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Book Review: This Great Stage of Fools – An anthology of uncollected writings

August 7, 2018 3 comments

Written by Alan Booth. Edited by Timothy Harris with an afterword by Karel van Wolferen.

Cover photo of nebuta in Aomori by Brian KowalczykIt is a testament to Alan Booth’s skill as a writer that he is regarded by Japanophiles as one of the pre-eminent commentators on Japan and Japanese culture (though a culture far removed from Japan’s city environs). This even though only two of his books about Japan became mainstream publications, ‘The Roads to Sata: A 2000-Mile Walk Through Japan’ (1985) and, posthumously (Booth passed away in 1993), ‘Looking for the Lost: Journeys Through a Vanishing Japan’ (1995). *

‘This Great Stage of Fools’ is a comprehensive collection of his journalistic articles. Initial impressions were good and as this review progressed it became increasingly apparent that the Read more…