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The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata
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Nov 24, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: mainstream, read_2010, all_time_favorites, t_n_bks_2007_earlier
Read in November, 2010

Beautiful novel; Chieko is the young daughter of a Kyoto kimono designer/seller Takichiro and his wife Shige; losing his "inspiration" and believing his business in some trouble, Takechiro (who is grooming Chieko to follow him in the business) 'retires" to a monastery for a little quiet, while Chieko is troubled by the recent revelation that she has been adopted and not only that but her parents 'stole" her as a newborn baby on the steps of a temple; courted by two and soon three young men (a childhood friend, second son of a powerful businessman in the same line as her father, a young weaver, son of his father's manufacturer who is of a somehow lower social standing and later the older brother of her childhood friend who is the apparent heir of the big business and a recent business graduate too), Chieko is confused in her feelings too and then she meets her twin sister by chance...

Things are both simpler and trickier at the same time, but without saying more the novel is just powerful in a quiet emotional way and extremely impressive; one of the 3 novels cited in the author's Nobel award and definitely worth it; highly, highly recommended and a fast and engaging read you do not want to put down
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