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Autumn Wind and Other Stories

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Westerners familiar only with stereotypical images of bowing geisha and dark-suited businessmen will be surprised by the cast of characters translator Lane Dunlop introduces in this anthology. Lovers of fiction and students of Japan are certain to find these stories absorbing, engaging and instructive.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 15th 2007 by Tuttle Publishing
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David Bonesteel
Lane Dunlop has translated a handful of Japanese short stories by well-regarded authors. All of them are set in the early- to mid-twentieth century. Many of these stories are rather quiet and contemplative, perhaps too much so for many American readers (I don't exclude myself from this). These authors often spend much time on the details of the natural environment, using them to highlight or provide contrast with their characters' emotions, thoughts, and situations. On more than one occasion, I ...more
I enjoyed how the authors highlighted certain scenes, making them as important to the story as the characters and plot, like so many Japanese films do. I could picture myself there in the flash storm, in the Japanese garden, on the mountain ridge, in a bamboo grove. Favorite line: "Like most women, as she considered a fact that she had placed center stage in her consciousness, if she felt it was an inconvenient fact that might make for trouble in a given situation, she at once and skillfully pus ...more
A good collection of short stories. Most of them centred to a specific event. How's before and how's after.

But I guess I give it a 4-star rating because it was a break from a long streak of bad books. Kind of an "autumn wind" for me :-)
Court Merrigan
"The Peony Garden" by Nagai Kafu is possibly one of the best short stories ever written.
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