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by Joyce Lebra


By good chance, I happened on Joyce Lebra's "The Scent of Sake". But Lebra is beyond the mere entertainment of Romance in her telling: she manages the story with such skill that it is touching but always realistic, exotically descriptive without the ennui of detail

By good chance, I happened on Joyce Lebra's "The Scent of Sake". She has given us the gift of insight into the soul of a family and its culture. But Lebra is beyond the mere entertainment of Romance in her telling: she manages the story with such skill that it is touching but always realistic, exotically descriptive without the ennui of detail. Most of all, Scent of Sake is fun to read-a cross-cultural treat for the mind and heart. 6 people found this helpful.

By good chance, I happened on Joyce Lebra's "The Scent of Sake" I thought the book would be informative, but I wasn't prepared for it to be engrossing.

By good chance, I happened on Joyce Lebra's "The Scent of Sake". I thought the book would be informative, but I wasn't prepared for it to be engrossing. The story of a sake family through many years taught me a lot about an industry and time that I knew little about. What I loved the most was watching how a strong woman in a very patriarchal sake society was able to succeed wildly (even if her descendants aren't proud of her amazing legacy).

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She was taught to submit, to obey. but she dreamed of an empire. The sole heir to the House of Omura, a venerable family of Kobe sake brewers, nineteen-year-old Rie hears but cannot heed her mother's advice: that in nineteenth-century Japan, a woman must kill the self or her life will be too difficult to bear. In this strict, male-dominated society, women may not even enter the brewery-and repressive tradition demands that Rie turn over her family's business to the inept philanderer she's been forced to marry. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

She sat up abruptly as she realized it was two days since she had sent O-Natsu on her secret errand. ed Saburo’s note in reply. Her hands trembled as she read his words. Saburo agreed to the rendezvous. She had never felt so elated. She dressed quickly and sat at her mirror combing her hair

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About Joyce Lebra: Joyce C. Joyce Lebra’s Followers (9). Joyce’s Bookshelves. Professor Joyce Lebra has written an historical novel that combines both a sensibility of Japanese traditional memoirs and American manners. Ms. Lebra is one of those cross-cultural scholars who is equally comfortable in America and Japan. Having received her education at the University of Minnesota and Harvard/Radcliffe, she was the first American woman P. in the discipline of Japanese History.

Joyce Lebra (born December 21, 1925), also known as Joyce Chapman Lebra, is an American historian of Japan and India. Scent of Sake (2009). Lebra spent her childhood in Honolulu and received her . in Asian Studies from the University of Minnesota. in Japanese History from Harvard/Radcliffe, and was the first woman P. in Japanese History in the . She has written several other books including works on the Indian National Army and Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi, and has written chapters in three books and some fifty articles in scholarly journals.

Joyce Lebra, also known as Joyce Chapman Lebra, is an. She was taught to submit, to obey.

Joyce Lebra, also known as Joyce Chapman Lebra, is an American historian of Japan and India. She has written several other books including works on the Indian National Army and the Rani of Jhansi, and has written chapters in three books and some fifty articles in scholarly journals. Other fellowships include a Japan Foundation fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, one from the American Association of University Women, one from Australian National University, and others.

She was taught to submit, to obey . . . but she dreamed of an empire.

The sole heir to the House of Omura, a venerable family of Kobe sake brewers, nineteen-year-old Rie hears but cannot heed her mother's advice: that in nineteenth-century Japan, a woman must "kill the self" or her life will be too difficult to bear. In this strict, male-dominated society, women may not even enter the brewery—and repressive tradition demands that Rie turn over her family's business to the inept philanderer she's been forced to marry. She is even expected to raise her husband's children by another woman—a geisha—so that they can eventually run the Omura enterprise.

But Rie's pride will not allow her to relinquish what is rightfully hers. With courage, cunning, brilliance, and skill, she is ready to confront every threat that arises before her—from prejudice to treachery to shipwrecks to the insidious schemes of relentless rivals—in her bold determination to forge a magnificent dynasty...and to, impossibly, succeed.

An epic and breathtaking saga that spans generations as it sweeps through the heart of a century, Joyce Lebra's The Scent of Sake is a vivid and powerful entry into another world...and an unforgettable portrait of a woman who would not let that world defeat her.

Leniga
By good chance, I happened on Joyce Lebra's "The Scent of Sake". She has given us the gift of insight into the soul of a family and its culture. The setting in 19th Century Japan is beautifully evoked as we follow the life and growing awareness of the story's heroine, Rie.

The author weaves this tale of intersecting desires, enterprise, and cultural expectations with great subtlety and engaging side plots--worthy of a Jane Austen. Rie's story is timeless in the sense of the obstacles she meets and manages to overcome. But Lebra is beyond the mere entertainment of Romance in her telling: she manages the story with such skill that it is touching but
always realistic, exotically descriptive without the ennui of detail. Most of all, Scent of Sake is fun to read--a cross-cultural treat for the mind and heart.
AfinaS
I read this book for book club. I wasn't that excited about it, but was very pleasantly surprised.

I thought the book would be informative, but I wasn't prepared for it to be engrossing. The story of a sake family through many years taught me a lot about an industry and time that I knew little about. What I loved the most was watching how a strong woman in a very patriarchal sake society was able to succeed wildly (even if her descendants aren't proud of her amazing legacy). It's even better when you realize how true to life the book is.

Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down.
digytal soul
This wasn't a good read. The story lacked any kind of tension or conflict and was more like a list of events that just happened. No real plot and too much reliance on fortunate coincidences or an overheard bit of gossip. To be honest, it was boring. The author goes into a lot of detail about the domestic life of the characters but nothing really interesting happens.
Ferri - My name
interesting differences in Japanese society
Akinozuru
This book had moments but more interaction between characters was lacking. I wanted more from the characters. The sake brewing culture was very interesting.
Beazerdred
Interesting, compelling, and insightful read. A road less traveled (and therefore more telling) of Japanese history. Nicely written with well-drawn characters.
Vut
The research that went into this book was amazing, but the book itself wasn't a thrilling read. I started off loving everything I was learning, and feeling very close to the main character, but ended up frustrated and a little bored by her towards the end. Not an awful read, but certainly not as good as I'd hoped.
just ok
The Scent of Sake ebook
Author:
Joyce Lebra
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Genre Fiction
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Avon; Original edition (February 17, 2009)
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366 pages
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4.5
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