- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: Stone Bridge Press; 1St Edition edition (February 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193333083X
- ISBN-13: 978-1933330839
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance Paperback – February 1, 2010
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I would recommend Cradle to Cradle and the other book about Upcycling from William McDonough for those who like this book.
When I went to buy my sister-in-law a copy I discovered that it is now out of print. Hopefully we will get a second edition, as the book should be read by more people!
I gave it 4 stars because the last few chapters sort of ramble in my opinion, and they stopped being about the person's experience and was more about an over-reaching Hindu theme which I think was the author trying to tie the book into some sort of "A-ha!" moment?? The end of the book fell a little short for me but I did enjoy it on the whole and I liked that it made me challenge some of my own preconceived notions and beliefs. I do recommend this book.
This book is an excellent review, with photos and commentary, resulting from visits with artists, gardeners, and artisans. A good read; a better dialogue with our planet.
The people featured in the book are people who have left the city behind to make a living, a simple living, in the country. If you are looking for tips on how to slow down and make life more meaningful, this is the book for you. If you are looking for a plain old how-to book on simple living, this is not the book for you. The pearls of wisdom hidden in the chapters describing everyone's life hit you in the face. Sometimes, they creep up on you unexpectedly, and you almost miss them.
I talked with Andy for an article in Kansai Scene. And he talked for SWET (Society of Writers, Editors and Translators in Japan) about the writing and publishing of the book. Not only did this book take many years of interviews, but also many years of writing before Andy felt comfortable to release it. It is a slow book that no matter how much you try, you cannot rush it. I have savoured it over the last 6 months. I know you will, too.