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Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
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Dec 24, 2007

it was amazing
Read in June, 2008

How fitting that Kawabata is a master exposing the sublime in the most mundane; Snow Country creates a grand study of the human heart out of a mish-mash of the vulgar and pathetic. Make no mistake, Shimamura is essentially a playboy, Komako a geisha lush. Their indulgent lives play out in ritual, sometimes nonsensical, sometimes pointedly direct. Through it all, snow, beautiful and lulling, anesthetizes even the reader. Living in the snow country is committing to the whisper, the smirk and the deafening sound of silence. The ending is a direct challenge to readers. A final exclamation mark in a novel with none.
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Marcy Jerome,
The language is just beautiful! The descriptions of Snow Country are so poetic! Can you tell me why Yoko fell to her death at the end? I do not believe it was just the fire that made her jump. Shimamura was totally enthralled and intrigued with Yoko, and attracted to Komako for her youth.. What was the relationship between Komako and Yoko? This book confused me endlessly!

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