The Tale of Murasaki: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 13, 2002 - Fiction - 426 pages
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The Tale of Murasaki is an elegant and brilliantly authentic historical novel by the author of Geisha and the only Westerner ever to have become a geisha.

In the eleventh century Murasaki Shikibu wrote the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji, the most popular work in the history of Japanese literature. In The Tale of Murasaki, Liza Dalby has created a breathtaking fictionalized narrative of the life of this timeless poet–a lonely girl who becomes such a compelling storyteller that she is invited to regale the empress with her tales. The Tale of Murasaki is the story of an enchanting time and an exotic place. Whether writing about mystical rice fields in the rainy mountains or the politics and intrigue of the royal court, Dalby breathes astonishing life into ancient Japan.


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Dalby's prose is excellent, and the vocabulary lush. - Goodreads
The writing is a writer's dream come true. - Goodreads
I just think that the pacing and writing are off. - Goodreads
Maybe if there had been pictures..... - Goodreads

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User Review  - Ray - Goodreads

Murasaki is an imaginative venture into a time, place and culture far remote from our own. However, the issues the main character deals with are basic to the human condition. Yes, her culture frowned ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lindsey - Goodreads

It was interesting to see how much poetry was a part of the medieval Japanese culture. Little haiku/waka poems would be intertwined in daily conversations/activities. However, I admit I skimmed most of the poems near the end because they were everywhere! Read full review

Contents

Chifuru Cufuru I 3
27
Ruri Blue Like Lapis Lazuli Ruri 1 4
61
Vorm Minzu
76
A Travel Journal Tobi no kiroku
90
Bright Country lir1ggwok
107
The Snow the Moon Sersu gersu I I 7
124
Tales of China Kara llIonogarari
137
A Clear Day in Rainy Season Satsucibare
141
Pentup Waters Odae no 221vu
268
The Maidenflower in Bloom Ominaesii sacari
282
Gathering Cherry Blossoms Sakuragari
289
The Moorhen Tamlcu cuina
296
Birth of a Prince Atsulzira 3 I 0
310
Full of Moonlight Hicari saxzisou 3
326
Our Little Murasaki Ilvagamurasa1
339
Tlle Gosechi Dances Gosec11 no mai
350

Heart Piercing Autumn Kocorogucusn no aci I 54
166
The Thaw Toienziu I
205
Kerria Rose Unfaded Usuci 20 mo miu
221
Mottled Bamboo Karatare
232
Above the Clouds Kumo no uc
238
Out of Darkness Kurakr_yori
253
The Close of the Year Tor11 cureze
359
The Spider Sasagani 3 6 5
365
The Virgin Priestess Saiin
376
Uii Uji
398
Authors Note 4
421
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About the author (2002)

Author of Geisha and Kimono and the only Westerner ever to have become a geisha, Liza Dalby is a consultant for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film adaptation of Memoirs of a Geisha. She lives in Berkeley, California.


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