The Donald Richie Reader by Donald Richie
50 Years of Writing on Japan

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No one has written more, or more artfully, about Japan and Japanese culture than Donald Richie. Richie moved to Tokyo just after World War II. And he is still there, still writing. This book is the first compilation of the best of Richie's writings on Japan, with excerpts from his critical work on film (Richie helped introduce Japanese film to the West in the late 1950's) and his unpublished private journal, plus fiction, Zen musings, and masterful essays on culture, travel, people, and style.
 

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Donald Richie is the Arts Critic for "The Japan Times". Arturo Silva is a doctor and the chair of the psychology department at Mexico's National Autonomous University. He is also the author of a book on criminology and antisocial behavior in his native Spanish.
 
Published June 1, 2001 by Stone Bridge Press. 288 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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For example, after being solicited by a couple of schoolgirls, Ritchie wonders how anyone could think prostitution is wrong, except ""if the person does not want to sell, well maybe."" But the journals live up to his reputation as a charming wit, and if the erratic narrative sometimes seems surre...

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Because this collection is carefully panoramic and because 50 years is a hefty chunk of time both for a man and for a country healing itself, this volume is part anthology, part autobiography and part longitudinal social criticism—a happy convergence for a book less than 300 pages long.

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