Nine-Headed Dragon River Book Summary and Study Guide

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Matthiessen, the nature writer and novelist, is also a Zen Buddhist dharma heir. This book describes the long illness and death of his wife, his explorations into American and Japanese zen, and the relationship between his zen practice and his love of and respect for nature (especially birds). The book is a helpful approach to Zen Buddhism from a clearly Western perspective, as well as yet another addition to Matthiessen's long shelf of beautiful prose.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   very sensitive (sigh) Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   religious issues Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Japan Forest?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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