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The Temple Of The Golden Pavilion (edition 2001)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679752706, Paperback)Because of the boyhood trauma of seeing his mother make love to another man in the presence of his dying father, Mizoguchi becomes a hopeless stutterer. Taunted by his schoolmates, he feels utterly alone until he becomes an acolyte at a famous temple in Kyoto. He quickly becomes obsessed with the beauty of the temple. Even when tempted by a friend into exploring the geisha district, he cannot escape its image. In the novel's soaring climax, he tries desperately to free himself from his fixation.
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A young man, having suffered a childhood trauma, becomes an acolyte at a famous temple in Kyoto.
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