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The teahouse fire

by Avery, Ellis.

Format: Book on CD 2006
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Audiobook SVAU Fic Ave
Location  Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
 
Collection  Audiobook
 
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Crafton Public Library Adult - Fiction Recorded Book RB F AVERY 2006 CRAFTON 2/07
Location  Crafton Public Library
 
Collection  Adult - Fiction Recorded Book
 
Call Number  RB F AVERY 2006 CRAFTON 2/07
 
 
Penn Hills Library Audio Visual CD AVE
Location  Penn Hills Library
 
Collection  Audio Visual
 
Call Number  CD AVE
 
 
Shaler North Hills Library Audiovisual CD AVERY [B-O-CD]
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
 
Collection  Audiovisual
 
Call Number  CD AVERY [B-O-CD]
 
 
Summary
The fates of two women-one American, one Japanese-become entwined in this sweeping novel of nineteenth century Japan on the cusp of radical change and westernization. The Japanese tea ceremony, steeped in ritual, is at the heart of this story of an American girl, adopted by Kyoto's most important tea master and raised as attendant and surrogate younger sister to his privileged daughter Yukako. Pasts shrouded in secrets and mysterious traditions rocked by modernization make The Teahouse Fire a compelling and provocative story, lush in details and epic in scope.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Avery, a longtime student of the Japanese tea ceremony, has set her first novel in late-nineteenth-century Japan, when that tradition-steeped nation gradually exposed itself to the modern West. She weaves a memorable saga of two women: Yukako, the daughter of a respected tea advisor to feudal lords, and Aurelia, a French orphan who traveled to Kyoto at age nine with her uncle, and was adopted by the tea master's family after he died. Avery adroitly conveys the intricacies of the tea ceremony, the language of diplomacy, and the subtle ways in which it was transformed as Japan moved from a Shogun society to one ruled by the emperor. At the same time, she illuminates other social changes, such as the arrival of the steam engine, women no longer blackening their teeth, and the lifting of the ban on Christianity. Aurelia remains Yukako's stalwart friend through doomed romances and a disappointing marriage, telling her, when Yukako resumes her father's tea ceremonies after his death, You took an art that could have died, and you made it live. --Deborah Donovan Copyright 2006 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Those expecting another great audio, like Elaine Erika Davis's rendition of Memoirs of a Geisha, are sure to be disappointed, but the plodding pace of this new work of history cloaked under a fictional kimono is not the fault of Barbara Caruso but of its author. The minute details of the tea ceremony as it was transformed by historical events are not interspersed with enough plot for Caruso to keep the story moving. Unfortunately, Aurelia's obsession with Yukako, who saved her from the sad fate of European orphans in a strange land, is the subplot of Yukako's drive to save the tea ceremony from obscurity. Caruso gives Aurelia's voice all the wide-eyed wonder of Gulliver among the Lilliputians, but since Aurelia recounts her life in her old age, this tone is a bit forced. Yukako and other women are nicely individualized, but men tend to grunt out their words. Listeners fascinated by Japanese history will be rewarded by a compelling look at an elegant tradition that is sadly too slow and ritualized for Americans who measure life in nanoseconds. Simultaneous release with the Riverhead hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 30). (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Americans -- Japan -- Kyoto -- Fiction.
Japanese tea ceremony -- Fiction.
Kyoto (Japan) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Publisher [Minneapolis?] :HighBridge,2006
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Caruso, Barbara.
HighBridge Audio (Firm)
Participants/Performers Read by Barbara Caruso.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 14 audio discs (17 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 1598870785
9781598870787
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