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Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
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Oct 09, 11

bookshelves: owned, favorites, japan
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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