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Waves: Two Short Novels

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During the 12th-century war between Heike and Genji clans, a young warrior is forced to abandon the comforts of court life.
Hardcover, 171 pages
Published November 1st 1986 by Kodansha
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MkB
Sep 07, 2008 MkB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first novella is simply excellent, and I'm a sucker for feudal warfare stories anyway. The second--really more of a short story--was interesting, but rather less focused.

One thing both have in common is a lack of a plot arc. Whether it's a cultural thing or an Ibuse thing I have no idea, but they both cut off very abruptly. It works well in the first story, as you can let the known history fill in the probable outcome, but not as well in the second.

The translation is very well done (that is,
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Marek Harok
May 04, 2010 Marek Harok rated it really liked it
The two stories are connected by big changes brought by waves of the war and waves of the sea. Both of the stories are about will to live, when it seems, there is no hope. Both of the stories are about collision of the cultures (two different clans, western x eastern civilization). I enjoyed them both equally and I can just recommend it.
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Borrowed from South Pasadena library.
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Masuji Ibuse (井伏 鱒二) was a Japanese novelist.

At Waseda University, Ibuse was greatly influenced by the works of Shakespeare and Basho; he was also an avid reader of French fiction and poetry. Ibuse went as far as to pawn a watch to try to understand the necessities of writers.

In 1918 Ibuse met naturalist writer Iwano Homei. Homei's literature was appealing to Ibuse and would later influence some o
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