2016/05/25

BOOK REVIEW:
THOUSAND CRANES BY YASUNARI KAWABATA

Title: Thousand Cranes
Author: Yasunari Kawabata, Edward G. Seidensticker (translator)
Published: 1952
Language: English (translated from Japanese)
Pages: 112
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
A man has been invited to a tea ceremony by his dead fathers mistress and finds himself drawn into a destructive relationship with her rival.


Review:
This was quite an interesting book, and one I have given a lot of thought throughout as to what it all means.

I liked the theme of the main character inheriting his fathers life, while struggling to find a way to respect the past as well as embrace the future. This book was written in a time when Western influences truly reached the people of Japan and the main character struggles to bring that together with the world of his forefathers. Sexualitya and death are also a themes that I found quite intriguing.

The tea ceremony is the heart of the story, and it was fascinating to see all the different things it represented in the story.

The beauty of the writing lies in its simplicity. It didn't quite manage to move me though, but overall, this was an enjoyable read.

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