Loosely based on the burning of Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto, circa 1950, the story is narrated by the arsonist, a psychologically disturbed acolyte of Zen Buddhism. The story spans his childhood days right up to the completion of the arson. Profound ruminations and observations of beauty, human relationships and manipulations, strange friendships and stranger obsessions, philosophy, love and prostitutes; all abound in beautifully written prose. Thoroughly recommended.

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