The 89TH Temple

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Once an ascetic rite of passage, the Shikoku Pilgrimage of 88 Temples has become a more generalized ritual of penance for troubled souls. Seven juvenile offenders on leave from various reform schools are walking the 1,300-kilometer pilgrimage with a counselor and some assigned wardens from the state. When they finish the journey, they will be released. Will they rejoin society or leave it behind? More

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Words: 49,330
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301783922
About Charlie Canning

Charlie Canning taught English for ten years at three universities in Japan before getting his PhD in creative writing from the University of Adelaide. He published the creative part of his dissertation, the novel THE 89TH TEMPLE, in 2012. Three years later, he released a second novel called THE SIGN OF JONAH. In addition to these works, Canning has written a stage play, two screenplays, an academic writing textbook, and co-edited a collection of Japanese American literature.

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Review by: vivascarlett on Feb. 03, 2014 :
I cant express how much I enjoyed this novel. I'm one of those people who're into Japan and exploring Buddhism and it's pilgrimages and reading great writing. This satisfies all of these appetites. It has alot of wisdom that is put across very simply and easily; the author does a great job of making one really feel for the offenders, the bullying they suffered and the tragic reasons that brought them to the reform school. Definitely a book I'll remember for a long time and look forward to rereading regularly.
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