Ravine, and Other Stories
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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Review: Ravine and Other StoriesUser 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
Review: Ravine and Other StoriesUser 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