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Tale Of Genji, The

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Book Summary of Tale Of Genji, The

This is the prose masterpiece of the Heian era of the 10th and 11th centuries, which is recognized as a great period in Japanese literature. It is an account of the intricate, exquisite, highly ordered court culture which made such a masterpiece possible.

Details of Book: Tale Of Genji, The (BSID:13591)

Book Tale Of Genji, The
Author Murasaki Shikibu
ISBN 1857151089
ISBN-13 9781857151084, 978-1857151084
Binding Hardcover
Publisher Random House
Publishing Date 17/12/92
Number of Pages 1184
Language Japanese
Dimensions 8.15 x 5.28 x 2.13 inches
Weight 1080 grams

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David December 13, 2008 review from Goodreads

Arguably the first novel ever written (using a modern definition of novel), and at the very least the first novel written by a woman, this essential work traces the life of a prince in medieval (Heian) Japan. The novel is intensely psychological and manages to very consistently portray the lives...

bup April 29, 2008 review from Goodreads

Turns out "Genji"'s not the little dog. Huh.I guess the big lesson here is that it really matters what translation you get of a thousand-year-old Japanese novel. The one published by Tuttle Classics, translated by Kencho Suematsu, is terrible. At first, I figured, hey, thousand-year-old Japanese....

Smenkhare April 15, 2009 review from Goodreads

i hate this book only a little less than i hate 'twilight'. the historical and literary significances are really impressive (it was the first novel written - and by a woman, for that matter), and it's the source of pretty much everything we currently know about heian court life, but genji is the...

Ann December 08, 2008 review from Goodreads

I'm not sure if this is the translation I have (would have to root through the shelves) but the book itself is a wonder. It's a whole planet, so far away and yet full of breath and blood perceivable even at this palpable distance. What a passionate intelligence Murasaki had, and what discipline t...

Amanda March 18, 2012 review from Goodreads

This novel is a challenge on many levels. The biggest challenge of all is not resenting (or even despising) Genji himself. It is best read in conjunction with "The World of the Shining Prince" by Ivan Morris to understand the environment(1,000 years ago at the end of the Heian Period). Also read...


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