Book :: The Tale of Genji

The Tale of Genji
By: Murasaki Shikibu
Pages: 1182
Published: 1022
Genre(s): Japan
Historical Fiction
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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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Amazing! Astonishing!! A story as old as time : ) I savored this--really took my time to enjoy the experience.

Jan 5th, 2018

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Jun 19th, 2015

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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

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