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Ryokan, "The Great Fool," is, perhaps, the scruffiest of the great Zen Master poets. His writings, and in particular, Kazuaki Tanahashi's translation, convey the experiences of a breathing person, irreverent and humorous while holding deep sorrow, loneliness, and wisdom. He portrays a universe playing tricks on us all.
Brian Nishii is a fantastic narrator. He is clear, has a good sense of timing and his enthusiasm for the reading is evident.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
of the great zen master and his writings. Read it along with his wonderful poetry.
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What disappointed you about Sky Above, Great Wind?
A goo dportion of the book was describing Ryokan's calligraphy. Clearly, the points made were lost when you cannot see the text in front of you. A bit like commentating on a kite flying competition over the radio. The voice artist did his best, but it was pretty tedious
What was most disappointing about Kazuaki Tanahashi’s story?
I was expecting lots of Ryokan's poetry. There was some, sure, but much of the book was about his calligraphy or a sketchy biography of his life.
What aspect of Brian Nishii’s performance might you have changed?
He did a good job with limited material
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
It was alright, but I was expecting more. Disappointment, I suppose, as I am such a fan of Ryokan's work.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
After 2 hrs and 19 mins I am amazed at how many leaves remain on the autumn trees.