The Teahouse Fire

The Teahouse Fire

Book - 2006
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The story of two women whose lives intersect in late nineteenth century Japan, this novel is also a portrait of Japan as it opens its doors to the West. Told through the enchanting voice of Aurelia, an American orphan adopted by proprietors of a tea ceremony school, this book is "equal parts love story, imaginative history and bildungsroman" (Publishers Weekly).--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2006
ISBN: 9781594489303
Characteristics: 391 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Tea house fire


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Jan 25, 2011

Lots of detail about Japanese life around the time of the opening up of Japan to the West. Also very good descriptions and explanations of the various tea ceremonies practiced.

Dec 10, 2009

I enjoyed the theme of this book, especially with the Japanese words blended into the English text. Unfortunately, I didn't really like the writing style, with elements not being very well-developed and just haphazardly thrown in here and there. The end was especially sudden, and the epilogue was not really believable and was pretty ridiculous really.


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