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The pine islands

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    Coach House Books, 2019
    Note: This book was purchased with support from the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component.


  • Contributor: Calleja, Jen

    "Gilbert Silvester, eminent scholar of beard fashions in film, wakes up one day from a dream that his wife has cheated on him. Certain the dream is a message, and unable to even look at her, he flees - immediately, irrationally, inexplicably - for Japan. In Tokyo he discovers the travel writings of the great Japanese poet Bashō and decides to find solace in nature the way Bashō did, despite knowing nothing of the culture he's stepped into. Suddenly, from Gilbert's directionless crisis there emerges a purpose: a pilgrimage in the footsteps of the poet to see the moon rise over the pine islands of Matsushima. Of course, unlike Bashō, he will take a train. Along the way he falls into step with another pilgrim: Yosa, a young Japanese student clutching a copy of The Complete Manual of Suicide. Together, they travel across Bashō's disappearing Japan, one in search of his perfect ending and the other a new beginning."--

    • Tokyo
    • Takashimadaira
    • Aokigahara
    • Senju
    • Sendai
    • Shiogama
    • Matsushima.
    Original Publisher: Toronto, Coach House Books
    Language(s): English
    ISBN: 9781770566378, 1770566376, 9781770566286, 1770566287