Snow Country

by Yasunari Kawabata | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0679761047 Global Overview for this book
Registered by MarysGirl of Brooklyn, New York USA on 6/30/2008
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by MarysGirl from Brooklyn, New York USA on Monday, June 30, 2008
I got this book from a generous Brooklyn FreeCycler specifically to share
with others through

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This book is now yours to do with as you wish, but I hope choose to pass it on.

Thanks and Happy “Crossings!”

Journal Entry 2 by MarysGirl from Brooklyn, New York USA on Tuesday, August 05, 2008
"Snow Countryis a work of beauty and strangeness, one of the most distinguished and moving Japanese novels to have appeared in this country." --New York Hearald Tribune

"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.

Journal Entry 3 by MarysGirl from Brooklyn, New York USA on Friday, March 27, 2009
This book is going on a journey. Here's the line up so far:

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
the change
5. the last person in the ray gets to dispose of the book as they wish
6. Enjoy the book!

Journal Entry 4 by MarysGirl at Brooklyn, New York USA on Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Released 9 yrs ago (3/31/2009 UTC) at Brooklyn, New York USA



This is on its first leg of the ray - off to the UK. Hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 5 by XIV-590003 on Friday, April 03, 2009
Arrived this morning, thank you MarysGirl. The bookcrossing postcard is lovely, I'll use it for wild releases. I'm half way through my current read, yours is next. It will be my first book by this author, I'm looking forward to it.

Journal Entry 6 by XIV-590003 on Tuesday, April 07, 2009
An intense and challenging read, I sometimes found myself reading the same page three or four times, but the book was so beautifully written that I didn't mind at all. I knew the word pictures were significant, I wasn't always sure of what, and I felt I 'owed' it to the author to try to interpret them as best as I could. I also wasn't familiar with the haiku style of writing and it took me a while to get used to it. I want to read this book again in the near future, I sense there is much more there to appreciate and discover. Despite these difficulties I still consider this first reading a rewarding experience. Thank you for sharing this great novel with me, I really loved it. One of my favorite lines from the book: The labor into which a heart has poured its whole love–where will it have its say, to excite and inspire, and when? (page 157). I have Pepe's address and will be going to the post office at the end of the week.

Journal Entry 7 by XIV-590003 at to the next participant, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, April 11, 2009

Released 9 yrs ago (4/11/2009 UTC) at to the next participant, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases


Journal Entry 8 by PepeLePew from Sarajevo, Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Arrived safely today. I'll start reading this on weekend, I have to much to do right now. Thanks for sending it so quickly, Rosella and thanks for sharing MarysGirl :)

Journal Entry 9 by PepeLePew from Sarajevo, Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina on Monday, April 27, 2009
Very challenging read, but highly satisfactory. The book reads almost like a poem and the descriptions were enchanting - you could see every scene in front of you, like a painting. Beautiful. I agree with Rossella, this book deserves more than one reading. Thank you for sharing MarysGirl.

I'm still waiting for the Bug2004 to contact me and then the book will be on its way :)

Journal Entry 10 by PepeLePew at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Released 9 yrs ago (4/29/2009 UTC) at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases



Sent to Bug2004 today :) Hope it gets there all right.

Journal Entry 11 by Bug2004 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Friday, November 20, 2009
Arrived safely.

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