Thousand Cranes

Thousand Cranes An alternate cover of this ISBN can be found here Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata s Thousand Cranes is a luminous story of desire regret and the almost sensual nostalgia that binds the living t

An alternate cover of this ISBN can be found here.Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata s Thousand Cranes is a luminous story of desire, regret, and the almost sensual nostalgia that binds the living to the dead While attending a traditional tea ceremony in the aftermath of his parents deaths, Kikuji encounters his father s former mistress, Mrs Ota At first Kikuji isAn alternate cover of this ISBN can be found here.Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata s Thousand Cranes is a luminous story of desire, regret, and the almost sensual nostalgia that binds the living to the dead While attending a traditional tea ceremony in the aftermath of his parents deaths, Kikuji encounters his father s former mistress, Mrs Ota At first Kikuji is appalled by her indelicate nature, but it is not long before he succumbs to passion a passion with tragic and unforeseen consequences, not just for the two lovers, but also for Mrs Ota s daughter, to whom Kikuji s attachments soon extend Death, jealousy, and attraction convene around the delicate art of the tea ceremony, where every gesture is imbued with profound meaning.

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Thousand Cranes

  1. Yasunari Kawabata was a Japanese short story writer and novelist whose spare, lyrical, subtly shaded prose works won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, the first Japanese author to receive the award His works have enjoyed broad international appeal and are still widely read.Nobel Lecture 1968nobelprize nobel_prize

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  1. In my country, there is a generalized tendency to glorify the heritage left to us by our ancestors With the loss of God, children are regarded as the bearers of eternal life that infuse meaning into our perishable existence.But what about the sins of the parents Are they also bequeathed to their children in order to be atoned for Kawabata explores the ongoing dichotomy of love versus duty to our progenitors through the prism of the Japanese ancient traditions, mining the deceptively simple story [...]

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  3. The memory of that birthmark on Chikako s breast was concrete as a toad.The sins of the fathers is an old theme, found in the Bible, Euripides, Shakespeare, and countless other works It s used here too in this slim book of Kawabata s but this is probably the only time it is acted out using bits of pottery, cloth and tea True, the characters aren t exactly holding these items and making them talk There s a sparse background on which they have plenty of room to act on the imagination Kawabata is f [...]

  4. There used to be a time when the beauty of a single flower was enough to give a man pleasure, a time when a lone star in the dark expanse of the night gave delight to a wanderer gazing up above, a time when the exquisite beauty of a piece of pottery was enough to evoke the feeling of longing, when the graceful movements of a woman pouring tea stirred the heart Those times have passed Appreciation for the elegance found in the simple is now dulled by the seduction of the exciting, the novel, and [...]

  5. In this novel we follow the destiny of Kikuji Mitani, a well off thirty year old whose parents died today He does not really know what to do with his life, caught up in the wanderings of modernization at the work of Japanese society and nostalgia for ancient rites.Kikuji is forever marked by the image of horrific brown spots seen on the chest of Chikako Kurimoto, who was briefly one of the mistresses of his late father, who loved his rival Mrs Ota .Kikuji is attached to the ritual of the tea cer [...]

  6. A Thousand Cranes is a novella by Japanese Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata Unfortunately the book was not my taste, but I did glean much from this short book that many consider a gem The book follows Kikuji Mitani as he copes with the deaths of his parents He is left in the care of his meddlesome housekeeper who attempts to arrange his marriage, even though Kikuji is not interested in marriage at this point in his life Each meeting with a perspective bride occurs at a traditional tea ceremo [...]

  7. With emerald shades,Dance eternal cranes.In the pristine rains,A warm koicha shared.Upon poignant chests.Tranquil prayers kneltJust as Bola oteases my psyche, Kawabata plays with my rhythmic senses In his words I find songs of a wintry heart waiting for a prosperous spring I cannot refrain myself from scribbling lost thoughts in the shadows of Kawabata s characters Speaking of shadows what an enigmatic delusion The you walk into it the it grows a loyal companion who never departs your physical [...]

  8. Traditional Values Thousand Cranes is about the continuity of tradition and the conformity by individuals with traditional values.At the heart of the novel is the Japanese Tea Ceremony While tea has been drunk in Japan since the ninth century, it only became a part of a formal ceremony with religious significance around the 12th century.An elaborate set of equipment is used in the Tea Ceremony Often the equipment, such as drinking bowls, is artisan made and is kept in a family for periods as lon [...]

  9. 2.5 starsMy first venture into anything by Kawabata this novella centres on the tea ceremony Kikuji has lost his father and mother he is a young man and there is the question of his father s two mistresses and the possibility of whether he ought to marry There is a great deal of consideration, in an oblique way, of the importance of inheritance and the continuation of tradition The novel is set in the 1950s in a time of great change in Japan The prose is precise and describes well the sense of d [...]

  10. Thoughts before reading I have a burning question to ask after reading two Yasunari Kawabata s novels and on my way to read the third Is that just this Kawabata guy, or is it common for men in general to keep thinking about this perfect but unreal phantom of a beautiful woman whom they can t be with for one reason or another , even when they already had a solid but flawed wife or girlfriend they are flawed because all humans are flawed by their sides Any menfolk bothers to answer me Thoughts aft [...]

  11. What a curious and unusual book It is a very short read and there is a real senseof calm and peace reading it.It is really beautifully and simply written.But even though it is very calming and nice to read itis jam packed with symbolism and some really complex emotivestuff.I can t even begin to understand it all but I would gladlyread it again and again and each time I think I would understandthe symbolism and complexity of these characters relationships .It really is very captivating and unusua [...]

  12. I ve been reading most of the day Yesterday, too I ve been distracted, if not altogether impatient, and wanting need want an urgent yet unassuming emotional life in books All the reflection my brain can eat The situation was right thunderstorms and a day off and nothing I couldn t put off for another day It still felt wasteful Shouldn t I be doing something else with this luxury I was really waiting for my Kawabata books to arrive in the mail The mail doesn t come until around 4 30 p.m where I l [...]

  13. What happens when traditions start to fall apart when a new generation has let the old ways of their parents drop What was the value in those ways How can the value be retained when the tradition has been smashed The pieces cannot be put back together When we try, like Nietzsche, to philosophize with a hammer, we may be left with only shards and those shards can leave painful wounds There s a love story here but in the new world, the love must remain unrequited It becomes impossible and is also [...]

  14. .Does pain go away and leave no trace, then Is that impossible Are we seeing our reflections in our own hearts 96

  15. Thousand Cranes by Yasunari KawabataMy rating 4 of 5 starsYasunari Kawabata was the first Japanese author to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968 for his narrative mastery, which with great sensibility expresses the essence of the Japanese mind In awarding the prize, the Nobel Committee cited three of his novels, Snow Country, The Old Capital and this novel, Thousand Cranes In 1972 he joined the list of celebrated Japanese authors including Akutagawa, Dazai and Mishima to have comitted sui [...]

  16. Thousand Cranes offers a compelling study on the interplay of tatemae the public face that one puts on for propriety s sake and honne one s true feelings and desires , as well as on the present s constant struggle against the constraints of the past The novel is very much about the quiet tempests raging underneath the seemingly peaceful and polite surface of a propriety obsessed society The intricacies of the characters relationships are presented with the grace and extreme subtlety of tradition [...]

  17. Yasunari Kawabata adheres to some stoic code He employs the game of Go and tea ceremonies These are tacit traditional affairs They mask such terrible behavior Thousand Cranes depicts self possession under such threat This is a novel where tradition attempts to check waves of resentment, and it does to varying results The events begin in the wake of a man death His son finds himself at a tea ceremony with his father s two mistresses Thus begins a series of triangles and slights Seldom is a voice [...]

  18. I read this about 20 years ago saw a GR s friend about to read it now I wouldn t mind reading it again myself today hm recycle book store keeping eyes open

  19. Well, this feels like something of a classical masterpiece Thousand Cranes is almost the lovechild of Ernest Hemingway and post war Japan I feel like this book isn t for everyone it s a bit like green tea, some people find it too bitter, some people find it too strong.But Kawabata is something of a master, like I said There is no word in this novel that is not intentional, and so I found myself rereading a lot of the same passages over and over, examining each word, each slice of dialogue I real [...]

  20. There are times when you wonder what is in a certain author s mind as you read a book they have written This is the question that I kept asking myself throughout this book I understand that Thousand Cranes symbolises the decay of Japan in the post war world, but even with that understanding, I still didn t get much of what was going on.Kikuji is the protagonist and his sexual viewpoint towards all women he encounters is basically what the book is about He inherits his father s two mistresses, Ch [...]

  21. In a masterpiece there is nothing unclean An achingly simple story, unfolding in conversations that are tantilizingly suggestive of its character s histories.Each nuance, each action is laden with emotional weight Even the atmosphere, whenever described, serves to add to that mystical aura behind which the reader knows hide intentions, destinities, and fates.Kawabata s narrative can be best described as a floating, fleeting sort, which gives a feeling of sparseness and economy although it must b [...]

  22. Fine book but very strange, very japanese, austere to the point of the vanishing point a series of strange love affairs are reduced to identifications with three hundred year tea bowls fired in the kilns of 9th cen tea masters The underlying idea is quite fascinating, however The tea ceremony Seidensticker explains allows the drinker to sit briefly at the intersection of time and eternity, as he contemplates while he sips his tea, in his quiet rustic cottage the permanence of the cup and utensil [...]

  23. Esta a hist ria infeliz de Kikuji Kikuji herda do pai uma cole o valiosa de utens lios para a cerim nia do ch Estes objetos quando retirados do arm rio facilitam mem rias e trazem com eles as duas amantes do pai O escritor forja um violento emaranhado amoroso , que contado com muita conten o pelo que cabe ao leitor fazer uso da imagina o para preencher os espa os vazios da narrativaA escrita pict rica, detendo se nos gestos que s o de grande import ncia no ritual , nos contornos do corpo, nas co [...]

  24. Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life The Book of Tea by Kakuzo OkakuraThere is a man in the house He is trapped The walls that surround him are dripping with tainted memories the windows [...]

  25. Japon kult r ir japon autorius labai m gstu beigi daug tik jausi i ios knygos, seniai nor jau j perskaityt Nusivyliau smarkiai Viskas b t ok ir gra u, jei ne kvaila istorija, sugriaunanti vis magij Po 40 pirm puslapi knyg u ver iau, neketindama daugiau kankintis Po dviej dien atsiver iau i naujo, nes netik tai radau 1001 must read knyg s ra e Prisiver iau perskaityt iki galo, nuo ird iai tik damasi atrasti t wow Apart prab gomis aptikt sen japoni k tradicij arbatos g rimo ceremonija ir pan , wow [...]

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