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Snow Country & Thousand Cranes

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This book presents English translations of two short novels by the 1968 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Snow Mountain is a nuanced love story involving a discouraged urbanite (Shimamura) and a rural geisha (Komako). Shimamura is tired of the bustling city. He takes the train through the snow to the mountains of the west coast of Japan, to meet with a geisha he ...more
Paperback, Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics, 204 pages
Published 1986 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published January 1st 1977)
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Levan Tsutskiridze
ლექსებს რომ რიტმი აქვთ ვიცით. რომანების წაკითხვასაც უნდა თავისი რიტმი და ჩემი აზრით, განსაკუთრებით ეს ამ ორი რომანის კითხვისას არის საჭირო. იასუნარი კავაბატას „თოვლიანი მხარე“ და „ათასფრთიანი წერო“ ისეთი რომანებია, კითხვის დამცხრალი ტემპი რომ სჭირდება. არაა ეს ისეთი ნაწერები, ერთი მისვლით რომ გადაყლაპავ, ჩაიკითხავ ბოლომდე, ან მოგეწონება ან არა და დამთავრდა. აქ კი ვუტრიალე და ვუტრიალე ზოგიერთ პარაგრაფს მრავალჯერ. ზოგჯერ მაქვს ხოლმე ასე მოთხრობებში, წავაწყდები რაღაცას შიგნით და ვკითხულობ ათასგვარა ...more
Georgia
Mar 12, 2008 Georgia rated it really liked it
What is it about tradition that inevitably drives our lives? For better or worse we are the ghosts of our parents,their habits and their heartaches lie close to the surface of who we've become despite our running from that truth. In the end these elevated traditions define us and turn the mundane into the infinite, ceaselessly emptying and filling our collective cup with misery and joy. Kawabata skillfully defines this truth using the tea ceremony. Our lives remain untouched by the beauty that s ...more
Mery Jokhadze
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Vivienne
The two novellas contained within are exquisitely written and embody the Japanese ideal within art and literature of mono no aware, the beauty of sadness.

I was fascinated by Zen when I was young and especially by the tea ceremony, which features in Thousand Cranes.

Haunting and melancholic.
Diane
Nov 05, 2010 Diane rated it liked it
Synopsis of Snow Country from product description: To this haunting novel of wasted love, Kawabata brings the brushstroke suggestiveness and astonishing grasp of motive that earned him the Nobel Prize for Literature. As he chronicles the affair between a wealthy dilettante and the mountain geisha who gives herself to him without illusions or regrets, one of Japan's greatest writers creates a work that is dense in implication and exalting in its sadness.

Synopsis of Thousand Cranes from product de
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Milena
Dec 31, 2012 Milena rated it really liked it
Всъщност оказа се, че прочетох само "Хиляда жерава". "Снежната страна" я нямаше в e-book изданието, което намерих и свалих. Беше на български, но имам чувството, че е превеждано от руски и че на места се губи от нюансирането и красотата на японския текст - бих искала да мога да го прочета в оригинал.
Действието се развива на фона на ритуалите по чайната церемония и вездесъщата японска съзерцателност - един мъж е влюбен в бившата любовница на починалия си баща и в нейната дъщеря. Самото действие
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Heather
Apr 09, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing
This book makes me wish I knew Japanese so I did not have to read the translated version. Beautiful imaginery paints a wonderland-like setting in the reader's mind. Subtle character development leaves the reader to finish the stories in their own minds. Excellent read.
Anna
Dec 09, 2013 Anna rated it it was amazing
It's shocking I had actually read Yuriguni (yes,I am more used to say it in romaji) I a long time ago in Chinese, and I haven't realized it.I pretty much like Japanese books, of the reveal of humanity and the poetic beautiful language, despite the fact I couldn't speak Japanese.
katy
Nov 15, 2013 katy rated it liked it
Intricate details of the Japanese tea ceremony provide the backdrop to this novel which features a young man trapped by his deceased father's complex relationships with three women. The young man lacks the will to escape repeating his father's behavior, but one of the women finally lets him go.
Matt
Nov 06, 2010 Matt rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Two short novels in one collection - both stories of misbegotten romantic entanglements, so topically not really what I go for, but the prose and storytelling style is noteworthy and certainly different from what American novels tend to offer.
Travis James
May 23, 2015 Travis James rated it really liked it
It was a very detailed book that really captured my attention in the later pages. The ending still left me a little upset but in a good way.
Michael Critz
Aug 30, 2012 Michael Critz rated it it was amazing
Literature as artistry. These stories really touched me emotionally. I feel lucky to read something when the time is right in my life.
Patricia
Jan 19, 2013 Patricia rated it really liked it
I loved Snow Country! It was exquisitely lyrical and poignant. Thousand Cranes was very good, but a bit more difficult for me to get through.
Alexander Ellis
Dec 15, 2015 Alexander Ellis rated it really liked it
I would recommend reading this book as slowly as possible. intersperse the chapters and your exclusive will be more enjoyable. I think i rushed it.
Helen
Nov 23, 2015 Helen rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic! My new favourite author! A wonderful emotional style of writing with plenty of references to nature.
Malemnganbi
Oct 09, 2011 Malemnganbi rated it liked it
thousand cranes is awesome!! i dint really like snow country as much as the latter.
misty
Apr 25, 2009 misty added it
A nice depiction of the Japanese way of living and feeling life.
Kieran
Oct 18, 2016 Kieran rated it really liked it
Snow Country is short, took 14 years to complete and is one of the saddest stories I've ever read.
Richard Bentley
Nov 22, 2015 Richard Bentley rated it really liked it
In Japanese society, there is so much that is left unsaid. The three novels by Kawabata that I have read bring this out so clearly, without giving understanding.
Sissi Zeiser
Apr 05, 2015 Sissi Zeiser rated it it was amazing
One of my very special books.
Jmolentin
Read these in college, don't remember anything,except that it was very Japanese.
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Yasunari Kawabata (川端 康成) was a Japanese short story writer and novelist whose spare, lyrical, subtly-shaded prose works won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, the first Japanese author to receive the award. His works have enjoyed broad international appeal and are still widely read.

Nobel Lecture: 1968
http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prize...
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