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As I Crossed A Bridge Of Dreams, by Sarashina

Years ago, I read Sei Shonagon’s The Pillow Book, and found it to be thoroughly delightful. It’s not quite a diary, more like a series of anecdotes, lessons, and complaints by a courtly woman in Heian Japan and was written in about the 11th century AD. What came out most strongly from the book was just […]

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Started reading THE SOUND OF THE MOUNTAIN, by Yasunari Kawabata

A few days ago, I posted on Twitter lamenting about how I’d never managed to get into anything by Kawabata other than Beauty and Sadness (an amazing book that you should all read). And a day later, I picked up his book The Sound of the Mountain and found myself really responding to it. The book is […]

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Reading a pretty fantastic short novel: The Setting Sun, by Osamu Dazai

Not yet that far into this book, but I am thoroughly engrossed by it. The novel is about a family (well, a mother and a daughter) of Japanese aristocrats who are struggling to survive in post-war Japan. It’s a fairly stately novel, but the writing and the voice are so sharp. For instance, the novel begins […]

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Finished reading The Makioka Sisters

It’s a very oddly structured novel. The whole thing centers around these four sisters attempts to get their spinsterish third sister, Yukiko, married off. They continually come close to arranging a marriage, only to have something go wrong at the last minute. In the meantime, the fourth sister, Taeko, becomes more independent and willful. All […]

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