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The Tale of Genji
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read in November, 2014
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Stephen Stephen said: " La poésie veut quelque chose d'énorme de barbare et de sauvage.
(Poetry craves something enormous, barbarous and wild).

I would much rather meet Murasaki than I would the quirky and observant Sei Shonagon or the sexually charged, emotionally vo
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"When she thought that all these people were before her for the last time, she raised herself with an effort and looked fixedly at each one. And the ladies she carried on a rivalry. Sometimes, over the concerts and sports, there had even been, underneath the show of good manners, some jealousy and bitterness. Yet she loved them all; and now they stayed behind while she, all alone, set out for a world she didn't know." Aug 30, 2014 03:57AM


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