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Flowers of Grass is Takehiko Fukunaga’s fully realized portrait of a young man of fastidious intelligence and great sorrow, and shows us how it is possible, seeing reality from the side of death and despair, to still choose life.

Outside Tokyo, a tuberculosis sanatorium in the village of K has a six-bed ward that the narrator, an aspiring poet, shares with a student of ling
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ebook, 328 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published 1954)
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Eadweard
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminded me of Saiichi Maruya's Grass For My Pillow, how honest the character is about the fanaticism sweeping the nation and the war.
Thi
Jun 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan
I liked the rhythm of this book - kind of slow and easy to follow.
Some parts I didn't really understand, like Shiomi describing several military procedures, which after a while did bother me.
What stood out for me were little scenes, Shiomi's roommates waiting silently in their room for news on his operation, the description of the whole sanatory building...
I don't think I captured all of Shiomi's motives and reasons for his actions. Maybe I should read the novel once again some time.
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ren
Jul 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I started the book loving the heck out of the first chapter; the characters were very dynamic, the setting compelling, the mysterious Shiomi-san all spooky and humbly above everyone else. But when the book traveled back to Shiomi's past via the notebooks, I began to lose interest. I think the "memoirs" were to depict the colors and vibrancy of youth and how Shiomi became the way he is and etc., but they didn't really appeal to me. Young Shiomi just wasn't an interesting enough character, and the ...more
Connor
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, it reminded me a lot of Kokoro. Some of the Christianity stuff felt a bit forced but everything else was really good. The scene on the volcano was particularly memorable.
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Flower of Grass by Takehiko Fukunaga is a classic Japanese story that I wouldn’t thought I’ll get hook. I just give it a try and before I knew it, I was already at the end of it. It was a story of romance and finding yourself. A story who will hurt you deeply and indirectly and unknowingly. Flower of Grass is deep and wide journey of someone’s life trying to uncover the realizations of his decisions. What will you do when you couldn
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Lily
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Я во что-то верю. Если рассматривать страсть как крещение огнем, то вода вымыла из меня все прошлое. Ты не позвал меня, так как не было у меня имени. Крещенный Риу-чан обхитрил механику суицида, а мне даже не прийдется идти на хитрости.

День за днем бежит, хлопая в ладоши, ночь спускается на набережную и прыгает в воду с разбегу. Что это за повседневная радость, никак рутинное счастье? Было так невыносимо, что вдруг поняла: ни один день не упущен, не крещен, не разбит. И как нет двух одинаковых с
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Rachel
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written 1954 post war Japan story of love, idealism
portrait of a young man very bright, very sad in a sanatorium for life threatening illness who is still very much alive.
It is interesting to read something written in post war Japan when they were still in the mind set of a beaten country.
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Takehiko Fukunaga 福永武彦 (1918–1979) was a novelist and poet. In college he was fond of Mallarmé, Rimbaud, and Lautréamont, and was especially influenced by Baudelaire. With Shin'ichiro Nakamura, Shuichi Kato, and other writers of his generation, he formed a literary coterie called Matinée Poétique. While striving to introduce the latest European literary trends, he wrote experimental novels such as ...more
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