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Download The Narrow Road to the Interior and Hojoki Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,137 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matsuo Basho Narrator: Togo Igawa Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN:
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Japanese poetry is well-known for its clarity and concision, and The Narrow Road to the Interior and Hojoki are two of the best-loved, and most intensely Japanese, works of their kind; famous for their beautiful, delicate verse and subtle insight into the human condition. It has been said of The Narrow Road that 'it was as if the very soul of Japan had itself written it'. It takes the form of a travel diary, and traces the poet's journey from Edo (modern-day Tokyo) to the northern interior. Hojoki, a much earlier work written by Chomei, a Buddhist hermit, is essentially a meditation on the transience of the world. Read by the famous classical Japanese actor Togo Igawa, the full beauty of its ancient cadences and rhythms is drawn out. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerman | 2/9/2014

    " A great help in appreciating the true ancient haiku (hokku) form. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 dthaase | 2/7/2014

    " Indeed a classis as how many books that were written hundreds of years ago are still being read today. This was a beneficial read but not the most enjoyable for me. If you are interested in the haibun style I definitely recommend picking it up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 1/16/2014

    " Wonderful haiku and this particular edition presents his travelogue and poetry beautifully. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ulises | 1/14/2014

    " Relectura imprescindible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis Johansson | 1/2/2014

    " I enjoyed it. The prose was a bit dry and flowery for my taste and I'm not equipped to comment on the actual Haiku, although some really transported me. Almost a third of the ones Basho included was by other poets, which I thought was strange. I got really curious about one of these poets towards the end of the book. Sora, Basho's travel companion. He seemed to have been a very dear friend... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martinshijinrock | 12/24/2013

    " Affected me deeply. This book is a must read. It will help you quiet yourself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 11/9/2013

    " I read a page or two at night before falling asleep, which was very soothing. I'll probably start the book over and keep up this bedtime routine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 10/28/2013

    " This is a simple, yet thought-provoking book written in a combination of prose and haiku. Makes you think... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 8/14/2013

    " This is a MUST read if you are a lover of Haiku. Written from the diary and texts of the master Haiku poet Basho, its a revealing look into this search for Haiku in its simplest form. The book sets the poems into historical context. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rabishu | 1/5/2013

    " I now hate haiku poetry very slightly less. Enjoyed it more on a level of it forcing me to think about how perilous travel used to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 marcali | 10/17/2012

    " Nobuyuki Yuasa has a wonderful style providing context and history--- classic translation of Basho travel works in one book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ana Lukovic ひなたーちゃん | 12/1/2011

    " Not as inspiring as I imagined it to be. Still, a good mixture of emotions, happenings and the journey itself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi Henley | 10/15/2011

    " good stuff. Luminous "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leyla Shuri | 9/30/2011

    " All the haiku written by Matsho Basho during his journey to the far, northern country of Japan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilia Maschion | 4/13/2011

    " My favorite translation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 6/15/2010

    " A small taste of a placid and genuine world that I hope to revisit soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy | 3/18/2010

    " a little choppy at first, but ultimately a great travelogue that deepened my understanding of the haiku. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Anderson | 2/2/2010

    " Great for what it is. Makes me want to bone up on Japanese to get the real flavor, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roos | 7/14/2009

    " Mo dibalikin ke yang berhak...Thanks Mas Nanto...Thanks to Om Anto for letting me know better about Haiku and Basho. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Wager | 5/21/2009

    " The perfect book for the flight from Shanghai to Tokyo ... travel writing from the 17th century interspersed with jewel-like haikus "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 12/19/2008

    " Heartbreakingly beautiful and elegant. The edition that was given to me contains only the "Narrow Road," but I'll be tracking down the others directly. This will be one the re-read for years to come "

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