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  • By Robert Leckridge
    Nov 4, 2015
    I read a lot. I mean a LOT but I can't remember when I so thoroughly enjoyed a book as much as this one. The Big Elsewhere is a collection of short articles, essays and observations, which have been grouped together into themes - from cutting wood, to being out in storms and snow, from becoming a grandfather, to experiencing the festivals of rural Japan and the funny but insightful clashes of culture that occur when a "foreigner" encounters traditional Japan. I love the way Robert Brady writes. I'm a Scot living in France and I've visited Japan a couple of dozen times over the last ten years or so. Kyoto is one of my most favourite places in the world, and I've read and enjoyed many issues of the Kyoto Journal, which is where I read about The Big Elsewhere. The more rural Japan, up in the forest, on the mountainside, overlooking Lake Biwa is completely unknown to me but Bob brings it all vividly to life. I laughed and laughed at "Make my Day" and I was moved to... More > tears by "The Next Gift". The themes of connection to Nature, of growing vegetables, of children and family, and of living in another culture all resonate strongly with me. I find this book just totally engrossing. It's worth a slow read and I suspect many re-reads. Buy it. I can't see how you wouldn't love it.< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
Heian-kyo Media
October 13, 2015
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.16 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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