(PDF FREE) [The Great Wave Gilded Age Misfits Japanese Eccentrics and the Opening of Old Japan] AUTHOR Christopher E.G. Benfey

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  • The Great Wave Gilded Age Misfits Japanese Eccentrics and the Opening of Old Japan
  • Christopher E.G. Benfey
  • English
  • 01 June 2020
  • 9780375503276

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Christopher E.G. Benfey Ù 9 Free download Read & Download Ñ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ù Christopher E.G. Benfey The Great Wave Gilded Age Misfits Japanese Eccentrics and the Opening of Old Japan Summary ë 9 The world’s leading expert on both Japanese marine life and Japanese architecture; the astronomer Percival Lowell who spends ten years in the East and writes seminal works on Japanese culture before turning his restless attention to life on Mars; and President and judo enthusiast Theodore Roosevelt As well we learn of famous Easterners come West including Kakuzo Okakura whose The Book of Tea became a cult favorite and Shuzo Kuki a leading philosopher of his time who studied with Heidegger and tutored SartreFinally as Benfey writes his meditation on cultural identity “seeks to capture a shared mood in both the Gilded Age and the Meiji Era amid superficial promise and prosperity of an overmastering sense of precariousness and impending peril?. The Great Wave is a smart book about cultural longing in the Gilded Age and how the West imported the East it wanted Old Boston longed for Old Japan and created our idea of the wisdom of the East by what it collected and displayed in museums All the while Japan was hurrying toward its new empire as was America Christopher Benefy tells the story concisely and with wit

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Christopher E.G. Benfey Ù 9 Free download Read & Download Ñ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ù Christopher E.G. Benfey The Great Wave Gilded Age Misfits Japanese Eccentrics and the Opening of Old Japan Summary ë 9 Fey tells the story of the tightly knit group of nineteenth century travelers connoisseurs collectors and scientists who dedicated themselves to exploring and preserving Old Japan As Benfey writes “A sense of urgency impelled them for they were convinced Darwinians that they were that their uarry was on the verge of extinction”These travelers include Herman Melville whose Peuod is “shadowed by hostile and mysterious Japan”; the historian Henry Adams and the artist John La Farge who go to Japan on an art collecting trip and find exotic adventures; Lafcadio Hearn who marries a samurai’s daughter and becomes Japan’s preeminent spokesman in the West; Mabel Loomis Todd the first woman to climb Mt Fuji; Edward Sylvester Morse who becomes. So interesting but a meandering trail through many interconnected people It was at times overwhelming with information However I did learn a lot from it And it was fun to read something written by my college professor

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Christopher E.G. Benfey Ù 9 Free download Read & Download Ñ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ù Christopher E.G. Benfey The Great Wave Gilded Age Misfits Japanese Eccentrics and the Opening of Old Japan Summary ë 9 When the United States entered the Gilded Age after the Civil War argues cultural historian Christopher Benfey the nation lost its philosophical moorings and looked eastward to “Old Japan” with its seemingly untouched indigenous culture for balance and perspective Japan meanwhile was trying to reinvent itself as a cosmopolitan modern state ultimately transforming itself in the course of twenty five years from a feudal backwater to an international power This great wave of historical and cultural reciprocity between the two young nations which intensified during the late 1800s brought with it some larger than life personalities as the lure of unknown foreign cultures prompted pilgrimages back and forth across the PacificIn The Great Wave Ben. The Great Wave has many interesting facts and anecdotes unfortunately I think this book is a case of an author doing a ton of research and leaving nothing out By the end you are just dragging along hoping it will wrap up soon The first chapter is by far the best which regrettably sets your expectations high for a great read that ultimately does not deliver I read this book as part of the Mount Auburn Cemetery Cambridge MA Book Club due to the Cemetery residents featured in the book such as William Sturgis Bigelow and Isabella Stewart Gardner Overall the book group agreed that they found the content interesting but the narrative lacking in cohesion and felt the author s voice was a little too proud of himself for his cleverness or heavy handed with his analogies The book subject was interesting but would have benefited from being written by a different author