Beauty and Sadness

Beauty and Sadness Beauty and Sadness Japanese Utsukushisa to kanashimi to is a novel by Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata Opening on the train to Kyoto the narrative in characteristic Kawabata fashion subtly br

Beauty and Sadness Japanese Utsukushisa to kanashimi to is a 1964 novel by Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata.Opening on the train to Kyoto, the narrative, in characteristic Kawabata fashion, subtly brings up issues of tradition and modernity as it explores writer Oki Toshio s reunion with a young lover from his past, Otoko Ueno, who is now a famous artist and rBeauty and Sadness Japanese Utsukushisa to kanashimi to is a 1964 novel by Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata.Opening on the train to Kyoto, the narrative, in characteristic Kawabata fashion, subtly brings up issues of tradition and modernity as it explores writer Oki Toshio s reunion with a young lover from his past, Otoko Ueno, who is now a famous artist and recluse Ueno is now living with her proteg e and a jealous lover, Keiko Sakami, and the unfolding relationships between Oki, Otoko, and Keiko form the plot of the novel Keiko states several times that she will avenge Otoko for Oki s abandonment, and the story coalesces into a climactic ending.

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  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. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us Frank Kafka.Beauty and Sadness is much than a mere contrivance to attract potential readers, this magic narration, shrouded in magnificent contradiction, has the power to shock right from the beginning with the indwelling lyricism emanating from its title.Beauty and Sadness Opposing concepts fused and confused in a blur of balmy ocher and passionate red, in the inevitable passage of time and the timelessness of the frozen moment, in the uncond [...]

  2. This quiet, haunting novel puts an intriguing twist on the love triangle narrative.Oki Toshio is a well known middle aged writer When he was in his early 30s, he had an affair with an innocent teenager, Otoko, got her pregnant he was married at the time and essentially ruined her life He then dealt with the experience in a novel, which remains his most popular work Now he s curious about seeing Otoko again She s a famous yet reclusive artist, still beautiful, and living in Kyoto with her young f [...]

  3. Does a novel have to be pretty Can t a novel give account of sadness Could a novelist be like a painter or sculptor I suppose even a woman s hatred is a kind of loveWhat does it take to be a great author Does one have to condense complex ideas to form out prose which is high on acumen and demanding Could an author write so effortlessly as if he is making no attempt at all, as water falls down a hill and yet, he could strike you so profoundly that your heart weeps out You may find it amusing unti [...]

  4. Beauty and Sadnessis an understated, delicate story It begins with the sad memories of Oki Toshio, an eminent writer and then, gradually but fiercely, reveals how those long ago events have done damage to the lives of many All is revealed in an uncomplicated style, and without overt judgement from the author He lets the story speak for itself Oki longs for a meeting with Ueno Otoko now famous too, an artist the woman whose youth he ruined, and to whom the past echoes with obligations left undone [...]

  5. Utsukushisa to kanashimi to Beauty and Sadness, Yasunari KawabataBeauty and Sadness Japanese Utsukushisa to kanashimi to is a 1964 novel by Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata My own copy of this book Published January 30th 1996 by Vintage, Paperback, 206 pages 2016 1899 1972

  6. The acrylics are laid on a wooden table with monochromatic perfection A blank canvass waits to be explored Water droplets glisten as they leave the auburn bristles of the brush A flurry of horizontal strokes awakens the sordid paleness A dash of vertical Prussian blue collides with wavy ochre Vermillion over emerald Sienna peeping through the cobalt notes The brushes fall and fingers reign the dyed paper The fingers run wild, flooding the whiteness like an angry rainbow across the empty sky The [...]

  7. If we rid ourselves of every cultural artifact that blended love and hate together in equal measure, we would be be left with very little that is worth remembering Love without hate is optimistic and hate without love is depressing but to have both That is an accurate portrayal of ourselves, and after countless millennia we still crave the tales that delve unflinchingly into that bright and terrible line between the two But is it really a line What causes one to cross it, and for how long And do [...]

  8. Definitivamente Kawabata atrapa El segundo libro que leo de este autor y me ha gustado m s que el primero, Pa s de Nieve Kawabata es pura prosa po tica Te envuelve y te embriaga de tal forma que no puedes dejarlo hasta que has terminado Precisi n perfecta en el uso del lenguaje y dominio exquisito del ritmo de la narraci n Maestro en el arte de sugerir, Kawabata juega con la imaginaci n del lector para que sea sta la que complete los vac os que va dejando.Lo bello y lo triste es un an lisis impe [...]

  9. This is gonna get hypothetical because there are film versions of Beauty and Sadness Tristesse et beaut and Utsukushisa to kanashimi Somehow I haven t seen either one of these, not even when mass viewing Charlotte Rampling films in the early 00s nor when bingeing on Japanese cinema, also in the early 00s I ll rectify this in the future My movie watching has dropped off significantly in the last three years Maybe it s how I take on foriegn feelings as if they could be related to me I ve been lean [...]

  10. Escribir sobre literatura japonesa siempre me ha parecido un reto A pesar de que es mi tercer libro del autor, de alguna manera siento que escribir sobre historias japonesas me queda grande, porque nunca podr explicar realmente la experiencia de acercarse a esta maravillosa cultura y menos llegar a comprenderla en su totalidad Pero bueno, no se debe dejar de intentarlo as que voy de nuevo.Oki Toshio es un escritor ya entrado en los cincuenta a os y un d a decide viajar a Kyoto a pasar la velada [...]

  11. A Classical Kawabata s TaleWriting a comment for such a masterpiece is one of the hardest moments that I ve ever had From beginning to the end, Mr Kawabata reveals an incredible environment among individuals and pushes reader to contemplate to what extend obscurity and complexity can endure among people.The layers of novel psychologically sets very intense themes such as love, revenge, acceptance by society and manipulation with Mr.Kawabata s artistic intelligence.I really feel that before writi [...]

  12. I sometimes wonder how I manage to avoid living under a blanket of sadness myself Is the past not fuller than the future Does it pose of a threat to loneliness or is it the cause It s not permanent I m not willing to subject myself to that quite yet but I live mostly alone in the desert, a temporary hermit at twenty three I read Beauty and Sadness recently, and found myself constantly jumping between Kawabata s story and my own Oki, who is roughly thirty years older than I, and Otoko, who is th [...]

  13. Second Review 3.75 starsSome weeks ago I came across a review mentioning this novel by Kawabata so I decided to read it to recapture what, I think, I had missed from the first reading While reading the following nine chapters Temple Bells, Early Spring, The Festival of the Full Moon, A Rainy Sky, A Stone Garden, The Lotus in the Flames, Strands of Black Hair, Summer Losses, and The Lake, I thought it would deserve a 4 star rating but I changed my mind at the last chapter so the rating minus.25 d [...]

  14. Kawabata s Nobel Prize winning novel of love, sex, and revenge, memory, growing old, and obsession Her awareness of her body was inseparable from her memory of his embrace His work is deceptively simple, seemingly all touching on similar subject matter with a similar clean and clear, straight forward style that manage to capture a certain mood of longing in his protagonists and dislocation from their lives yet evocative of time and place and providing deep insight in to their souls.This one wave [...]

  15. I m not afraid of suicide The worst thing is being sick of life 53 I decided to expand my reading of Japanese writers beyond the small circle of favorites particularly Dazai and Mishima with Kawabata I ordered three of his works, and settled on Beauty and Sadness as a first encounter largely, admittedly, due to its intriguing and sublime title The story centers on a love affair between a fifteen year old girl Otoko and a married with child Taichiro thirty year old man Oki Oki later becomes a wri [...]

  16. A lettura ultimata ho un momento di sbatti ciglia piuttosto in riga con la mia sensibilit decisamente occidentale che cozza con quella giapponese si riconfermano gran parte delle sensazioni, perplessit divertita lo confesso davanti a certi modi di esprimere i propri sentimenti mordersi a vicenda quando si vuole infliggere del male al proprio partner per riscattarsi , certi modi di pensare e ancora certe ostinazioni che vanno fuori dai miei codici, principi e abitudini, e proprio perch non un cod [...]

  17. A bit of a shocker I remembered Snow Country as being about old people and snow This is crammed with sizzling lesbians There s beauty and sadness in spades, but he s also left lots of room for some very bad romance Steamy.I think I m right to say that this has my first Japanese fiction daytime outdoors sex scene This was obviously written by a man, and you probably don t want to read it if you are serious about your lesbianism.

  18. A bleak and beautiful and tragic novel, slowly unwinding and unraveling love, lust, beauty, and revenge Kawabata earns his Nobel many times over.

  19. Aunque el final es algo precipitado, la belleza del libro y las im genes que transmite son tan bonitas que vale la pena

  20. Another, my fourth, novel from Kawabata But this one is very different from the other three Beauty and Sadness is a novel of love and betrayal, vengeance and deceit Unlike the other books, the story moves steadily towards an end that is not always apparent Instead of one central character, Kawabata shifts the centre of attention over three characters In the other three books, Snow Country, Thousand Cranes and The Sound of the Mountain, much of the action was carried by description, by subtle shi [...]

  21. Beauty and Sadness tells of how people damage one another through greed, seduction, and even through art All of the characters in this look are manipulative to a certain degree, even our favorites One of the characters was so blatently irrational that I couldn t tell if Kawabata meant for her to be a farse It s the type of book that I appreciate after I ve read it and start thinking about it, rather than during I know in the future certain scenes or quotes will pop into my mind A defining chara [...]

  22. Shall we play dolphin I m really, really torn about this one I wanted to give up but the revenge plot kept me in Excuse the schizoid review but that s how it goes.Once again Kawabata creates an enchanting world with vivid descriptions and luscious prose If nothing else, Kyoto has got to be on my must visit list.But then there is the sordid plot view spoiler Middle aged married guy, Oki, violates an underage girl, Otoko, gets her pregnant, miscarries, tries to kill herself, his wife Fumiko also m [...]

  23. To me, with the every sense of the word, Beauty and Sadness has been a great reading experience and most of the time to my amazement, I have felt disappeared into the haunting and constantly evolving sentimentality of the characters Even if with the beginning of the novel it s implied to have two stable protagonists, called Otoko, the female and Oki, the male but twice her senior, the multiplication of the sturdy characters by the author creates magic in the course of the plot, since these two m [...]

  24. When I bought this book, second hand but new, I ignored the little alarms that warned me to keep my money in my pocket I had spent too much time looking for my usual dreck in my local used bookstore, and had made myself late books before life As I m in the process of leaving the store I see atop an in box near the cash register Beauty and Sadness I decided that the author being Japanese out weighed my caution against him being a Nobel prize winner I allowed my visual aesthetic to tumble me into [...]

  25. Zizek en su introducci n del libro Ideolog a un mapa de la cuesti n Establece como ciertos autores utilizan la palabra y como una categor a Categor a que sirve para expresar en primer lugar lo m s abstracto, y en segundo lugar como eso abstracto se concretiza, sus condiciones de existencia.En este libro, creo que podr a aplicarse la anterior categor a Qu es lo bello las pinturas de Otoko, su tragedia de amor con Oki, la belleza de Keiko, los paisajes por donde transitan los personajes Quiz s tod [...]

  26. This book is a masterpiece for its depiction of human emotions.mely, jealousy and possessivenessThe book revolves around three main characters Oki, Otoko and Keiko Oki a novelist is a married man with wife and kids He in his thirties had an affair with Otoko that did not end well, granted Otoko was fifteen at the time Otoko is in her thirties now She has gained some renown as a painter and is living with her student lover Keiko Oki s nostalgia driven trip to Otoko sets in motion the events that [...]

  27. My fourth Kawabata book, this and two others being novels and another a collection of short storiesI don t know if ruminations about the sea and stone gardens and cherry blossoms and fireflies or whatever make this story any less the lurid soap opera Nonetheless, it s all a framework for what Kawabata does best, about which I elaborate below.The story, in a nutshell, is told partly in retrospect and partly in the present A novelist in his 50s, Oki, recalls how at age 30 when he was newly married [...]

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