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The Hunting Gun

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,363 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
"The Hunting Gun, set in the period immediately after the Second World War, is the story of a tragic love affair and its psychological impact - not only on the lovers themselves but on all those close to them. The narrative is related from three points of view: Saiko, the guilt-ridden mistress; Shoko, her pathetic, disillusioned daughter; and Midori, the sophisticated but ...more
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Peter Owen Publishers (first published 1949)
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orsodimondo
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giappone
DETTO NON DETTO
Frusci di vesti femminili, di porte leggere, di piedi senza scarpe che scivolano rapidi su pavimenti di legno.
Il fuoco e il gelo, il ghiaccio e l’incendio.

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Scrittura chiara, scorrevole, nitida, di grande eleganza, che sembra semplice, eppure capace di scandagliare nelle profondità dell’animo umano, sia maschile che femminile.
La vita è un mistero che la scrittura tenta di svelare spingendosi oltre l’apparenza.
Ma raggiunge lo scopo? Non si rafforza forse il mistero della vita col m
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Mariel
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the eye of the tiger
Recommended to Mariel by: cat's paw
I don't know how to read. I'm going to sign up for hooked on phonics after I write this review. My mind was in the gutter like I lost to Jesus Quintana and his purple balls in a bowling match (we have dates on wednesdays and saturdays now). My first reading today (I'm not a freak! This story is only 74 pages) the relationship was between a son and his mother. In my defense, kind jury (I really like those shoes! They match your understanding eyes), extramarital affairs aren't that shocking, are t ...more
Io?
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, japanese
Ci sono libri che leggo rapito
Ci sono libri che leggo annoiato
E ci sono libri, come questo, che mi leggono.
E mi lasciano dentro
una voglia di pioggia.
Ginny_1807
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ginny_1807 by: Azzurrina
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Vale
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Misugi è il Freischütz
Questo romanzo breve mi ha ricordato sia come struttura sia come atmosfere l'ouverture dell'opera Der Freischütz, Il franco cacciatore, di Carl Maria von Weber. È il corno, da sempre associato alla caccia e alla natura, ad aprire l'opera di Weber e il suo crescendo crea un senso di fusione con la natura misteriosa di boschi e fiumi.
Così il cacciatore, come figura solitaria e di impenetrabile comprensione, apre il romanzo di Yasushi. Lo scrittore racconta di aver pubblicato
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Frabe
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dopo il titolo fuorviante,
il racconto è affascinante:
la scrittura lieve lieve…
sembra panna, sembra neve…
Arwen56
Romanzo che inizia in sordina e va poco a poco dipanando, in un continuo crescendo, un intreccio sottile di solitudini, di offese e di verità negate, che finisce per chiudersi, come un cerchio perfetto, da dove era partito. Il tutto all’interno di un’architettura narrativa che è estremamente elegante, sobria e, talvolta, molto delicata.

Mi è piaciuto parecchio e, forse avrei anche potuto arrivare alle quattro stellette. Ma debbo lamentare una certa “freddezza” di fondo. Non so come dire … è come
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Grazia
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una poesia in cui si riconosce un uomo.
Tre lettere indirizzate a quest'uomo da parte di tre donne che sono in relazione tra loro.
Grande tensione narrativa in pochissime pagine.
Parole chiave: "Amore, colpa e morte"
Amletico dilemma: "Amare o essere amati" (Sembra che l'autore perori la tesi dell'impossibilità della coesistenza).
Tre diversi abbandoni.
Proprio bravo Yasushi Inoue!
Proprio vero che non servono tante parole per essere efficaci.
Quattro stelle abbondanti.
Jim
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This early novelette by Yasushi Inoue was published shortly after the conclusion of the Second World War. It tells the tale of the shattering effect on three lives of an adulterous affair that runs for more than ten years. The Hunting Gun is published by Pushkin Press in an attractive, small pocket sized format that makes for a fast read.

The book consists mostly of a framing story and three letters, first by the daughter Shoko; the second by Aunt Misugi, the legitimate wife of the adulterer Misu
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S©aP
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romanzo sorprendente. Breve ma completo. Delicato, drammatico, a tratti crudele, gonfio di silenzi e significati esplosivi.
Soave l'energia con cui viene offerto un caleidoscopio sull'amore femminile.
Lascia con l'incompiutezza perfetta per meditare.
O rileggere, in accordo con gli stati dell'animo.
Solistas
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Οι εμπειρίες μου με την ιαπωνική λογοτεχνία ειναι περιορισμένες στον Μουρακάμι (ο οποίος ειναι βαθιά δυτικός) κ στον Καβαμπατα που διάβαζα συνέχεια πριν απο 2 δεκαετίες αλλα δεν θυμάμαι κ πολλά

Το ντεμπούτο του Ινοουε ειναι ενα έντονα συγκινησιακό κείμενο, αν κ σύντομο,κ οι 4 χαρακτηρες του ειναι αληθινά συμπαθείς κ με το δικό τους τροπο βασανισμένοι. Μπορεί το θέμα να έχει εξερευνηθεί εκτενώς στην λογοτεχνία, αλλα οι ήρωες ειναι τοσο ανθρώπινοι που ειναι σχεδόν δίπλα σου και τίποτα άλλο δεν έχει
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Johnny(My Realm Of Books)
Αρκετα ιδιορρυθμο βιβλιο! Αρκετα μακρια απο τις δικες μας δυτικες αξιες. Σε ξενιζει αρκετα η πολιτισμικη διαφορα αναμεσα στην Ευρωπη και την Ασια .Παντως το προτεινω σε οσους θελουν να εισαχθουν στην Ιαπωνικη λογοτεχνία.
Bill Johnston
Jul 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan
This is one of Inoue's first works, one of those that won him the Akutagawa prize and rocketed him to fame. Though less than perfectly done (who has ever done a perfect first novel?), it has a depth that shines through in the first couple of chapters, and peters out by the end.

The story isn't about A Hunting Gun, really, despite the title. The opening is written by a poet who writes a poem called The Hunting Gun, and the man who responds to him in writing because he recognizes himself in the poe
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David
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: big-red-circle
Nothing like "Tun Huang", which has to be good.

But rather strange.

There's nobody to love here ... although I liked the ballsy wife ... it's just three letters offering three perspectives on relationships with one man and asking questions about what we can ever really know about each other. Answer: very little.
umberto
Nov 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, japan
A 3.5-star book.
Bought at Kitazawa Bookstore in Jinbosho (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJq3O...) during our Tokyo visit there last November, this hardcover has since unbelievably mystified me due to its complex plot so I thought I would leave it at that, in other words, till I could have any idea worth writing my review to share with my Goodreads friends in Japan and the world. Indeed, it is one of the two highly-acclaimed novels by Yasushi Inoue, the other being ‘The Bull Fight’, awarded by
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Devi
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ich habe das Buch heute im Laden gesehen und nur gekauft, weil da "Sonderpreis" dran stand ... und ich danke für dieses Quengelschild. Dieses Buch hat mich umgehauen, weil es so leise und still daher kommt ... aber es eigentlich nicht ist. Auf weniger als 100 Seiten wird die Geschichte eines Mannes und den Beziehungen zu den Damen in seinen Leben erzählt. Tragisch mit Ende.
Leka
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giappone, p
Avevo bisogno di qualcosa di piccolo da infilare nella borsa per un viaggio in treno. Aspettava da un po' di essere scartato questo regalo e ho pensato fosse arrivato il momento.
Solo che una storia così coinvolgente, esistenziale e lancinante non la si può leggere impunemente in mezzo alla gente sconosciuta di una carrozza ferroviaria! Meno male che il freddo e il vento, che mi hanno allegramente sferzato sui binari in attesa delle coincidenze, hanno fatto la loro parte arrossandomi le guance e
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Book Riot Community
This short, Japanese novella is the story of an affair told through three letters penned by the three women involved – the mistress, her daughter and the betrayed wife. Inoue uses an interesting (if artificial feeling) framing device. He opens the book in the first person, explaining how a poem he composed about a solitary hunter, once glimpsed on a path leading into the woods, came to be published in a friend’s hunting magazine. After its publication he is sent the three letters, collected here ...more
Dioni (Bookie Mee)
Mee's rating: 4.5/5

First published at: http://www.meexia.com/bookie/2017/01/...

This is the first book I finished after a couple of months of reading slump. And it was just the right book. It's short and compelling, and the Pushkin edition is just beautiful to hold and read.

It's not a perfect book, and for me the ending peters out a little. But there are a lot of things to like. I find the story framing fascinating in particular. The story starts from a poet, who is sent letter by a reader of the
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Aprile
Dec 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Così è stato, se vi pare
Non il tema dell'amore illecito, neppure il tema dell'amore coniugale e filiale tradito, e neppure la lieve penna di Yasushi Inoue o Inoue Yasushi, o la particolare struttura di questo breve romanzo mi hanno colpito come quanto la sensibilità e l'interesse dell'autore nel trattare il tema della dicotomia tra ciò che si ritiene siano o pensino o sappiano gli altri e ciò che sono, pensano e sanno, e lo sbigottimento che consegue alla rivelazione (quando avviene) dello stato
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Ana Rînceanu
Simt pentru această carte o afecţiune specială din simplul motiv că este una dintre puţinele cărţi pe care le-am citit şi la 16 ani şi la 24 cu un aceeaşi admiraţie. Pentru melancholia poetică cau care scrie, pentru claritatea cu care îşi prezintă personajele fără să le judece, pentru că descrie singurătatea pe care o simţim chiar şi in dragoste. Dacă ar fi să vă dau un mic sfat: închideţi-vă telefonul mobil şi intraţi într-o cameră liniştită. Aşa vă veţi putea cufunda într-o poveste japoneză ap ...more
arcobaleno
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tre lettere di tre donne allo stesso uomo.
Amore, tristezza, solitudine...

Lo sapevi, zio, che oltre a quella trentina di tinte che si trovano di solito nelle scatole di colori, il rosso, il blu, eccetera, esiste il colore della tristezza, un colore che le persone possono vedere chiaramente?

(Grazie all'appassionato commento di Ginny, cui rimando!)
Jackie
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written but I found the correspondence from the three women irritated me. I just couldn't identify with them and found them pale imitations of real people.
Hoda Marmar
شيء ما يسحرني في اﻷدب الشرق آسيوي. أهي بساطة وعمق المشاعر واﻷماكن واﻷمور اليومية والعادات؟ أم هو أسلوب السرد اللذيذ؟
Bogdan Raț
Un poem apărut în ultimul număr al buletinului Prietenul vânătorului este ca răsunetul unei puști de vânătoare în noapte: vălul unei liniști aparente este spulberat pentru a scoate la iveală frământările și suferințele ținute în secret vreme de treisprezece ani de trei (sau patru) persoane.
Trei scrisori primite de poet chiar de la personajul care s-a regăsit în poem îi revelă celui dintâi însingurarea care a presimțit-o în cel din urmă, atunci când l-a surprins înaintând încet prin zăpadă cu pu
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Audrey Martel
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je suis peu familière avec la littérature japonaise, mais ce court texte, formé de trois lettres me semble être un bon début pour entrer dans le riche univers japonais.

Aimer ou être aimé ? C'est de façon élégante que l'auteur se penche sur les tourments de l'amour et les conséquences de ce choix, qui, selon un de ses personnages, est le choix que nous devons tous faire. Aimer ou être aimé.
Ikra Amesta
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Josuke menikahi Midori namun dalam 13 tahun terakhir ia berselingkuh dengan saudari sepupu istrinya, Saiko, yang punya putri semata wayang bernama Shoko. “Mari jadi pendosa besar sekalian. Dan selama kita hidup, bukan hanya Midori yang kita perdayai, tapi semua orang,” bunyi deklarasi hubungan gelap itu. Namun Midori dan Shoko ternyata mengendus perselingkuhan itu, dan semuanya mengungkapkan diri secara terus terang sekaligus menyakitkan kepada Josuke setelah Saiko mati bunuh diri.

Novella ini be
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Veronika KaoruSaionji
This short story has complicated storyline, male narrator, other man - main hero, then letter of the three women from his life, but never mind, it is O.K.
But the letters! They are so hysterical, pathetic and silly... These are not women, but fairies, hags or aliens. :o) The first of them is twenty, but I thought at first about her that she is about ten! She has childish behaviour, but with some strange and certainly not female erotica (also, she is virginal "lolita" for male dreaming). Her moth
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Brian
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009, asian
This was a beautiful little book that took me by surprise. It is poetry in prose form... touching and sad.

A man is seen walking up a mountain with a pipe in his mouth and a gun strapped across his back. He is seen by the narrator as the personification of loneliness and writes a short poem about him that's published in a hunting magazine. The man recognizes himself in the poem and mails the narrator 3 letters to explain his cloak of emptiness and possibly share his burdens... and the story begin
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Shawn Mooney
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
I don't make much time for novellas, so I'm certainly glad I gave this one a try. Remind me to reevaluate my dismissiveness about the form.

After noticing and being--figuratively--struck by an unknown hunter in the bush one day, a poet writes a poem about him. Later, he receives a letter from that hunter, who'd recognized himself in the published poem. Even more strangely, the hunter takes it upon himself to enclose three deeply personal letters he has received. These three letters form the narra
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Yasushi Inoue (井上靖) was a Japanese writer whose range of genres included poetry, essays, short fiction, and novels.

Inoue is famous for his serious historical fiction of ancient Japan and the Asian continent, including Wind and Waves, Tun-huang, and Confucius, but his work also included semi-autobiographical novels and short fiction of great humor, pathos, and wisdom like Shirobamba and Asunaro Mo
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