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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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