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Paperback 464 Pages / Published: 01/05/2014
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On the side of a mountain, in eighteenth century Japan, sits a man in perfect stillness as the summit erupts, spitting fire and molten rock onto the land around him. The man is Hakuin. He will become the world's most famous teacher of zen. This is not the first time he has seen hell. Hakuin's quest for truth will call on him to defy his father, to face death, to find love and to lose it. He will ask, what is the sound of one hand clapping? And he will master his greatest fear. Night Boat is the story of his astonishing life.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780857868541
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 310 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 28 mm
Edition: Main


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“Superb read”

One of the beauties of agreeing to review books is that once in a while a real gem comes along. This book is one such gem.

The book is about learning from life and taking wisdom from that learning. We see it all... More

Hardback edition
10th August 2013
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“A different read”

An interesting book which was very easy to read.
As this book is based on Zen teaching I expected to be enlightened, but the book poses many questions and few answers.
It is not a book teaching Zen techniques, but the... More

Hardback edition
30th August 2013
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“An inspirational read”

'Night Boat' - by Alan Spence.
What an interesting and inspirational book. The start and the finish are identical - "My childhood name was Iwajiro, and I was eight years old when I first entered at the... More

Hardback edition
4th August 2013
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