The Tale of Genji

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 6, 2013 - Fiction - 384 pages
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In the eleventh century Murasaki Shikibu, a lady in the Heian court of Japan, wrote the world's first novel. But The Tale of Genji is no mere artifact. It is, rather, a lively and astonishingly nuanced portrait of a refined society where every dalliance is an act of political consequence, a play of characters whose inner lives are as rich and changeable as those imagined by Proust. Chief of these is "the shining Genji," the son of the emperor and a man whose passionate impulses create great turmoil in his world and very nearly destroy him. This edition, recognized as the finest version in English, contains a dozen chapters from early in the book, carefully chosen by the translator, Edward G. Seidensticker, with an introduction explaining the selection. It is illustrated throughout with woodcuts from a seventeenth-century edition.
 

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Stopped. Page 400 of 1120. Might resume later. My God, I can't take it anymore. Shining Genji this, pretty Genji that. Everything is always pretty and everybody always cries because things are so ... Read full review

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User Review  - missizicks - LibraryThing

It took a while to read, but it was worth the effort! An interesting insight into the Imperial court and society in Heian era Japan. I'm not sure I'd have enjoyed being a woman in that time and place! Read full review

Contents

PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS I
1
The Paulownia Court
3
Evening Faces
28
Lavender
65
An Autumn Excursion Io 7
107
The Festival of the Cherry Blossoms
134
Heartvine
146
The Sacred Tree
186
The Orange Blossoms
231
Surma
236
Akashi
279
Channel Buoys
316
A Picture Contest
345
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Murasaki Shikibu, a lady in the Heian court of Japan, is best known as the author of The Tale of Genjiwritten in the eleventh century and universally recognized as the greatest masterpiece of Japanese prose narrative and possibly the earliest true novel in the history of the world.

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