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Approaching the Land of Bliss: Religious Praxis in the Cult of Amitābha (review)

Approaching the Land of Bliss: Religious Praxis in the Cult of Amitābha (review) The selection of plays included is a good one. While a fair number of kabuki plays are available in English versions, the vast majority are not. For Masterpieces of Kabuki, the editors chose plays that have not been published elsewhere in translation, although they are all regularly performed today. Selecting them on this basis deviates slightly from the otherwise scrupulous policy of attention to the historical significance of the plays. However, the selection choice is worthwhile in that readers can look forward to seeing most of these plays performed; furthermore, it makes the book a great resource for people who have already seen the plays on stage to study them further in published form. The short introduction that accompanies each play gives a brief summary of the plot and a description of how the script changed over the years, including details about actors who came to be identified with a play and how audiences reacted to it. The quality of the translations is uniformly high. The inclusion of details about stage directions, descriptions of the actors' movements, and the textures of sounds enhances the reader's appreciation immensely. Although this information is given in generous amounts, it seldom detracts http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Approaching the Land of Bliss: Religious Praxis in the Cult of Amitābha (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 57 (2) – Apr 23, 2007

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Abstract

The selection of plays included is a good one. While a fair number of kabuki plays are available in English versions, the vast majority are not. For Masterpieces of Kabuki, the editors chose plays that have not been published elsewhere in translation, although they are all regularly performed today. Selecting them on this basis deviates slightly from the otherwise scrupulous policy of attention to the historical significance of the plays. However, the selection choice is worthwhile in that readers can look forward to seeing most of these plays performed; furthermore, it makes the book a great resource for people who have already seen the plays on stage to study them further in published form. The short introduction that accompanies each play gives a brief summary of the plot and a description of how the script changed over the years, including details about actors who came to be identified with a play and how audiences reacted to it. The quality of the translations is uniformly high. The inclusion of details about stage directions, descriptions of the actors' movements, and the textures of sounds enhances the reader's appreciation immensely. Although this information is given in generous amounts, it seldom detracts

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Philosophy East and WestUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Apr 23, 2007

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