As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams: Recollections of a Woman in by Sarashina, Ivan Morris

By Sarashina, Ivan Morris

"As I Crossed a Bridge of desires" is a special autobiography during which the nameless author often called woman Sarashina intersperses own reflections, anecdotes and lyrical poems with money owed of her travels and evocative descriptions of the japanese geographical region. Born in advert 1008, girl Sarashina felt an acute feel of depression that led her to withdraw into the extra congenial realm of the mind's eye - this deeply introspective paintings offers her imaginative and prescient of the area. whereas slightly alluding to definite features of her existence equivalent to marriage, she illuminates her pilgrimages to temples and mystical goals in beautiful prose, describing a profound emotional trip that may be learn as a metaphor for all times itself.

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I "But I don't know anyone there," ended up. was "I do," Charlie said. It knew we were down as simple as that. at the railroad station The next thing I buying two tickets to Chicago. I had been helping to support my mother and father with my cornet for several years now, as my father's grocery store never did very well and most of my brothers and sisters were married and had I told families of their them I was going own. My parents were to look for work alarmed when in Chicago, but there was nothing much they could say since they knew I'd send them whatever money packed my tuxedo, my phonograph, and my records, grabbed my cornet case, and caught the train to Chicago with Charlie Joindreau, just in time to catch the tail end of all the great jazz that had been played there from the I could.

Torn between desire and despair, I kept saying, "Later," what I hoped was a casual manner. While I was wondering what to do, the lights blew out in the dance hall just as the band in MY iS LIFE IN JAZZ kicked off with "Sunday," and in the sudden darkness I found sudden courage. " Bix handed me his horn at once. When the lights came on again a few choruses later, the whole band made a big thing about being surprised to see me on horn instead of Bix, and I the balcony would never stop thought my brother Morris up in clapping.

The musicians in the band used to laugh at me when they heard my Louis records; to them it was just a lot of clatter. The picture was very bleak, not to say pitch black, when I met Charlie Joindreau at a party given by some of the guys at my rooming house. After most of the others had left, Charlie, in a mellow mood from all the home- made began talking about Sonny Greer, the great drummer Washingtonians, Duke Ellington's new band, which was playing at the Kentucky Club in New York. Charlie played drums himself in the pit band at the Capitol Theatre in New York, but he came back to Hartford every Sunday to see his family.

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