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Střídmá románová próza, vystavěná na půdorysu několika zdánlivě všedních epizod v rodinném životě stárnoucího tokijského obchodníka, patří k vrcholné části díla jednoho z předních moderních japonských prozaiků: vnímavému čtenáři se tu na malé ploše otevře působivé lyrické drama s tématem hledání smyslu zrození a smrti a cesty ke vnitřnímu souzvuku člověka s přírodou, pozor...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published 2002 by Paseka (first published 1949)
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Mar 26, 2011 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: japanese whispers
Recommended to Mariel by: the nobel prize judges
Shelves: my-love-life
I started reading The Sound of the Mountain late at night all alone in my bedroom. It kinda scared the crap out of me in the oppressive lonely way I get when I think too much about what other people want from other people. Is it always going to be that way? Trying too hard? Making up stories is more real. The first half I read this lonely way. The second half I read at the beach (my first beach read of 2011). I think it made it a different experience for me to be read that way, where I didn't kn...more
A painfully beautiful book.

Like the other works by Kawabata I've read, it is not so strictly concerned with plot and action. Instead this is a novel which works slowly and quietly, with description of gesture and emotions, or subtle changes in the weather or in conversation.

It centers around an older man, Shingo, who is distant to his wife and sons. There is a tremendous magnitude of emotion told here, but with the bare minimum of words, even just fragments of sentences. We see the weather pass...more

As the last smell of spring faded in a flowery envelope at a nearby bin, it was time to bid adieu to Shingo Ogata. I wanted to escape from his loneliness, as if it was mine to hold to; the prospects of designing uncharted ideas somehow enticed me more than Mr. Ogata. Unaware of my goodbyes, Shingo sat in his veranda, greatly immersed in a probability of a possible quarrel between the sparrows and the buntings nestled in the majestic gingko tree. All he heard was the peculiar yet familiar roars o...more

Seemingly nothing is happening. Shingo Ogata goes to his office , on his way back does shopping, for a while thinking about the girl who used to work for him but now apparently forgot her name. Nothing special .Ordinary life.

But something’s happened. Shingo heard a sound of mountain and its voice awaked in him old memories .Its sound symbolizes impending death.

Shingo takes us then on a nostalgic journey to the past,to the world of memories and unfulfilled dreams .Painfully aware of loss so many...more
I read this book shortly after finishing Kazuo Ishiguro’s An Artist of the Floating World. Both books cover similar ground: a man in the twilight of his years reflecting on his past. I was going to write a review about how the book deals with old age and coming to terms with our life, about how Kawabata writes luminous prose with each chapter a beautiful image fading into the next.

But then I read a comment by Ishiguro. He said he didn’t get Kawabata because he was too plotless, too Japanese. An...more
I think that the people who make "Mad Men" should go to Japan and make "The Sound of the Mountain" TV series. Everyone would love it. Water coolers across America whould be chocker. It would be similar to "Tokyo Story", but less preachy about old people and with much bigger dramas (gangster son-in-law! What a dream!).
There are some books you just sit and read with a sense of wonderment. It is, perhaps..., Kawabata's masterpiece.
Kyle Muntz
still, contemplative, melancholic, sometimes cruel. a masterpiece
This book is like a tea ceremony where simple acts simply and attentively done have both meaning in and of themselves and also suggest a greater meaning. Or imagine taking a haiku and magically transforming it into a novel that still elicits in the reader the haiku's final "ahh." Shingo, sixty-years-old lives with his wife, his son and daughter-in-law. Later his daughter, abandoned, by her husband comes to live with them. Told from Shingo's perspective, this is the story of Shingo's thoughts and...more
Kelly Jean Egan
Much in the sense that the Japanese designate 24 different seasons in a year, Kawabata demonstrates this distinct sensivity in his writing, as he depicts the poignant nuances of human relationships and the slow but sure passage of time as death draws near. The novel carries the emotional weight of a deep, wide pool; the language that floats on top has that slight degree of strangeness from the communication between the Japanese and English languages--it grips you with a rich, oblique beauty that...more
I've been racking my brain trying to come up with a single western author who relys as heavily on nuance and understatement as Yasunari Kawabata. Though not my favourite, The Sound of the Mountain is the most delicately rendered of the 4 Kawabata novels I've read so far:

She suggested that they meet at the Shinjuku Garden.
Shingo laughed, somewhat disconcerted at this proposed rendezvous.
Kikuko seemed to think that she had hit upon a remarkably good idea. "The green will bring you to life."
"The S...more
From one perspective, this is a very ordinary story of a family that is more unhappy than not, whose unhappiness is founded not in over-the-top angst, but in the every day disappointments of life. The son is having an affair; the daughter is in the process of separating from her husband; the father (and POV character) is getting older and his memory isn't what it used to be, causing him some embarrassment.

The delicate and nuanced observations on social--and especially familial--interactions, how...more
Emeraldia Ayakashi
" There are few people in the world who are so similar that they can not take that for parents and children; should not yet be many; worldwide, it must be a man that we can match with this girl, a girl that we can match this man. One for each of them. Around the world, can not be there exists a pair of this kind. They lived as strangers, without anything might indicate any link between them. Maybe everyone knew it the existence of the other? ... They were separated after being participants of a...more
Ето това е то! И животът, и красотата, и младостта, и остаряването и всеки миг от раждането до смъртта, са прости. Защото красотата е семпла, тя е в изчистените форми, в изчистеното слово - в онова лишено от претенции ежедневие, което напомня на поетично тристишие. И което събира в себе си всичко, за което си струва да се пише, да се поговори и да се помълчи.
Muhammad Fahad Noor
Same as all the Japanese literature and movies that I've come across this book first seems simple and ordinary yet subtle in it's beauty, this book is rather original and breathtaking account of a human life. Ogata Shingo an aged man living an ordinary life is struck one day with an unfamiliar rumble from the mountain which he thinks signals coming of the end of his life. Shingo then starts to dwell on his past life and all the regrets in it. The book progresses as Shingo tries to make life bett...more
Many prose writings are described as poetic. But the Sound of the Mountain from Kawabata is one where I could feel the poetry. A smooth, transient flow of thoughts, which seemed both beautiful and seamless.
It is almost a Stream of Consciousness novel, a Memento Mori. In his old days, which he also sees as his approaching end, the protagonist is softened by emotions and feelings which have their roots in the past. A far away infatuation seeps into his old life, and manifests as his affection for...more
Rachel Hirstwood
Slow down to read this novel set in post world war 2 Japan. It moves quietly and patiently through about a year in the life of Ogata Shingo and his family. Watching the buds form on the trees and flowers bloom, leaves turn and fall to the ground form a backdrop of beauty to a family life that may be seen as failure to a man of Shingo's generation.

Shingo's daughter returns to the family fold for shelter when she leaves her husband. She brings two children with her. She is granted a divorce from...more
Lo que me sorprendió de este libro es que siempre he considerado al Japón como un país muy conservador, más en lo relacionado con la familia. Toda la novela se desarrolla en casa de Shingo y Yasuko, una pareja de esposos que se debate entre el peso y las consecuencias de la vejez y el presente de sus dos hijos durante la posguerra. Jamás me hubiera imaginado que una tradicional familia japonesa debiera enfrentar una pérdida de valores y una serie de situaciones que resultaba más conveniente mane...more
Antonius Block
The sound of the mountain is a harbinger of death. Or at least, that’s what Kawabata’s 62-year old protagonist, Shingo, understands it to be. A man haunted by his love for his homely wife’s long deceased beautiful sister, he finds the same love reawakened within himself through the presence of his graceful daughter-in-law, Kikuko, married to his philandering son, a war veteran who spends each night in the company of a war widow named Kinuko, who contrasts with Kikuko and embodies the aftermath o...more
What strikes me about a lot of Kawabata's post-war fiction is its attendant silence. There are no melodramatic climaxes, no cheap tricks to shock the reader's sensibilities. What plot contrivance, after all, could rival the horrors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, of World War II itself?

The eerie quietude of Kawabata's post-war Japanese fiction mirrors the silence that must have descended after each horrific detonation. There could be no louder sound, and Kawabata respects this in his nuanced, quiet...more
Kasa Cotugno
This book is so well written, so lyrical and evocative, with descriptions of nature and natural metaphors. It presents a picture of everyday life in Japan that is recognizable to Western readers since despite the cultural differences, the situations depict universal experience. The relationships between the family members are familiar. The central figure, a man approaching his twilight years, is contemplative, having lived a quiet life, he finds himself dwelling on matters of mortality inspired...more

أساءت الترجمة لهذه الرواية كثيرا كثيرا للأسف ! هذا عمل كان من المفترض له أن يثير القارئ أكثر من ذلك بكثير.. و لكن نشاز الترجمة أبى و استحكم !

لك أن تتخيل على سبيل المثال, أن جملة : لا ألم, لا إكتساب.. هي ترجمة جملة no pain, no gain !
و إلا فأخبرني.. من أين أتت لفظة "ضجيج" , و الرواية أصلا مترجمة من النص الإنجليزي (كما هو مذكور في المقدمة): The sound of the mountain ؟! و المشهد الذي أشير إليه في الرواية بعبارة "ضجيج الجبل", لا يحتمل الضجيج.. و إنما يحتمل الصوت...more
Not for me. Didn't get to far into it before I gave up.

An elderly man, Shingo, is reconsidering his life. He doubts himself on every turn, has erotic feelings for his daughter-in-law, and is distressed at the state of his marriage. Comparing himself to the younger people in his family gives him opportunity to reflect on and often regret the choices he's made thus far.

Kawabata makes detailed observations of the natural world. His language is simple and direct. For Shingo, nature is seen as symb...more
Kawabata portrays an aging man baffled by family troubles. At first the account of the women's lives was off-putting, but their portraits deepen into a fullness that goes beyond culturally determined roles. The characters' longing for kindness, especially in the sense of kinship, is moving and unforgettable. This family story resonates out to larger circles. The effects of war are slowly seen to have poisoned the lives of some of the characters. Kawabata's depiction of nature goes even deeper th...more
Willam Vollmann mentioned this book in his afterword to a recent edition of Malcolm Lowry's "Under The Volcano." I'd never heard of it. Glad I picked it up. It's like an Ozu film except way more intense and ominous.

I can only imagine how much better and richer this book would be if I understood the Japanese language and knew way more about Japanese culture. One of those books where much is inevitably lost in translation.
Subtle, but rich. Rich, but subtle. Allusions and imagery and observation roll together to produce something ... intriguing, beautiful, and honest.

The story is told from the perspective of Shingo, an old man. The perspective really is the story here though. The book goes into issues of legacy, memory, regrets and self-doubt as Shingo gets closer to the end of his life. Scenes and stories are picked out, but its this filtration of what is observed that ties everything together.

Touching on bravery...more
What a marvelously light touch this novelist has!
Not that he makes light of anything, in the sense of
that saying. He takes everything--dreaming and waking--
seriously, and yet makes it all solid, practical and at
the same time ethereal, somehow. Inspired homely details.
Beguiling, to me.
Beautiful! What an individual style! I loved it all, it flowed so wonderfully and every part of the descriptions of the outside world; dreams / fantasies; and thoughts were perfectly put together. I definitely want to read more of his books and more Japanese literature in general.
Alp Arslan
Yasunari Kavabata'yı Kiyoto (Kiraz Çiçekleri) ile tanıdım ve Bin Beyaz Turna ile sevdim. Dağın Sesi de yazarı sevmeme sebep olan her an her yerde karşımıza çıkabilecek şeylerin bizde yarattığı ani ruhsal değişimleri olanca yalınlığıyla aktarabilme yetisinden nasibini almış. Bu haliyle kitap bana istediğimi verdi diyebilirim. (En azından beklentilerimi karşıladı.) Lakin Kavabata'yı bu kitapla tanısaydım muhtemelen sevmezdim zira sık sık diyalogları bağlamla bağdaştırma sorunu yaşadım. Bunun sebeb...more
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النتيجة: ملل
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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.
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