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Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
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Feb 19, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: poc-author, fiction, japanese-literature, asian, 2009-reads
Read in February, 2009

Not to my taste, especially when compared to Kawabata's brilliant novel The Sound of the Mountain. I found several of the characters sympathetic and interesting, but the narrative itself felt unsatisfying. There were too few resolutions and too many unsolved mysteries, especially regarding a few of the characters' personal histories and their interrelationships.

The writing style was also hit and miss for me. Some passages were breathtakingly lovely, only to be followed by others that were banal or excessively belabored. The translation may be partially to blame, but it can't account for infelicitous writing choices such as the metaphor in the line: "The high, thin nose was a little lonely, a little sad, but the bud of her lips opened and closed smoothly, like a beautiful little circle of leeches."
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