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  •  Cherry-pick all you want, (5+ / 0-)

    I'm still going to say that Japanese literature has connected and recurring themes.  I've lived here for a dozen years and am pretty familiar with who the Japanese are, what they read, and what they think.  There are thousands of authors and stories that never make it to the West, and oddballs like Mishima and Murakami (who typically make it to the West because their writing is atypical or lurid) or Lady Murakami (who made it for her very important place in world literary history) do not disprove the general rule.

    Odds and ends about life in Japan: 1971wolfie.wordpress.com

    by Hatrax on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 05:12:54 PM PST

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    •  d'oh. Murakami on the brain (6+ / 0-)

      I of course meant to say Lady Murasaki Shikibu, author of the Tale of Genji, not Lady Murakami, who is presumably a figment of my imagination.

      Odds and ends about life in Japan: 1971wolfie.wordpress.com

      by Hatrax on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 05:15:19 PM PST

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      •  I tried to read Genji (2+ / 0-)
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        YellowFroggyAttack, slowbutsure

        Twice.

        But the meandering plot, the main character's seemingly amoral behavior, and the lack of proper names in a cast of hundreds, make for heavy going.   Great peek inside the Heian court though, by a first hand observer.

        Let's see, the Emperor's wife is the daughter of the Minister of the Left, and .... oh my brain hurts.

        •  Genji (5+ / 0-)

          is beautifully written story.
          describing the beauty of Heian era.

          Since so many restriction and references in the Japanese poem. It would be difficult to appreciate in the different language.

          I appreciate for the beauty and all those poems,
          but as a story telling...

          and also Genji provide the obsession of Japanese men for
          marrying the woman who you raised and groomed for the purpose.

          doesn't appeal to me neither.

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