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The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter

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Preface by Donald Keene
Taketori Monogatari, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter is the oldest surviving Japanese work of fiction; The Tale of Genji (written about 1010) referred to it as the "ancestor of all romances." The names of five suitors, resembling those of members of the Japanese court of the eighth century, have suggested to some scholars that the The Tale of the Bambo
Paperback, 180 pages
Published September 16th 1998 by Kodansha (first published 900)
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mai ahmd

قصة لطيفة تصلح لأن تقرأها على أطفالك قبل النوم ..
وتتشارك معهم مشاهدة الرسوم الجميلة للفنانة اليابانية

Mar 18, 2016 Lau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lau by: 1001 books to read before you die
Éste es un cuento tradicional japonés escrito en el siglo X. Cuenta muy breve y escuetamente (con ese bonito estilo antiguo que va directo al grano) la historia de Kaguyahime, una hermosa muchachita que fue adoptada por un anciano cortador de bambú y su esposa, luego de encontrarla adentro de un tronco.

El comienzo es muy tiernito. Kaguyahime es extremadamente pequeña, y su nuevo padre la lleva a su casa sosteniéndola en la palma de la mano. Ella les llena el hogar de alegría, ya que la pareja no
Jan 02, 2015 Alex rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: scifi otaku
Tale of the Bamboo Cutter is a ninth-centry-ish Japanese folk tale. For the first half, the most startling thing about it is how familiar it seems. A beautiful girl of mysterious origin; impossible quests assigned to suitors to prove their worth. That alone is pretty cool, right? It's neat, and a little confusing, to see how similar folktales from different places are.

Different, though, too, in some ways. I would expect the daughter here to be virtuous, and her poor adoptive father too; instead
Wayward Child
Jan 31, 2015 Wayward Child rated it liked it
Ok, first of all - this is NOT a book by Yasunari Kawabata. The author is unknown, since it was probably written in the Heian era (794-1185). It is the first fantastic story written in Japan. I might even add: the first science fiction story, due to the "Moon people" and the princess being from out of this world.

It might not be so appealing to other people, but to me, as a student of Japanese language and culture, it has been very interesting, because I was able to draw a lot of parallels. For e
Oct 13, 2015 Emadeddin rated it liked it
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يا سلام يا سلام :)
أجمل شيء في هذه القصة هي أنها ذكرتني بمسلسل كان ياما كان السوري القديم.


القصة جميلة.
تنفع أن تكون قصة ما قبل النوم للأطفال ..
وللكبار أيضاً!

لميس محمد
قصة قاطع الخيزران أسطورة من الأساطير اليابانيه تحكي عن رجل عجوز يسمونه قاطع الخيزران يعيش مع زوجته في بلدة سانوكى بإقليم نارا ,, في يوم من الأيام دخل الرجل غابه من غابات الخيزران كانت هناك شجره يشع من أسفل ساقها نور أقترب منها فوجد بداخلها طفلة جميله ...
قصه جميله و لطيفه كقصص الأطفال , أحببتها جدا كذلك أحببت الرسومات الموجوده فيها ...
أنصح بها ..
Melinda Seyler
Mar 08, 2013 Melinda Seyler rated it liked it
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The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (Taketori Monogatari); modern rewriting by Yasunari Kawabata; translation by Donald Keane; Illustrations by Masayuki Miyata
Another of the 1001 books You Must Read before you Die, this Japanese story dates from the late ninth or early tenth century, at any rate prior to 905 AD. It is the oldest surviving Japanese fiction, referred to in The Tale of the Genji as the "ancestor of all romances." It is the story of a celestial being who is discovered as a tiny girl in a
Jun 27, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
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This is a short Japanese folktale about a girl who falls from the Moon to Earth and is so beautiful that she is pursued by many suitors, whom all she refuses to marry. It is discovered towards the end that she is from the Moon and must return. It is an interesting little tale and I'm interested to see how it fits in the progression of classical asian literature.
Tad Crawford
Oct 02, 2012 Tad Crawford rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this story which The Tale of Genji refers to as the "ancestor of all romances". It's a folk tale about a woodcutter and his wife who find a tiny (3" tall) and very beautiful girl in a stalk. She quickly grows to become full size and, as we all know, you have to be careful with people who are born from roots, seeds, stalks, etc. She has five suitors and makes tests for each of them that would challenge the best of us. Ultimately, we get a glimpse of how the immortals act and w ...more
I enjoyed reading Japanese folklore and appreciated the illustrations.
It was a sad story though and I really felt it was "just okay," so I sort of have an uneasiness that I missed something here. I realize that most books on this 1,001 books to read before you die I give 2-3 stars as a rating...guess I had higher expectations of this for some reason. Glad to have read it though, considering that has a long historical significance and more so because I enjoyed the artwork.
Quick read which seems more like a fairy story, the little girl found in the bamboo reminds me of Thumberlina. Except this girl becomes normal size, and tries to get out of marrying by setting impossible tasks for her suitors. This version has both the english translation and the original japanese as well as some beautiful pictures.
Dec 08, 2008 Paul rated it it was amazing
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While the story in and of itself is wonderful in Kawabata's retelling (even if translated), what is really precious and amazing with this particular edition is the gorgeous kiri-e artwork that accompanies it.
The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter is another book on my "classics" reading list. It's about an old bamboo cutter who finds a small child (read: alien) and raises her as his own. She grows up into a woman in the span of a few years and is unbelievably beautiful. Men across the country want to court her and she does not want to be married. Cue some hilarious situations where she sends these men off on a wild gooses chase just to prevent them from trying to claim her as their wife.

I don't really have a
Vaishali Joglekar
The 10th century tale of the beautiful Moon Princess, famous throughout Japan. When Mt. Fuji smokes in volcanic activity, the tale says it is the Emperor's letter burning away, his yearning hopefully reaching her. Beautiful imagery, and a very sad ending :(
Amany Omar
Feb 04, 2016 Amany Omar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تجربة شيقة مع الأدب الياباني ، أساطير ، جبال ، مخلوقات فضائية ، حب
قصة مسلية لما قبل النوم :)
I didn't read this version of the story; I found a copy in a JSTOR e-journal which I downloaded from Monash Uni and imported into my Kindle. The import made the text very very small! Not too small that I couldn't read it though, and the story is quite short. If it was the length of Tristram Shandy, I would have given up it up for the hardcopy. The story itself is very sweet and funny - the lengths the suitors would go to! And the poor earthly parents ... I must admit I got a tear in my eye at th ...more
Feb 05, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it
This is a translation of Taketori monogatari, a story of unknown authorship, written sometime in the Heian Period of Japanese history. It is one of the most well known of Japanese folktales and legends, and was called by Lady Murasaki "the ancestor of all romances." Donald Keene's new translation renders the original story (or the original written form of the story, at any rate) into the English language, but does so somewhat unimaginatively. I don't know if this is a problem with the original l ...more
عُلا عون
Apr 15, 2016 عُلا عون rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#قاطع_الخيزران اول قصة مكتوبة في الأدب الياباني

في زمن بعيد في بلدة سانوكي بإقليم نارا كان يعيش عجوز يسمونه قاطع الخيزران وقد أطلقوا عليه فيما بعد لقب مياكومارو كبير سانوكي
مياكومارو كان يدخل إلي الوديان ويتوغل في الجبال ليقطع الخيزران
Book Wormy
May 09, 2015 Book Wormy rated it liked it
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Tale of the Bamboo Cutter

This is a sweet Japanese fable, the bamboo cutter is an older man who has not been blessed with children, one day while cutting bamboo he comes across a tiny girl who glows like the moon, the man takes her home and he and his wife raise her as their daughter.

The girl grows up into a beautiful woman and the bamboo cutter fearing what will happen to her when he dies decides she should choose one of 5 knights to marry, the girl does not want to marry and instead sets the k
Articolo per la rubrica "Letture d'oriente" che tengo per il sito!

Ne parlo su YT (minuto 00:53):
Jul 25, 2016 Melanie rated it really liked it
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I have always loved fairy tales. I really liked reading this one because it's one of the earliest ever recorded, but it was so sad. The suitors were all idiots, so I was glad that none of them were able to accomplish their tasks. I did like that the value of familial love was highlighted; that was different to many European fairy tales. The other big difference was that there wasn't a happy ending for anyone. And I do wish I could have read it in Japanese; that might have made it feel more natur ...more
Jan 29, 2016 Usra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أجد نفسي مضطرة لأول مرة لأن أقول بأن الفيلم المقتبس من الكتاب أفضل من الكتاب بكثير بل و أكثر منه تفاصيل و أحداث و دراما ، الفيلم انتجته الشركة اليابانية للأنمي studio ghibli تحت اسم

The Tale of Princess Kaguya .

الأسطورة تحكي عن قاطع خيزران فقير و كبير في السن يعيش هو و زوجته في قرية ريفية بسيطة ، في يوم و هو يقطع الخيزران وجد كوز ذرة أسفل الجذع و وجد بداخله طفلة رضيعة يشع منها ضوء قوي ، حملها للبيت لزوجته حيث تبدأ اشياء غريبة بالحدوث لهم جميعا .

في العموم و المجمل قصة جميلة و ممتعة و الأجمل إذا شا
Dec 08, 2014 Aleta rated it it was amazing
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It's thanks to the 1001 Books You Must Read list that I ever even heard of this beautiful fairy tale. Not that far from Western fairy tales at first, but then, wow, does it surprise! At first it seems quite ordinary, a childless man finds a tiny girl outside (maybe H.C. Andersen got inspiration for Thumbelina here?) and brings her up with his wife. The girl grows to ordinary size and stunning looks, yet turns away every suitor. Eventually she sends some persistent fellows out on ridiculous quest ...more
Jun 13, 2013 Ann rated it liked it
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Jehad Rashad
Apr 26, 2016 Jehad Rashad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية قاطع الخيزران..
الريفي الفقير قاطع الخيزران الذي لم يكن لديه أولاد..
وجد الأميرة السماوية في عود خيزران..
وكما تقول الأسطورة.. ارسلت لها السماء كل شيء تحتاجه كي تكون "أميرة"
الأميرة كاجويا..
القصة رائعة رغم الخرافات حول بوذا.. وأنها عادت إلى السماء
قصة تمثل الصراع بين الحب والشهوة المتمثلة في الأمراء الذين رأوا في الأميرة مطمعاً..
والامبراطور الذي أرادها جزئاً من ممتلكاته..
والحنين لبساطة الريف والذكرى الجميلة
قصة تبدو صالحة للأطفال.. لكنها أسطورة جميلة تصلح للجميع
Omar Manjouneh
Mar 15, 2015 Omar Manjouneh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
" كيف لمن نما ببيت تنمو الحشائش في جنباته أن يألف العيش في قصر ويزهو في ساحاته"

نص مُذهل بكل ما للكلمة من معنى، إعادة بناء للتاريخ من أول وجديد وربط المتغيرات اللي بتحصل في الرواية بالتغير في الأحداث التاريخية الواقعية اللي حصلت لليابان بالشكل المُلهم والشاعري ده مخليني لسه مخضوض إنها اتكتبت من أكتر من 1100 سنة .. تقديري زاد أضعاف للمجهود الضخم اللي قام بيه "إيساو تاكاهاتا" في تحويلها للفيلم ويحسبله إن اتميز عن الرواية بتأسيس تاريخ شبه تفصيلي لطفولة " الأميرة كاجويا" وعلاقتها بأهلها واصحابها الأر
Apr 12, 2016 Rema rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
بدأتُ قصة "قاطع الخيزران" دون علمي أنها نفس الأسطورة المقتبس عنها فيلم ستديو قيبلي:
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

يعجبني الفن الياباني، أحب تميزه وغرائبه، احتوت الحكاية أساطير قديمة عن نشأة بعض الحِكم اليابانية، عن سبب تسمية جبل فوجي
غالبية الصفحات كما في معظم الحكايا اليابانية احتوت تنانين وطيور سنونو وحكايات الإمبراطور، حتى النهاية بصعود أميرة الضياء للسماء.

مرة أخرى، الفن الياباني يُناسبني جدًا
Jan 29, 2016 Janeh227 rated it liked it
9th C. Japanese fairy tale of bamboo cutter finding small girl, adopting her and, of course, she grows into a beautiful princess. Many woo her but she continues to give them impossible tasks to complete and none can capture her heart. Finally, she returns to the moon with her celestial people and Mt. Fuji is created as an immortal shrine to her.
رواية ظريفة رجعتني الى سنين الطفولة ومدري ليش تذكرت في قصص الشعوب لما قرأتها .. خفيفة .. خيالية .. مسلية .. طفولية
لكنها أكدت لي الرسم اللي رسمته سابقا لليابان فطفولتنا كلها مع الشحصيات الكرتونية الظريفة والخيالية والمسلية .. أحببت الحكم في نهاية كل قصة .. واستغربت على معلومة سبب تسمية جبل فوجي هذه المعلومه تستحق البحث أكثر
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