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"Beautifully economical....The haiku works entirely by implications; so, in this novel, using the same delicate glancing technique, Mr. Kawabata probes a complicated human relationship." --The times Literary Supplement (London)
From the back:
"With the brushstroke suggestiveness and astonishing grasp of motive that won him the Nobel Prize for Literature, Yasunari Kawabata tells a story of wasted love set amide the desolate beauty of western Japan, the snowiest region on earth. It is there, at an isolated mountain hotspring, that the wealthy sophisticate Shimamura meets the geisha Komako, who gives herself to him without regrets, knowing that their passion cannot last."
My review: This is a highly stylistic book, beautifully written. It was originally published in installments and shows in its episodic nature. Kawabata paints a poignant picture with spare words, so it's a quick read. But it's also difficult read. If you skim over the surface of the text, not much happens. You have to read deep and think about the word pictures for the true genius of the work to shine through.
This book is not for everyone, but I enjoyed it.
1. Rosella05 - UK
2. PepeLePew - Bosnia-Herzegovina
3. Bug2004 - US <--HERE
The usual ray etiquette applies:
1. journal when you receive the book, again when you’ve finished and when
you send it on
2. because this one is short, please try to keep the book no longer than 2
– 3 weeks
3. check the list posted in the journal before asking for the next
person’s address – there might be changes, but that will always have
the most up-to-date line up
4. if the next person on the list doesn’t get back to you in a timely
manner, contact the person after that for their address and let me know of
5. the last person in the ray gets to dispose of the book as they wish
6. Enjoy the book!
This is on its first leg of the ray - off to the UK. Hope you enjoy it!
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
I'm still waiting for the Bug2004 to contact me and then the book will be on its way :)
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Sent to Bug2004 today :) Hope it gets there all right.