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The Hunting Gun

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  762 ratings  ·  71 reviews
"The Hunting Gun, set in the period immediately after the Second World War, is the story of a tragic love affair and its psychological impact - not only on the lovers themselves but on all those close to them. The narrative is related from three points of view: Saiko, the guilt-ridden mistress; Shoko, her pathetic, disillusioned daughter; and Midori, the sophisticated but ...more
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Peter Owen Publishers (first published 1949)
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Ginny_1807
Oct 10, 2012 Ginny_1807 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ginny_1807 by: Azzurrina
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Io?
Ci sono libri che leggo rapito
Ci sono libri che leggo annoiato
E ci sono libri, come questo, che mi leggono.
E mi lasciano dentro
una voglia di pioggia.
Mariel
Aug 19, 2011 Mariel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the eye of the tiger
Recommended to Mariel by: cat's paw
I don't know how to read. I'm going to sign up for hooked on phonics after I write this review. My mind was in the gutter like I lost to Jesus Quintana and his purple balls in a bowling match (we have dates on wednesdays and saturdays now). My first reading today (I'm not a freak! This story is only 74 pages) the relationship was between a son and his mother. In my defense, kind jury (I really like those shoes! They match your understanding eyes), extramarital affairs aren't that shocking, are t ...more
Vale
Misugi è il Freischütz
Questo romanzo breve mi ha ricordato sia come struttura sia come atmosfere l'ouverture dell'opera Der Freischütz, Il franco cacciatore, di Carl Maria von Weber. È il corno, da sempre associato alla caccia e alla natura, ad aprire l'opera di Weber e il suo crescendo crea un senso di fusione con la natura misteriosa di boschi e fiumi.
Così il cacciatore, come figura solitaria e di impenetrabile comprensione, apre il romanzo di Yasushi. Lo scrittore racconta di aver pubblicato
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S©aP
Romanzo sorprendente. Breve ma completo. Delicato, drammatico, a tratti crudele, gonfio di silenzi e significati esplosivi.
Soave l'energia con cui viene offerto un caleidoscopio sull'amore femminile.
Lascia con l'incompiutezza perfetta per meditare.
O rileggere, in accordo con gli stati dell'animo.
Leka
Avevo bisogno di qualcosa di piccolo da infilare nella borsa per un viaggio in treno. Aspettava da un po' di essere scartato questo regalo e ho pensato fosse arrivato il momento.
Solo che una storia così coinvolgente, esistenziale e lancinante non la si può leggere impunemente in mezzo alla gente sconosciuta di una carrozza ferroviaria! Meno male che il freddo e il vento, che mi hanno allegramente sferzato sui binari in attesa delle coincidenze, hanno fatto la loro parte arrossandomi le guance e
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Arwen56
Romanzo che inizia in sordina e va poco a poco dipanando, in un continuo crescendo, un intreccio sottile di solitudini, di offese e di verità negate, che finisce per chiudersi, come un cerchio perfetto, da dove era partito. Il tutto all’interno di un’architettura narrativa che è estremamente elegante, sobria e, talvolta, molto delicata.

Mi è piaciuto parecchio e, forse avrei anche potuto arrivare alle quattro stellette. Ma debbo lamentare una certa “freddezza” di fondo. Non so come dire … è come
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Cristina
Forse il 22 ottobre risplendeva troppo il sole dentro e fuori di me, questo breve romanzo è passato sopra il mio cielo provocando una breve ma fastidiosa eclissi.
Forse semplicemente non era la lettura adatta, e seppur impeccabile da ogni punto di vista, non è riuscito a trasmettere emozioni. La storia, i personaggi, l'atmosfera, tutto mi è sembrato, quel giorno troppo distante.
Ilaria
Un "piccolo" capolavoro: dalla scrittura fluente all'intreccio che lega le vite dei quattro protagonisti. Credo sia difficile non rimanere rapiti dall'atmosfera malinconica che le quattro lettere che compongono questo romanzo breve riescono a creare.
"Allora tu, guardando le teche, dicesti scherzosamente: 'Questa è Saiko, questa è Midori e questo sono io. Tutti gli esseri umani hanno dentro di sè un serpente (...)' "
arcobaleno
Tre lettere di tre donne allo stesso uomo.
Amore, tristezza, solitudine...

Lo sapevi, zio, che oltre a quella trentina di tinte che si trovano di solito nelle scatole di colori, il rosso, il blu, eccetera, esiste il colore della tristezza, un colore che le persone possono vedere chiaramente?

(Grazie all'appassionato commento di Ginny, cui rimando!)
Jackie
Beautifully written but I found the correspondence from the three women irritated me. I just couldn't identify with them and found them pale imitations of real people.
Veronika KaoruSaionji
This short story has complicated storyline, male narrator, other man - main hero, then letter of the three women from his life, but never mind, it is O.K.
But the letters! They are so hysterical, pathetic and silly... These are not women, but fairies, hags or aliens. :o) The first of them is twenty, but I thought at first about her that she is about ten! She has childish behaviour, but with some strange and certainly not female erotica (also, she is virginal "lolita" for male dreaming). Her moth
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Brian
This was a beautiful little book that took me by surprise. It is poetry in prose form... touching and sad.

A man is seen walking up a mountain with a pipe in his mouth and a gun strapped across his back. He is seen by the narrator as the personification of loneliness and writes a short poem about him that's published in a hunting magazine. The man recognizes himself in the poem and mails the narrator 3 letters to explain his cloak of emptiness and possibly share his burdens... and the story begin
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Bill Johnston
This is one of Inoue's first works, one of those that won him the Akutagawa prize and rocketed him to fame. Though less than perfectly done (who has ever done a perfect first novel?), it has a depth that shines through in the first couple of chapters, and peters out by the end.

The story isn't about A Hunting Gun, really, despite the title. The opening is written by a poet who writes a poem called The Hunting Gun, and the man who responds to him in writing because he recognizes himself in the poe
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Ana Rînceanu
Simt pentru această carte o afecţiune specială din simplul motiv că este una dintre puţinele cărţi pe care le-am citit şi la 16 ani şi la 24 cu un aceeaşi admiraţie. Pentru melancholia poetică cau care scrie, pentru claritatea cu care îşi prezintă personajele fără să le judece, pentru că descrie singurătatea pe care o simţim chiar şi in dragoste. Dacă ar fi să vă dau un mic sfat: închideţi-vă telefonul mobil şi intraţi într-o cameră liniştită. Aşa vă veţi putea cufunda într-o poveste japoneză ap ...more
Linda
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The premise of this novel is a very old one: a man and a woman, each of them married to other people, have an ongoing long affair. However, Yasushi Inoue, a prolific writer of over fifty novels, numerous short stories, poetry and travel writing, has created something different in this very short, enigmatic and bittersweet novel.

The form of the novel is unique--with three letters set within the frame of another letter which is sent to a writer who has published a poem depicting a hunter trudging
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Tonymess
Last week I reviewed Yasushi Inoue’s “Bullfight”, a story from 1949 and a wonderful introduction for me to Inoue’s work. This week we have “The Hunting Gun”, another new release from Pushkin Press, and as I mentioned last week, a beautifully presented book. Typeset in Monotype Baskerville, litho-printed on Munken Premium White Paper and notch-bound by the independently owned printer TJ International in Padstow. The covers, with French flaps, are printed on Colorplan Pristine White Paper and both ...more
Harperac
When a literature gets into a certain groove, it seems to produce a whole genre of works that seem to be interrelated but independent. For instance, if I hear "the English novel," my mind immediately thinks of a kind of amalgamation of Jane Austen, E.M. Forster, Evelyn Waugh, and Thomas Hardy, among others. A world of gardens and fields, enclosed country estates, intense and sometimes claustrophobic social relationships. This kind of genre creation is much more than just an aggregate of books, t ...more
HaveYouSeenThisGirL Denny
It was simple, direct to the point and deep. It had somewhat a different approach. The narrator who received the letters was "us", the readers. Misugi Josuke let us read those three letters, and the cool part is every reader will react differently from those letters. It was lacking and complete at the same time. It told us about the affair of Josuke and Saiko and the effect of that to the people around them. It gave us different point of views and different emotions caused by one commotion.

The o
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David
Nothing like "Tun Huang", which has to be good.

But rather strange.

There's nobody to love here ... although I liked the ballsy wife ... it's just three letters offering three perspectives on relationships with one man and asking questions about what we can ever really know about each other. Answer: very little.
Kellog Mcpussy
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Mandy
Another little gem from Pushkin Press, this powerful and moving novella from one of Japan’s most prolific and acclaimed authors is a tale of love and loss, betrayal and tragedy. In spare and restrained but always lyrical prose, slowly and inexorably, we learn of a love affair gone wrong through the eyes of the three women affected by it – the lover, her daughter and the abandoned wife. In three letters they relate their feelings and experiences so we see the affair from three different points of ...more
Marium
Erstes Buch auf Deutsch gelesen :D / Premier livre lu en allemand!
Ça me rappelle mon enfance quand je commençais à lire en français, je comprenais pas tout en détails mais je suis toute contente quand même!
Rafa
Hermosa novela magníficamente escrita.
Francois
Petite fable, sans plus.
Ametista
Un brevissimo romanzo composto da tre lettere, indirizzate tutte allo stesso un uomo. Ognuna di esse è stata scritta dalle donne ed egli legate, seppur diversamente: dalla nipote, dalla moglie e dall’amante, ossia dalla sorella della moglie. Le lettere riveleranno verità e dolori taciuti negli anni, si scioglierà così ogni legame... quel che resta è un uomo ormai solo.

"Amare, essere amato... come sono tristi le azioni umane. Quando ero al secondo o al terzo anno del liceo femminile, durante un e
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Yoake
Todo empieza con un poema que el narrador escribe para la revista de la Sociedad de Cazadores de Japón.Pese a las expectativas del poeta nadie responde al poema, ni para alabarlo ni para criticarlo. Hasta que un día recibe la carta de un cazador, identificado con el del poema, que le pide que lea tres cartas que le adjunta. Todas son de mujeres importantes en su vida: Shoko, Midori y Saiko. Tengo la sensación de que los nombres tienen un significado, pero como no están escritos en japonés, no pu ...more
Felix
Yasushi Inoue (井上 靖 Inoue Yasushi?, 6 de mayo de 1907 - 29 de enero de 1991), escritor católico japonés, nació en Asahikawa, en la isla de Hokkaidō. Murió en Tokio de neumonía.
Estudió en la Universidad Imperial de Kioto, cursando la carrera de Estética y Filosofía, recibiéndose en 1936. Su tesis trató la obra poética de Paul Valéry.
Su padre, Hayao, fue médico del ejército y, por tanto, cambió de residencia en varias ocasiones. Su madre, Yae Inoue, provenía de una familia con tradición de médicos
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Crépuscule121
"Das Jagdgewehr" von Yasushi Inoue wurde mir empfohlen und tatsächlich ist das Buch von einer eigentümlichen Klarheit der Sprache beseelt; ich empfand sie als ungekünstelt, einfach, puristisch - dabei aber keineswegs naiv.

Die Geschichte ist recht kurz und trotz allem recht eindrucksvoll: Durch einen Zufall stellt sich heraus, dass sich jemand in dem Gedicht "Jagdgewehr" als beschriebenen Jäger wiedererkennt und gibt sich dem Dichter zu erkennen. Doch damit nicht genug - berührt durch das Gedicht
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Yasushi Inoue (井上靖) was a Japanese writer whose range of genres included poetry, essays, short fiction, and novels.

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