The Bells of Old Tokyo: Meditations on Time and a City

The Bells of Old Tokyo: Meditations on Time and a City

An elegant and absorbing tour of Tokyo and its residents From 1632 until 1854, Japan?s rulers restricted contact with foreign countries, a near isolation that fostered a remarkable and unique culture that endures to this day. In hypnotic prose and sensual detail, Anna Sherman describes searching for the great bells by which the inhabitants of Edo, later called Tokyo, kept t An elegant and absorbing tour of Tokyo and its residents From 1632 until 1854, Japan?s rulers restricted conta...

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Title:The Bells of Old Tokyo: Meditations on Time and a City
Author:Anna Sherman
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1250206405
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

The Bells of Old Tokyo: Meditations on Time and a City Reviews

  • Laura
    Jul 05, 2019
    What a thoughtful and engaging book - will appeal mostly to people with either an interest in Japan/ Tokyo or those who have lived as expats anywhere. I loved hearing about Anna's experience as an expat and how she developed deep connections during her time in Japan. I haven't been to ...
  • Laurie
    Aug 06, 2019
    Review by Matthew: https://iexaminer.org/a-poetic-and-pe... ...
  • Elif
    May 17, 2019
    "It?s because we last only for a blink that our lives matter so much." English: https://elifthereader.com/books/the-b... Türkçe: https://kitaplikkedisi.com/kitaplar/t... ...
  • Hannah
    May 26, 2019
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  • Rebecca
    May 28, 2019
    Having just read "Japan Story: In Search of a Nation from 1850" by Dr Christopher Harding, this is an apt continuation for any Japonophile. Despite the romantic-melancholic flair of writing, I don't recommend this book for those who are seeking the typical images of Japan. It revea...
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    Aug 13, 2019
    A lyrical look at Ol Tokyo the author takes us back in time to the bellringers of Tokyo and to the present a unique lyrical tour of this cuty I hope to visit someday. ...
  • Taina
    Jul 11, 2019
    Tämä oli todella Tokioinen - palasista koostuva sekava kokonaisuus, jonka lukeminen oli ihanaa. Tokiossa on aikoinaan ollut kelloja, joita on soitettu ajan merkiksi ympäri kaupunkia. Kirjailija lähtee jäljittämään kelloja ja tulee samalla kertoneeksi paljon aikakäsityksistä, ...
  • Katja
    Jun 27, 2019
    Ufff, reading this was like wading through tar. I almost dropped it but then I noticed there's almost hundred pages of notes and source material listing, so I thought to skim through a few dozen pages I had left. I wanted to like this, little images of Japanese history sounded interes...
  • Jill S
    Jul 16, 2019
    I really wanted to love this book. I ordered it from the UK before it was even published in Canada because I couldn't wait to read it. But I think it might be my biggest let down of the year. This book is (supposedly) an examination of the cultural changes of Japan framed through th...
  • Dan (aka Utterbiblio)
    Apr 24, 2019
    A very abrupt ending held this back from 5 stars. It's a beautiful meditation on the concept of time and the differences between Eastern and Western attitudes. The travels of Anna through Tokyo make for interesting and eye-opening reading. It's less about the bells than the actual idea...
  • Bethwyn (Butterfly Elephant Books)
    Jun 04, 2019
    DNF @ 25% Just not meshing with the writing style, and there are a few biases coming through that just made me uncomfortable. Not interested in reading more of this one. ...
  • Giantjoy
    Jul 23, 2019
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  • Randi Kennedy
    Aug 15, 2019
    Strange and lovely, with poetry and grace, Sherman endeavors to capture time and a restless city. Great for lovers of philosophy, history, and Japan. ...
  • Esmée
    Jun 13, 2019
    A lovely book about Tokyo and its history. It really made me want to revisit the city and learn more about its past. Sherman does a great job getting you intrigued, but the book felt a little aimless to me as well. It's now a mix between a historical, modern day and memoirish narrative...
  • Elena
    Aug 04, 2019
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  • Danni Jervis
    Mar 06, 2019
    A wonderful exploration of Tokyo in an unusual manner. The historical context merged with the modern day culture really showcased how it is an ever changing city. The sense of realism that comes from Sherman being treated very much as a Gaijin while she explores is very honest. I'd...
  • Jack Wrighton
    May 23, 2019
    This had an almost hypnotic effect on me. The subject is fascinating, and Sherman does an amazing job of tracking her physical (and cerebral) journey through the city. The language is sharp too, there?s not a wasted word in the entire book. Whether you know the city or not I?d high...
  • Margot
    Aug 06, 2019
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  • Thebooktrail
    May 19, 2019
    Visit the locations in the novel A very interesting concept for a book and a guide book to Tokyo. It?s not a novel , guide book or any one of these things, but a mix of many and that?s what so appealing. We travel and discover the land and its people with Anna, who as an o...
  • Thijs Joores
    Mar 07, 2019
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  • Amber Sherlock
    Jul 19, 2019
    A fascinating, melodic and winding tale of time and the differences between East and West. soft and mesmerising, Sherman weaves philosophy and anthropology into a fine weave of a book. ...
  • Amanda Lange
    May 10, 2019
    ?The Bells of Old Tokyo? is mesmerizing. Anna Sherman writes in a melodic way that mirrors what she finds in Japan, a blend of philosophy, beauty, dark and light. This is a travelogue that reads more like a philosophical novel and the author moves between the role of archaeologist ...
  • Paul "Axl" Hurman
    May 25, 2019
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  • Lara (Bookishsolace)
    Jul 27, 2019
    Thank you to picador for sending me a copy of the book! The bells of old Tokyo is a beautifully written guide to a city that that once was and partly still exists to this day. Anna Sherman travels through Tokyo in search of the temple bells of the ancient city of Edo and takes the re...
  • Piotr Dawid
    Aug 20, 2019
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  • Alan Shaw
    Jul 25, 2019
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  • Sarah
    Jul 03, 2019
    Relatively good book. I learned interesting historical facts about Tokyo and Japan. I liked the idea of traveling in time through bells and clocks. I was a bit disappointed in the structure. There?s no flow to the story, too bad because the fragments of stories she was saying were re...
  • Maxine Anders
    Apr 28, 2019
    ?The Bells of Old Tokyo? is mesmerizing. Anna Sherman writes in a melodic way that mirrors what she finds in Japan, a blend of philosophy, beauty, dark and light. This is a travelogue that reads more like a philosophical novel and the author moves between the role of archaeologist ...
  • Lienkie
    Jul 19, 2019
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  • NidhaRajoli
    Jul 25, 2019
    I really have been wanting to go to Tokyo forever! Hopefully this book can give me some insight about the wonderful city! Can?t wait for this! Rising up on the endless TBR. ...