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A Snake in the Shrine

Friday, 1 November 2013 10:17am

Journeys with Nobby through Middle Japan

David Geraghty

a_snake_in_the_shrineThe book

David Geraghty taught English and travelled in Japan for three years in the late 1990s. This book is a wonderfully entertaining record of some of his experiences. The book is arranged chronologically, with chapters loosely based around an event, time period or theme. The author's journeys out of greater Tokyo become more frequent as the book progresses, and his need to escape life in the city increases. His travels are often limited to weekends away in places near Tokyo, but they offer a window on a quite different Japan. Many of the trips are with his neighbour Nobuyuki (Nobby) and his wife Hiroe. More than once, they take David to Hiroe's rural family home. This book offers cultural insights and intelligent discussion of issues in contemporary Japanese life. Most importantly, it is a sympathetic portrait of the people the author came in contact with as Geraghty allows individual personalities to shine.

The author

DAVID GERAGHTY is a graduate of the University of Otago and a former Commonwealth Scholar. He spent four years living in Asia and has travelled widely there. He lives with his family in Auckland.

Publication details

Paperback, 224 pages, 230 x 155 mm, ISBN 978 1 877276 13 2, $29.95
2001
Out of print