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Blue Bamboo by Osamu Dazai
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Apr 28, 2009

Read in May, 2009

Different for Dazai, at least compared to what else I've read by him at this time (just 'The Setting Sun'). He is not usually so cheerful. My favorite tale here is "The Chrysanthemum Spirit", which tells the story of a passionate chrysanthemum gardener and his envious, fairweather friendship and benefaction of a younger man who, incidentally, is a cultivator of far more beautiful chrysanthemums than he's ever grown.

The title story is a very sweet (not insipid!) look at taking life for granted.
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