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Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
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Oct 09, 11

really liked it
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Read in October, 2011

"In a masterpiece there is nothing unclean"

An achingly simple story, unfolding in conversations that are tantilizingly
suggestive of its character's histories.

Each nuance, each action is laden with emotional weight. Even the atmosphere, whenever described, serves to add to that mystical aura behind which - the reader knows - hide intentions, destinities, and fates.

Kawabata's narrative can be best described as a floating, fleeting sort, which gives a feeling of sparseness and economy; although it must be said that the areas of focus have been rendered in a dizzying level of visual detail.

One is compelled to read this book twice. It demands of the reader the same effort as good poetry, though its rewards are arguably greater.





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message 1: by PGR (new) - rated it 5 stars

PGR Nair I am an unabashed fan of Kawabata's prose, having read almost all his books including this one and "Snow Country". Yes, as you rightly say, his prose is highly nuanced, a sort of structured molecules of narration and they are written with utmost artistic sensibility. His story collections are also good. I rate his story 'The Mole' as one of the greatest I have read.


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