Night Boat

Night Boat

AUTHOR: Alan Spence
PUBLISHED: 1st August 2013
ISBN: 9780857868527

My childhood name was Iwajiro, and I was eight years old when I first entered at the gates of hell . . .

One night in eighteenth-century Japan, at the hour of the Ox, a young boy named Iwajiro sits in a state of pure concentration. At the foot of Mount Fuji, behind screen walls and amidst curls of incense smoke Iwajiro chants the Tenjin Sutra, an act of devotion learned from his beloved mother.

On the side of the same mountain, twenty years on, he will sit in perfect stillness as the summit erupts, spitting fire and molten rock onto the land around him. This is not the first time he has seen hell.

This man will become Hakuin, one of the greatest teachers in the history of Zen. His quest for truth will call on him to defy his father, to face death, to find love and to lose it. He will ask, what is the sound of one hand clapping? And he will master his greatest fear. Night Boat is the story of his tremendous life.
'A brave, ambitious and wonderfully insightful book', KEVIN MacNEIL, author of THE STORNAWAY WAY
'If you've ever wondered about the sound of one hand clapping, this is the novel for you. If you haven't, there's still plenty to enjoy in the poetic writing, rich in historical details, and the drama of the battle between a man's inner and outer lives', Kate Saunders, The Times
'A sympathetic, thoughtful chronicle of how we grow and change, how we deal with what makes us suffer, and how our creativity can play in . . . Spence's elegant prose, subtle wit and clear passion for his subject make it a rewarding undertaking', Hannah McGill, Scotsman
'One of Scotland's most accomplished literary talents', JOHN BURNSIDE, The Times
'Spence is a visionary', ALI SMITH

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