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Rumah Perawan

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Yasunari Kawabata menyingkapkan rahasia kaum pria tua yang suka memanjakan nafsu jasmaniah sebagai pengenang kemanisan masa remaja. Melalui novel Rumah Perawan, Kawabata secara halus melambangkan asyik-masyuk kaum pria dengan perawan-perawan itu sebagai cumbuan terhadap ajal yang menanti di ambang pintu sejarah hidup.

Semula bercita-cita menjadi pelukis, Yasunari Kawabata
Paperback, 122 pages
Published July 25th 2016 by Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia (first published 1960)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Nemureru bijo = House of the Sleeping Beauties, Yasunari Kawabata
House of the Sleeping Beauties is a 1961 novella by the Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata. It is a story about a lonely man, Old Eguchi, who continuously visits the House of the Sleeping Beauties in hope of something more. The titular house is an establishment where old men pay to sleep besides young girls that had been narcotized and happen to be naked, the sleeping beauties. The old men are expected to take sleeping pills and
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan, short-stories
I value the books whose plot has managed to stay etched in my mind. Some of the novels I've read are pleasant, but they are soon forgotten. The ones that shape me and teach me are the most valued, of course; but I keep a special place for those that I remember. Kawabata's story is one of those. And incidentally, it talks about memory, among other things. It also speaks about the fear of death and the desire to prolong one's life through the elixir of youth; about regrets and unfulfilled desires ...more
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: にほん, yk
“The aged have death and the young have love, and death comes once, and love comes over and over again”.

To love is a game of a brave heart. To die; a desire of a sullen heart; a definite verb for the inevitable. Akin to the broken heart sitting by the sea, pleading the waves to carry it like a child; the loneliness of old age seeks the black sleet of death. The “ugliness of old age” that whispered in ‘The Sound of the Mountain’, roars in this book like the stormy waves Eguchi hears as he nestles
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've got mixed feeling about this book. The first story was okay, with some good messages that the author had to share about the fear of getting old and the way people experience their sexuality. Though, the base of this story was repeated tiringly too much, with the old man visiting the place with the sleeping girls too much for it to keep being interesting. Actually, in the end, the author didn't have anything new to add when the man was recalling old lovers or observing the girls' bodies. ...more
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013

I have stayed away from Kawabata until now, out of some misguided belief that he is too gloomy, too downbeat, even suicidal. I am glad to be proven wrong, and to add another literary master to my future reading plans. I started with this novella both because it is a teaser / sampler of his style and because the synopsis sounded like a good companion piece to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Memories of My Melancholy Whores .

The thematic is indeed similar: old men searching for the company of young
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: get real get right
Recommended to Mariel by: award giving peoples
I read House of the Sleeping Beauties with a knife in back. It freaking betrayed to me too much feelings. And... yeah!

I didn't read in order. The book jacket flap said: "The protagonist of Birds and Beasts prefers the company of his pet birds and dogs to people, yet for him all living beings are beautiful objects which, though they give him pleasure, he treats with casual cruelty." For me! Skip to story #3.

Birds and Beasts

Casual cruelty isn't precisely right. Playing god is more like it. They
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bitchin
Recently, I have found myself daydreaming about my past partners, specifically the most intimate moments; not for masturbatory purposes, nor because I long to go back and be with those girls, but because I find the openness, the opportunity that was afforded me in those moments, extraordinary. That someone would let me, would want me to caress their bare skin, or kiss their thigh, still stuns me. Then it occurs to me, while wandering through these pointless daydreams, that someday the skin I ...more
Ian "Marvin" Graye
No Comfort for Old Men
[A Pastiche]

Eguchi's youngest daughter went through a difficult time over the last six months. Two men, including one who was ten years older than her, had proposed marriage to her. She had originally preferred the younger one, until she told him about the older man, and he got jealous, and forced himself on her. He had raped her, to all intents and purposes. She told all of this to her mother (who passed it on to Eguchi).

The youngest daughter decided to move out of home
Anthony Vacca
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Besides having one of the more fun last names to say aloud, Kawabata was the premier Modernist scribbler of twentieth-century Japan. House of Sleeping Beauties is a quick and creepy riff on aging, dying and sex--three of the most universal themes our weak-willed species share regardless of time, location and language. This novella is framed within five increasingly troubling visits to a brothel of sorts that offers dirty old men the pleasure of spending a mostly chaste evening with very young ...more
190913: title story is weirdly beautiful, worth the rating by itself, mostly because it is a visually inspired meditation on favourite subject: woman in all women. not just beauty, but every aspect, every way, every effect, on the aged male narrator. reverse or multiply genders, or interested gender, might not work as well. for some reason, saw all of these works as film, preferably elaborated by David Lynch...
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan, stories
3.75 stars

Some months ago last year I came across its seemingly pricey hardcover at the DASA BookCafe in Bangkok and couldn't make up my mind to buy it due to its unfamiliar title by Kawabata. When I made a call a few days later, it's a bit disappointing to know that it was already reserved/sold via a call. So it's my delight to see it on the bookshelf in a large bookstore last month with its reasonable price. House of the Sleeping Beauties is the first story first published as "Nemureru bijo"
*'Other stories' discounted.

I wanted to enjoy this novel far more, I really did. It’s a rarity when I’m not overly impressed with a piece of Japanese fiction, but yes; it happened.

Expressed with fragility and reminiscent, I feel, of Robert Browning’s Porphyria’s Lover, The House of Sleeping Beauties seems to flow like a stream of still images taken directly from a camera; each with a harmonious sanctity about them, as if Kawabata has aligned a row of somewhat mental mannequins. Each ‘sleeping
Stephen P
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
(The first and title story of this small collection.)

The ethereal bonded with the objections. And yet…yet…

Young virginal women drugged into submissive sleep. Elderly impotent men visiting to sleep by them. Women objectified as passive helpless beings there for the gratification of men. Men objectified as maleness defined by sex.

Can the content of a work disable the reception, offhanded erase the esthetic accomplishments. Works that come to mind is Ahab and Moby Dick, Winkler’s Natura Morta, What
Kawabata's writing is superb - so lyrical and full of emotions. I have been avoiding reading this specific book, simply because the topic of some old man visiting a house of sleeping girls and spending his nights with them found me absolutely non-interested. I thought it would be a dull read, but boy was I wrong.

Whilst reading this, I couldn't help but smile at how inherently japanese the atmosphere created by Kawabata's masterful pen was. The themes of memories, the scenes of cherry blossoms
My review for The Old Capital by the same author:

Sleeping Beauties or House of the Sleeping Beauties by Yasunari Kawabata is not a pleasant book to read.

The story itself is simple enough, with only a handful of characters occupied the story: An old man was invited to a very private inn to spend a night with the 'sleeping beauties': young beautiful naked girls who had been drugged into heavy sleep. Old men were allowed to spend nights sleeping beside these
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: big-red-circle
I loved the pictures! Does everyone's edition have the great pictures?

Interesting from Persona: A Biography of Yukio Mishima:
"That fall (1962) Mishima edited a 'Kawabata reader' ... In the threesome talk he had with the author and Nakamura Mitsuo to be included in the project, he started by bringing up Kawabata's stories the writer himself was known to dislike '(Of) Birds and Beasts' and '(House of the) Sleeping Beauties', expressing his special fondness for them.
'(Of) Birds and Beasts' deals
This was a pleasant read, though quite melancholic. Surreal and not always clear, but still an interesting glimpse into Japanese literature.
Tatevik Najaryan
Attention! This review contains spoilers for The House Of Sleeping Beauties and Memories of My Melancholy Whores.

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Billy O'Callaghan
In this collection's title novella, an old man named Eguchi visits, on the recommendation of a friend, an exclusive brothel that accommodates a strange fetish: for those who have gone beyond the passions of manhood, the opportunity to sleep alongside a beautiful young virgin. Touching is permitted, but only within reason, but this is about illusion (or delusion) and a way for those approaching an end to relive again, in their minds and senses, the splendors of youth.
Deluged with flashbacks of
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, love
This is a strange story indeed. A man named Eguichi begins visiting a brothel to "sleep" with young prostitutes who are, in fact, already sleeping. Yasunari Kawabata—a Japanese writer who was so good that they had to give him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968—explores the twin specters of sexuality and death through this haunting tale of an old man coming to terms with loneliness in his twilight years. Kawabata's minimalist aesthetic is cutting ("It was the body of a woman that invited men ...more
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
House of the Sleeping beauties is a novella of astonishing beauty and delicacy. This volume contains two other very short stories which I did not read. But 'House' is as fine and perfect a work as is Snow Country.
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful short story that feels like you have just completed long novel. Something that really makes you think even after it has ended.
More taboo erotic sex stuff in the vein of what I've been reading lately. Same guy who wrote "The Lake." Do not put your finger in the mouth of the sleeping girl, the madame warns him. Hmmm.

Well this first tale is quite meticulous in setting the scene, puts a microscope on delicate actions and physical traits. The story, if you can call it that, is a strange one about a prostitution house that caters to impotent old men who pay to sleep and have their ways with young naked girls who've been
Toqa Medhat
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
re-rating to 5 stars because of the after thoughts on the book and how it seems like a very mental version of Charles Perrault's The Sleeping Beauty, I like the twist..
on the first one-third of the book I felt a bit weird and like the book would maximum get 2 stars, and then as I kept reading, the rating kept increasing..
overall, I really liked it and it was very different.

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J.M. Hushour
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I've something as profoundly unsettling and disturbing as "House". I shouldn't have been surprised. What couldn't go awry in a story of a lonely old man who goes to a weird lonely house to sleep naked next to beautiful young naked virgins? I shudder just to recall it.
The edition I read, an older one, had a neat little introduction by Mishima who called "House" constricting and nerve-wracking and he was right. It's a weird confluence of things that don't belong together:
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An old man visits a special kind of house to lie next to young virgins. It might seem like a plot for a cheap porn movie, but Kawabata masterfully manages to turn it into a beautifully-melancholic story. Thus, the house which Eguchi keeps visiting symbolizes a place which harbours the longings for his unfulfilled dreams and the long-forgotten days of youth. He is able to escape from the world and its inconveniences by admiring the girls' beauty which rekindles some of his old memories. Still, as ...more
This collection of 1 novella-length tale and 2 shorts, is my first Kawabata. As usual with works translated into English, I'm left unsure as to whether the versatility of Kawabata's prose is due to the translation itself or whether it is also present in the original Japanese (I suspect it is, however). I see it as a strength, rather than a weakness, that each story seems as though it were penned by a distinct author. I see more books by Kawabata in my future.

Of the 3 tales here, the final
Mar 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asia, short-stories
Didn't enjoy this, I kept imagining myself as those girls that he slept next to and felt up, not helped by Kawabata's love for repetition. The smell of milk when you are breast feeding, the texture of hair and skin, the curve of hips, length of legs, nipple size and colour of all the different girls(because they are cattle, stock). I felt claustrophobic and nauseated, a man who is old enough to be your grandfather testing your virginity, while you are comatose. This is the antithesis of ageing ...more
Jennie Rogers
3.5 maybe. My first Kawabata and perhaps I shouldn't have selected his later short stories as my first. I was too intrigued by House of the Sleeping Beauties to not read it right away though. The young, virginal girls sleeping next to old men who are aged emotionally and physically by time/events/relationships reminded me so much of Humbert Humbert & Lolita. An attraction to innocence, before corruption can touch them-- a longing to be near this and possess it for a night.

My favorites were
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is a really good story collection. Weird in Japanese way, but great. I was recently directed to Kawabata (the Nobel Prize in Literature 1968). These stories are written in perfect style and reminded me on Sebald. There are people that can make wonders with words. Kawabata is one of them.
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Yasunari Kawabata (川端 康成) was a Japanese short story writer and novelist whose spare, lyrical, subtly-shaded prose works won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, the first Japanese author to receive the award. His works have enjoyed broad international appeal and are still widely read today.

Nobel Lecture: 1968
“A poetess who had died young of cancer had said in one of her poems that for her, on sleepless nights, 'the night offers toads and black dogs and corpses of the drowned.” 38 likes
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