What a man! What a life he’s lived! What wisdom he possesses! What talent!
The Way of the Bow is a small yet potent book written by one of the most talented authors I have ever read! In this book, Paulo uses only three characters to tell a timeless story. A story of life, based on the teachings (way) of the bow. He uses Tetsuya, a reformed alcoholic turned dextrous archer, to channel a man in touch with his life, like never before.
A stranger walks to Tetsuya’s workshop and challenges him to a duel. He insists that Tetsuya must watch him shoot, for he travelled long to meet him. Tetsuya agrees. The stranger accurately pierced a cherry a distance away. Tetsuya then shoots, with a caveat that the stranger must never reveal the name of the village he lives. Tetsuya perfectly hits a peach, twenty metres away. He then tasks the stranger, having pierced a cherry, something smaller than a peach, from a greater distance, to repeat what he had done, standing in the middle of a bridge, like he had. The Stranger missed.
The way of the bow, thus begins. Tetsuya teaches the young man with him, about allies the bow, the arrow, the target, and so much more. He uses these seemingly simple, commonplace objects, to teach the reader about life, in a way only he can!
The bow represents life. It requires periods of inaction. A bow that is always armed and braced loses its strength. Therefore, allow it to rest, to recover firmness, then when you draw the bow-string, the bow will be content, with all its strength intact.
This and so much more, in this beautiful, timeless book.
A REVIEW BY AURA BILLY OSOGO