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The Book of Tea | [Kazuko Okakura]

The Book of Tea

Here is a minor classic of the Orient. It is perhaps the most entertaining, most charming explanation and interpretation of traditional Japanese culture in terms of the tea ceremony. First published in 1906, it traces the custom from its roots in Taoism to its role as a Zen meditative discipline.
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This book explains the origins and meanings of Japanese tea and instructs listeners on how to prepare tea Japanese style. More importantly it describes tea as an emblem of Taoism, and as a soulful triumph of the Japanese quest for perfect harmony. The act of brewing a pure cup of tea becomes a metaphor for living a more spiritually attuned life. Like the text, narrator Nicholas Tekoski’s respectful tone balances between prose and poetry. Tekoski reads in an American accent. His gently curious outsider stance energizes the studious and meditative language here. Tekoski seems to discover and understand the philosophy outlined here as he moves through the narrative. Listeners can join him and also learn what the book teaches about tea and life.

Publisher's Summary

Here is a minor classic of the Orient. It is perhaps the most entertaining, most charming explanation and interpretation of traditional Japanese culture in terms of the tea ceremony. First published in 1906, it traces the custom from its roots in Taoism to its role as a Zen meditative discipline.

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Randall Taichung, Taiwan 01-01-13
    Randall Taichung, Taiwan 01-01-13
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    If you could sum up The Book of Tea in three words, what would they be?

    It's alright. It's short enough to listen to two - three times and still enjoy it. It's interesting to see how tea is tied into different ideas such as culture classes, tradition, and one's personality.


    What did you like best about this story?

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    Max Manalapan, NJ, United States 03-03-12
    Max Manalapan, NJ, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2002
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    "This book is like soul with no body..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. This book is not about tea, nor Japanese tea ceremony, or anything else physically linked to tea as a drink. But this book may begin to teach you about a mindset required, in order to begin to understand Japanese tea ceremony. Sounds complicated? It's not. Read the book, you'll know what I mean. :-)


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kazuko Okakura and E. F. Bleiler (introduction) ? Why or why not?

    Probably not.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Sort of... but personally I didn't liked the narration very much.


    Could you see The Book of Tea being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not applicable.


    Any additional comments?

    Misleading title.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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