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The Sound of the Mountain by Yasunari Kawabata
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Aug 03, 11

A profoundly quiet book. I just re-read it and was struck by the Western influences in Japanese culture even in 1949 (they even mention Buffalo at one point). On the other hand, reading Murakami also shows how much of Japanese culture has remained distinct. On the second reading I was also struck by the little snatches of humor here and there. The only thing that irked me was the notion that age 62 is "old." It was 1949 not 1549 and it was a modern, technologically advanced society then (as it is now).

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