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Palm-of-the-Hand Stories by Yasunari Kawabata
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really liked it
bookshelves: japanese, literature, kawabata, books-i-own, short-stories

I read a number of Kawabata's novels—Snow Country, Beauty and Sadness, The Sound of the Mountain, and Thousand Cranes—while saving his collection of very short stories, known as Palm-of-the-Hand Stories (so small they can fit in the palm of your hand), for later. The stories are supposed to be where Kawabata truly finds his form, which, having read them at last, I find to be true.

Some of the stories were better and more memorable than others (The Jay, for example, is close to perfect). Yet the form of these stories—the way they are constructed, and what they can say with minimum words—is what is so particularly beautiful about them.
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Reading Progress

May 27, 2013 – Shelved
May 27, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
May 27, 2013 – Shelved as: japanese
May 27, 2013 – Shelved as: literature
March 6, 2018 – Shelved as: kawabata
October 6, 2019 – Shelved as: books-i-own
October 6, 2019 – Shelved as: short-stories
October 7, 2019 – Started Reading
October 20, 2019 – Finished Reading

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