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Reviews

  • Panoramic . . . what Kerr does so well as a writer is delve into the smaller details that other scribes overlook . . . the best books are about the reader, mindful of their wants and needs, while the author remains in the background where he or she can more effectively transmit the story and its meaning. Kerr excels at this, even while telling what is a highly personal story

    Amy Chavez, Books on Asia
  • Compelling, beautiful . . . Alex Kerr finds humor at the heart of wisdom and enlightenment

    J.J. O'Donoghue, Japan Times
  • Playful and accessible . . . superb calligraphy . . . those who loved Kerr's Lost Japan or his most recent Bangkok Found will remember, as they read this latest offering, the reasons they have enjoyed his work: Kerr's deep understanding of culture and his refined aesthetic sensibilities, qualities that allow him to capture the world he writes about in a way that is always compelling

    Leanne Ogasawara, Kyoto Journal
  • An erudite and charming book . . . Alex Kerr delves into the Japanese soul in Finding the Heart Sutra . . . both a primer and a paean to one of the central texts to Buddhism

    Literary Review
  • Kerr's way of questioning and puzzling through is hugely enjoyable in its own right, and pleasingly infectious

    Christopher Harding, Spectator
  • Rich ... Kerr's combination of instinct and erudition serve him well ... there is something fresh and chirpy about the text, even when it deals with the most esoteric or arcane of subjects

    Stephen Mansfield, Japan Times

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