The Pillow-book of Sei Shōnagon

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Kessinger Publishing, Jan 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
14 Reviews
996 A.D., with later revisions. The translation of the diaries of a court lady in tenth-century Japan, it is a collection of anecdotes, memories of court and religious ceremonies, character sketches, lists of things the author enjoyed or loathed, places that interested her, diary entries, descriptions of nature, pilgrimages, conversations, poetry exchanges--indeed, almost everything that made up daily life for the upper classes in Japan during the Heian period.

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User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

I haven't finished this book yet, but have read a lot of it. I skip over some of the daily accounts in favor of the lists / observations / character sketches. I need to go back and fill in the blanks ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rift Vegan - Goodreads

This is the second time I've read this book. It's mostly a comfort read, altho Shonagon can be horrid. I keep remembering the story she tells of a peasant man who lost his home to a fire, the court ... Read full review

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Arthur Waley (1889-1966) is highly regarded for his many translations of Chinese & Japanese literature.

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