Last month, I was at my local library and picked up this unique book from the new book shelf. It is another one of these books that I will read and re-read for a long time. Wow!!! I have had quite a start to this year’s Canadian Book Review Challenge!
This book is lyrical, rooted and intimate. The story shows us a Japan we have seldom seen before where the transparent and the mysterious are held in a delicate balance.
Returning to his long time home in Japan after a sudden death, Pico Lyer picks up the steadying patters of his everyday rites such as going to the post office, watching the maples begin to blaze, engaging in furious games of Ping-Pong every evening, and much more.
As he does so, he starts to unfold a meditation on changelessness that anyone can relate to. Parents age, children scatter, and he and his wife turn to whatever can sustain them as everything falls away around them. It is probably something that empty nesters feel at the beginning when their kids move away from home for the first time.
After is first year in Japan, almost thirty years ago, Iyer gave s a springtime romance for the ages, The Lady and the Monk. Now have a life later, he shows us a more seasoned place and observer looking for what lasts in a life that feels even more fragile.
This is a story that I truly loved. And I fell for the title immediately. I’m glad that I allow the privilege of succumbing to the temptation of reading a book whole title really resonates with the depth of my being.