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The Square Persimmon and Other Stories

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The Square Persimmon and Other Stories is an introduction to the work of Takashi Atoda, one of Japan's most popular and versatile writers of fiction. His themes-first love, lost love, change, fate-are universal ones, but his characters and settings are Japanese.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published April 10th 1991 by Charles E Tuttle Co (first published December 15th 1990)
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George Berguño
Aug 24, 2011 George Berguño rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Born in 1935, Takashi Atoda became one of the most important Japanese writers of his generation. He published over forty short story collections and garnered several literary prizes. And yet his name is little known outside of Japan. Perhaps one reason why Atoda has not gained an international following is that his writings are very Japanese. The eleven short stories that comprise this collection are intensely lyrical, balancing realistic details with subtle symbolism. They demonstrate a stagger ...more
Novia
Jun 01, 2010 Novia rated it it was amazing
Takashi Atoda is a genius!! That explain how I feel about his short stories collection called the Square Persimmon and Other Stories. When I borrowed the book, it was simply because of the word Persimmon, I need it for my What’s In The name Challenge for either plant or food. I am so glad I have joined this great challenge because I can discover great books through this simply based on book’s title challenge.

When I began reading the first story titled The Mongolian Spot, I had this small sceptic
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Nishant
May 13, 2015 Nishant rated it it was amazing
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My first introduction to Atoda's magical stories and I must say, this book is simply a masterpiece. Reading these stories, I felt as if a gentle wind had ruffled by and had altered my personality by something I couldn't quite put my finger at. But the change was surely there, and I often felt the sudden inner calm one feels on reading a wonderful haiku. These stories are a true celebration of the appreciation of beauty in small ordinary things and I could feel an inwardly pull from every single ...more
Tantri Setyorini
Wah, how I miss this book. It's the first book I read in english when I'm about 17 or 18. I don't really remember all the stories, but I remember it's quite satyr, typical of japanese literatures, I think. But I enjoy some stories; the one about an ugly woman whose husband cheated her with his beautiful co-worker and the one about the man who's suspected found the elixir that keeps him young for decades.
Sae-chan
Most of the stories dealt with the past and memories. Your childhood, your first, your history. Sometimes I don't, or I try not to, think that the past has past. True that the past shaped who you are, but they are gone. But I came to learn more that the past is here. The past, the present, the future. They are different gramatically, but blend together as one essentially.

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