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The Samurai’s Garden

June 10, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Mark J. Schenker, Ph.D.,
Dean of Academic Affairs in Yale College

Gail Tsukiyama’s The Samurai’s Garden (1996) tells story of a 20-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen in the late 1930s. Sent to his family’s summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from an illness, Stephen takes away from his brief vacation much more than his physical health, as his experiences with Matsu, a master gardener, and others in the village teach him lessons in beauty, love, and loyalty. Schenker discusses the book as both an initiation novel and as one that uses the figure of the garden to touch on a variety of issues, including the relation between art and nature, the idea of cultivation in its broadest sense, and the themes of refuge and privacy.

This program is presented by Connecticut’s Historic Gardens.


June 10, 2014
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371 United States
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