Ravine, and Other Stories

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Stone Bridge Press, 1997 - Fiction - 142 pages
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The four works in this collection are dreamlike evocations of the inner lives of ordinary people. In the title story, two middle-aged friends go for a mountain hike and spend the night in a secluded ravine, where an eerie visitor and mystical forest sounds prompt reveries of lost chances and friendship. In "Grief Field" a dying man shares his pain in a near-hallucinatory interlude with his caring mistress. "The Bellwether, " filled with animal imagery, is an ominous portrayal of Japanese urban humanity--a herd on the verge of stampede. In "On Nakayama Hill, " a woman escaping a traumatic experience befriends an old man, who asks a strange favor that may bring them both a bit of happiness. In resonant, incantatory prose, these stories portray a world of sounds, sensations, and portents--all seething beneath the plain veneer of Japanese life.

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User Review  - Sae-chan - Goodreads

I'm sure these are very fine stories, but I just couldn't bring myself to read them all. The first two that I read are dealing with death, which is my favorite thing in life. I planned to re-read them ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tara - Goodreads

I started reading this glorious book, but I had to pass it on before I had a chance to break the halfway mark. Intimately detailed, you feel the forest, the man, the life. It was indeed beautiful. Of ... Read full review

About the author (1997)

Sei Shonagon (c. 966a1017) was a gentlewoman in the court of Empress Teishi in what is now Kyoto, Japan.
Meredith McKinney lived and taught in Japan for twenty years and now teaches in the Japan Centre at the Australian National University.

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