drawn out, slow and rather boring. I felt at times that certain details I needed to know were missing and thus found myself somewhat confused with the way the story was being told and its flow. Perhaps it would have been better if written as a young girl, as opposed to being written as an older woman looking back on her young years? Essentially, it became a chore to pick it up and read, which for someone like me who devours at least a book or two a week, is usually not a problem. Therefore, I gave up and never got past page 162. While its rare for me to put down a book, I just couldn't read it anymore and realize that I don't even care to even know how it ends.
I'm not sure if this review will be helpful to others. As I said, I really came into it wanting and expecting to love it and it just missed the mark with me, however there are many other reviewers on this page who loved it. While I don't personally recommend this book, I think it would be of value to those with a particular interest in Japan, this particular time period, or the tea ceremony.
Avery's lucid and exacting prose will be appreciated by fans of Louise Erdrich or Annie Proulx; her eye for historical detail is comparable to Emma Donoghue's or Sarah Waters'. The grace with which she brings these talents together is uniquely her own.
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Ellis Avery does a great job transporting the reading through Feudal Japan, and the changes Japan encounters as Europeans begin to influence the culture and politics. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mei-Zhen
A very well written novel. I felt immersed in a plausible world in 19th century Kyoto. It's a slow moving book, but I enjoyed the focus on the ritual of the tea ceremonies and the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. Crane
Wanted to love it but found it tedious. Finally skipped to the end. which I rarely do.Published 7 months ago by BD
A slow moving book. I would only recommend this book to someone researching Japan of the period. Although it was obvious that much research was done in order to write this book,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Francoise H. Fussell
I read it previously and wanted to own it. Excellent condition.Published 10 months ago by Pamela Lloyd
Absolutely surprised and delighted at the excellence of this extremely well-told story. It is based on an unusual premise, and offers wonderful character development. Read morePublished 16 months ago by bigboppar
Fascinating story but it was too detailed. It got boring....Published 16 months ago by M. D. Moreira
I picked up this book, thinking it would be similar to Memoirs of a Geisha.
No. No, no no.
This is the story:
The... Read more