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Title : Kokoro: Hints and Echoes of Japanese Inner Life
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ISBN : 0766102211
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Kessinger Publishing, LLC Reprint edition May 31, 1942
Number of Pages : 396 pages
File Size : 981 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Kokoro: Hints and Echoes of Japanese Inner Life Reviews

  • Alice Folkart
    2018-07-23 16:01

    Lafcadio Hearn lived in Japan in the Victorian era when it was opening to the Western world and going through great change and upheaval. He was a keen observer of the society and it's mind, often commenting on the barrier between Japanese and Western world view. Hearn switches between macro and micro view, first giving an overview of a political movement and its results, then examining the upbringing and development of a particular class of people. Hearn educates the reader on the historical grounding of the Japan we know today. Highly recommended. Clear, concise writing. Interesting subject.

  • Kindle Customer
    2018-07-21 16:19

    If you are interested in truly understanding the real Japan of the recent past and even today, then you have to read Hearn.

  • C. wadley
    2018-07-29 20:09

    Very dry.

  • Zack Davisson
    2018-07-17 18:07

    "Kokoro" is a difficult word to translate from Japanese to English. Heart, Spirit, Way of Being...it is all of these things. Rather than attempt a direct translation, Lafcadio Hearn offers a selection of stories focusing on Japanese inner life, so that by the end you will understand kokoro.

  • Crazy Fox
    2018-08-12 17:12

    Not to be confused with Natsume Soseki's novel by the same title, Lafcadio Hearn's "Kokoro" is a magnificent collection of essays, vignettes, memoirs, and meditations on Japan in the 1890's. Very much a product of the mid-Meiji period, these masterfully-written little literary pieces are nonetheless timeless. Each piece is quite different from the rest, and yet almost all of them manage to start from everyday incidents or obvious observations and gradually spiral inwards to some deeply moving and startling insight into Japanese attitudes, values, and worldviews; more than once this seemingly methodless method allows Hearn to share with the reader certain common opinions and normal spiritual orientations held by average Japanese folks--the kinds of things usually taken for granted and so unarticulated, hence least amenable to documentation and scholarship (especially of the time, but even today). And Hearn does all this with an unpretentious erudition and an understated and balanced sympathy for his subject that, along with his literary flair for wonderfully clear and flowing prose, places his writings here in a category far above the rest. With him we can find none of the unintentional strains of condescension and orientalism so typical of folklore and religious anthropology, for while he's looking with the surprised gaze of the outsider with one eye, his other eye is that of the insider feeling very much at home where he is. The resulting view is visionary--but in subdued and shadowy tones.

  • Zack Davisson
    2018-07-24 21:12

    "Kokoro" is a difficult word to translate from Japanese to English. Heart, Spirit, Way of Being...it is all of these things. Rather than attempt a direct translation, Lafcadio Hearn offers a selection of stories focusing on Japanese inner life, so that by the end you will understand kokoro.

  • David Towns
    2018-08-05 18:11

    I actually found this book quite interesting. It was written in the 1800's and provides an most allegorical explanation of Japanese cultural history. Quite an enjoyable read and does indeed provide information that is useful to understanding this almost mystical,beautiful country.