- Paperback: 213 pages
- Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr (June 1, 1967)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231083084
- ISBN-13: 978-0231083089
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,274,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko
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A most delightful book, and one that has served as a model of Japanese style and taste since the seventeenth century. These cameo-like vignettes reflect the importance of the little, fleeting futile things, and each essay is Kenkō himself. (Asian Student)
If you enjoy things briefly told, if you want to try the prose equivalent of waka and haiku, if you already know Montaigne and would like to meet a spiritual kinsman, then you might want to take an evening and read Essays in Idleness.... [A] superb translation. (Washington Post)
A sensitive, personal reading. (Journal of Asian Studies)
The Tsurezuregusa is a key instrument in attempting to teach the classical Japanese tradition to the modern Western student.... This is indeed a welcome volume. (Monumenta Nipponica) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Japanese --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Translated by Donald Keene
Tuttle Press, 1981
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