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To the Spring Equinox and Beyond

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  224 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Legendary Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume dissects the human personality in all its complexity in this unforgettable narrative. Keitaro, a recent college graduate, lives a life intertwined with several other characters, each carrying their own emotional baggage. Romantic, practical, and philosophical themes enable Soseki to explore the very meaning of life.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 15th 2005 by Tuttle Publishing (first published 1910)
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Patrizia
Keitaro, giovane laureato, vive in una pensione. Trascorre le giornate portando lettere di presentazione per trovare lavoro e ascoltando le storie che gli racconta un altro ospite della pensione.
Sogna una vita di avventure e ascoltare quelle degli altri lo fa sentire più vicino al sogno.
L’ascolto è il suo modo di conoscere il mondo, fantastica sulle relazioni che legano le persone, si interessa alla loro visione dell’esistenza, mantenendo comunque un certo distacco, incapace di immedesimarsi
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Ressha
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To the Spring Equinox and Beyond is a strange book. It begins with the newly college graduated Keitaro and his fellow lodger Morimoto getting to know eachother soon before Morimoto suddenly vanishes and moves to China. In an ordinary novel, you'd expect Keitaro to end up going to China and living with Morimoto while learning the ways of the world. This is not what Soseki chooses to happen at all. Instead Keitaro gets more and more wrapped up in the melancholic brooding of his rich friend, ...more
J.M. Hushour
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"My head seems to have been created to restrain my heart."

This novel will probably always stand out as my most favorite of Natsume's works. It stands apart from the rest structurally and narratively, the former because it is really a form of nested "reports" that Keitaro the ostensible narrator takes in his dealings with the extended family of his spiritually troubled friend; the latter because it lacks, to its eternal credit, any kind of formal "plot" but is rather a young man's sensitive and
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Sub_zero
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reto-2019
«Vivir en una gran ciudad le permitía no solo soñar con países y gentes exóticas, sino deleitarse en la contemplación de mujeres normales y corrientes que veía a diario en los tranvías, de hombres con los que se cruzaba cuando salía a pasear. Pensaba que, tras su apariencia de normalidad, todos ellos escondían algo fuera de lo común bajo el forro de sus abrigos, en las mangas. Deseaba mirar ahí dentro, echar un vistazo a lo extraordinario y fingir después que no había ocurrido nada».

El pasado
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Michael
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Soseki experiments with different forms of narration here: third-person and then first-person, from the point of view of a recent university graduate (an "idler"), then from his uncle's (another idler). The most powerful scene describes a child's sudden death, drawing on the novelist's own experience. There is an illuminating afterword by the translators Ochiai and Goldstein.

A good start for 2017 reading for me. My new year's resolution is to make better progress in finishing some of the
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Alejandro
"Pero solo por implorar no voy a alcanzar esa dignidad que tanto deseo para mi obra. Por mucho afán que dedique a escribir una buena novela, soy incapaz de predecir el resultado, sea cual sea."

La editorial Impedimenta nos trae una novela un tanto particular para quien sea familiar con la obra de Sōseki. Estamos ante un experimento del autor en el que éste explora las bruscas vueltas narrativas de varios personajes en el contexto banal del Japón de principios del siglo XX. Aunque en 'Más allá del
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LadySarashina
La frustrazione e la persistente sensazione di non riuscire ad afferrare a tratti L'intenzione che muoveva l'autore hanno rappresentato una presenza pressoché fissa all'incirca da un terzo del libro fino alle ultime pagine. L'impressione, a fine lettura, è innanzitutto senza dubbio che si tratti di un esperimento di metaletteratura ( come lo era d'altronde Il Minatore, anch'esso romanzo che mi lasciò piuttosto interdetta ) e in seconda battuta che rappresentasse per Soseki una sorta di ...more
Tsering
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.9/5

Keitaro, freshly graduated and in search of job come across individuals and their lives. The life each has its own trying to fit in societal on sets entwined. I was caught in a labyrinth of feelings while reading, in a sense that how the story develops throughout. As a classic Japanese novel, it took more time than usual Japanese novels. Probably too cause of some personal matters.

There is, I felt a gist of Emily Bronte theme alike around halfway into the book. This is mainly seen when a
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Santiago Sotoca
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japon
Tercer encuentro con este autor, después de “Soy un gato” y “Kokoro”, y me ha dejado sensaciones más parecidas al segundo: capítulos divididos a su vez en escenas breves, similar al Lafcadio Hearn de “En el país de los dioses” (debe ser que por eso eran amigos :P); una sucesión de historias conectadas pero independientes, que dan la impresión de haber leído tres libros en uno solo. Ritmo lento al principio, ameno después y con un cierre al que le sobran treinta o cuarenta páginas a mi parecer, ...more
Giovanna
3.75
Jessica
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
"I once heard a lecture by a certain scholar. He analyzed our present civilization in Japan and revealed quite bluntly to his audience why, if we're not destined to become shallow and superficial, we're in for nervous collapse. He argued that when the truth is not known, we desire to know it, but once we do know it, there are not a few cases in which we repent our knowing and envy that earlier time when we lived blissfully ignorant. "That, or something like it," he said, "is my conclusion," and ...more
Victoria
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the second novel by Natsume Soseki that I read, the first was "Kokoro". Maybe, it's too soon to say that but Soseki's novels leave me in some kind of melancholy after reading them. The last line is read, I close the book and I don't know what to do or what to think.
"To the Spring Equinox and Beyond" made me feel the same. After finishing it I thought quite a lot about book and I can't express the feeling it left in me. It's hard to say what kind of book this is. I can be sure only in the
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Ire
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Un ottimo libro per gli amanti dell'introspezione psicologica
Non ho dato 5 stelle perché in alcuni punti mi è sembrato un po' noioso, ma nel complesso non posso che consigliarlo.
Jaime
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japoneses
«Más allá del equinoccio de primavera» es una obra que va creciendo, y es conforme lo hace cuando se va construyendo. Quiero ser un poco como Sōseki, pero no me sale: quiero decir que es una obra totalmente improvisada, no cabe duda alguna. Muchos asumirán que no es posible escribir sin planificar nada y obtener un buen resultado, pero esta es una excepción.

Publicada en 1912 en el diario Asahi, mantiene una estructura de capítulos cortos, muy cortos, de apenas una página o dos; lo que no les
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Antonio Carralón
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1 de mis #librosen2019: "Más allá del equinoccio de primavera", escrito en 1912 por Natsume Sōseki y publicado en 2018 por la Editorial Impedimenta, que ya ha editado cuidadosamente 8 de las 15 novelas escritas por este magnífico escritor nipón.

320 #páginasleídasen2019.

Con su primer libro, "Soy un gato", Natsume Sōseki consiguió la fama y a mí me convirtió en un profundo admirador suyo. Ahora termino la lectura de "Más allá del equinoccio de primavera", la undécima novela que escribió y la
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Eric Hinkle
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one was a bit strange for Soseki. He was experimenting with narrative, weaving different stories from different perspectives into one general narrative. The first chunk of the book is told from the perspective of one person, and as that narrative veers into an odd detective job it almost comes off as some sort of farce. It seems pretty lighthearted for this era of Soseki (especially having just read The Gate). The second chunk of the book completely changes gears, taking form of a long ...more
Mary
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romanzo particolare per i suoi protagonisti e per la loro storia enigmatica.
Keitaro giovane laureato, trascorre le sue giornate scrivendo lettere di presentazione per trovare lavoro e ascoltando le storie che un altro ospite della pensione gli racconta.
L’ascolto è il suo modo di conoscere il mondo, fantastica sulle relazioni che legano le persone, si interessa alla loro visione dell’esistenza, mantenendo comunque un certo distacco, incapace di immedesimarsi negli altri e nelle loro esistenze.
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Alex Pler
"Lo que me impide correr detrás de las mujeres es la certeza de que tan pronto como me abandone ese arrebato repentino, la tristeza terminará por vencerme. Cuando se apodera de mí esa sensación, siento un profundo desagrado. Veo al joven que soy convertido en viejo, en una especie de monje, pero, mirándolo por otro lado, tal vez haya sido eso lo que me ha permitido vivir hasta hoy sin conocer los celos."

La primera mitad del libro es una historia clásica de iniciación con el ritmo pausado que
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Rebeca F.
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Más allá del equinoccio de primavera es una novela de corte experimental para Soseki, que tiene un fluir libre en que varias historias se entrelazan a través del protagonista. Es una novela con varios relatos breves insertos entremedio y que varía de tercera persona a primera persona por momentos, pero que pese a su distancia del Soseki más tradicional mantiene la preocupación por las temáticas y tensiones habituales, además de su prosa reflexiva, preocupada por la psicología humana y su tinte ...more
Jane
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a read of Soseki's that is not unique to the usual narrative of his passive-characters--who-identify-themselves-as-professional-idlers or to a more direct description: someone more inclined to live inside their heads instead.
It's not hard to relate with his characters given their circumstances, may it be external or internal. And in this novel, we get to explore the multifarious perspective of life and self through transcending narratives of characters to probe deeply into the matters
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Andrea Muraro
Mar 10, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Quando una copertina accattivante, la descrizione di un libro e una recensione forse esagerata comportano un acquisto impulsivo. O meglio: un pessimo acquisto impulsivo.
La prima parte del romanzo è pure passabile: discorsiva, avventurosa, coinvolgente. Poi, il nulla.
Non credo di aver capito lo scopo del libro, né il senso delle vicende. Ma non ritengo sia totalmente colpa mia.
Morale: uno dei rari libri che ho terminato anzitempo (ero arrivato, per carità, a 40 pagine dalla fine) perché non ne
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Caro
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Scorrevole ma...niente di che..
Quello che all’inizio sembrava essere il protagonista diventa improvvisamente solo un ascoltatore.
Un ascoltatore di cui non si conoscono pensieri e reazioni se non fosse per le spiegazioni date sinteticamente nell’epilogo..
Non ho apprezzato che fosse l’epilogo a dover spiegare il protagonista abbandonato.
Charlie
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Some really great passages but didn't catch me as his other writing does.
Valeria Schaffel
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bueno, como todos los de Soseki, pero lejos de ser el mejor.
Denise
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 ...more
Joan
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
When the dust settles, what is a university degree really worth? How much should one read into a walking stick, and what should a young man do with his life anyway? Keitaro has graduation fatigue. He wants to be a spy but doesn't like crime; he is surrounded by people with their own eccentricities and rich personal histories who have much to teach him, but he has little to contribute other than the ability to listen. In the centerpiece of the novel, an old man toying with Keitaro's feelings ...more
Ben Winch
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: japanese, asian
Soseki is my favourite Japanese author; apparently he is a favourite of the Japanese too. I could have chosen almost any of his later novels - I like them all just about equally: The Gate, Kokoro, Light and Darkness. All of these were written after Soseki 'went professional', retiring from a prestigious position as a lecturer to earn his living writing serialised novels for a prominent newspaper - something virtually unheard-of in Japan at the time. Writing at the turn of the 20th century, ...more
William Baker
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Here is a double take on casting the image of antihero in Keitaro and Sunaga. Low psychic energy is an issue we usually mistake for laziness, and the book aims to correct this misapprehension, leading us to the age-old question of the Mother archetype nipping the growth of young sons in their bud or, in popular terms, to the phenomenon of Peter Pan Syndrome. One page points at the author's awareness that tackling the issue of low psychic energy results naturally in a rather uneventful novel.
Stephen Douglas Rowland
Sōseki Natsume is my favorite writer, and I have started, but not finished, this novel 3 or 4 times. I've now completed it, and it pains me to say "Equinox" is, aside from a few inspired passages, totally boring. I'm awarding it 2 stars instead of 1 because I don't I want to hurt my poor Soseki too severely.
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Natsume Sōseki (夏目 漱石, February 9, 1867 – December 9, 1916), born Natsume Kinnosuke (夏目 金之助), was a Japanese novelist. He is best known for his novels Kokoro, Botchan, I Am a Cat and his unfinished work Light and Darkness. He was also a scholar of British literature and composer of haiku, kanshi, and fairy tales. From 1984 until 2004, his portrait appeared on the front of the Japanese 1000 yen ...more
“Saku's figure before me looked like a morning glory drawn with one stroke of the brush. My only regret was that the drawing was not by the hand of a master.” 4 likes
“(Keitaro) también los observaba a ambos directamente, pero nunca vio nada que fuera más allá de una simple relación de primos. Sin embargo, en algún rincón de su mente predominaba su primera imagen de ellos dos como pareja. Para Keitaro, un hombre joven soltero y una mujer joven sin un brazo masculino al que aferrarse constituían una especie de deformidad, un desajuste respecto a la naturaleza misma. El vínculo que unía a Sunaga y a Chiyoko nacía de su propia percepción, de una exigencia moral de solucionar lo antes posible ese desajuste del estado natural de las cosas.” 0 likes
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