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Stranger in the Shogun's City Reviews

Stranger in the Shogun's City by Amy Stanley

Stranger in the Shogun's City

A Woman's Life in Nineteenth-Century Japan

Amy Stanley

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Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 16 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9781784742300
  • The GuardianBook of the Day
4 stars out of 5
Kathryn Hughes
15 Aug 2020

" a vivid examination of the life of an ordinary if much-married woman"

The great achievement of this revelatory book is to demolish any assumption on the part of English language readers that pre-modern Japan was all blossom, tea ceremonies and mysterious half-smiles. Instead, by working through the rich archive of letters and diaries left by Tsuneno and her family, Stanley reveals a culture that is remarkably reminiscent of Victorian England, which is to say deeply expressive once you’ve cracked the codes.

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