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Written centuries before the time of Shakespeare and Chaucer, The Tale of Genji marks the birth of the novel — and after more than a millennium, this seminal work about the life and loves of Prince Genji, master poet, dancer, musician and painter, continues to enchant readers throughout the world. This version by Kencho Suematsu was the first-ever translation in English. Condensed, it's a...
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Mind blowing. Amazing! Astonishing!! A story as old as time : )
Jan 5th, 2018
Jun 19th, 2015
It is amazing to think that this work was written a thousand years ago. It is a collection of short but connected stories of the interactions of men and women in courtly Japanese society. It shows a world where art, music and calligraphy are highly valued accomplishments for both men and women. But it also shows us a society where the social standing of women is very fragile and subject to the fancies of the men around them.
May 14th, 2015
Dec 12th, 2014
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