By Lian Hearn
Praised for its epic scope and descriptive element, around the Nightingale ground, the 1st e-book of the Tales of the Otori, used to be a world bestseller and important good fortune, named by way of the London instances as "the so much compelling novel to were released this year."
With Grass for His Pillow, we go back to the medieval Japan of Hearn's creation—a land of harsh good looks and misleading appearances.
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Men like Narutomi Hyogo have been ronin seven times. One should understand that it is something like being a self-righting doll. The master is also apt to give such orders as a test. Illnesses and the like become serious because of one's feelings. I was born when my father was seventy-one years old and was hence a rather sickly child. But because I have had the great desire to be of use even in old age, when the chance came I improved my health and haven't been sick since. And I have abstained from sex and have consistently taken moxa cautery.
At such a time, if one thinks about doing things well, confusion will soon arise and he will blunder. In many cases one's downfall may be brought about by an ally who is trying to do something for one's benefit, or one may be killed by his friend's kindness. It is the same as when one requests permission to become a monk. '' A descendant should act in a way that will manifest the good in his ancestor and not the bad. This is filial piety. It is a wretched thing that one's family lineage be thrown into confusion with an adoption based on money alone.
If he will only make his master first in importance, his parents will rejoice and the gods and Buddhas will give their assent. For a warrior there is nothing other than thinking of his master . If one creates this resolution within himself, he will always be mindful of the master's person and will not depart from him even for a moment. Moreover, a woman should consider her husband first, just as he considers his master first. According to a certain person, a number of years ago Matsuguma Kyoan told this story : In the practice of medicine there is a differentiation of treatment according to the Yin and Yang of men and women.
Grass for His Pillow (Tales of the Otori, Book 2) by Lian Hearn