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Snow Country
Snow Country | Yasunari Kawabata
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Crimson613
Snow Country | Yasunari Kawabata
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Remember that essay I said I was going to write about one of my #japaneseliterature reads? Well, I wrote it about Snow Country since I didn't get far into 1Q84! Spoilers since it's an analysis post #love

Read: https://readatnight00.wordpress.com/2019/11/26/owls-why-bother-walking-towards-f...

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Crimson613
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Not sure why I didn't finish this one the first time I tried reading it or why I thought it was boring. Maybe it's because I wasn't actively reading it. This time, as much as my #romance frozen heart dislikes giving praise, Snow Country tells a beautifully poignant story of unrequited love between a hot spring geisha and one of the Tokyo patrons. Recommended #japaneseliterature #literary

#24B4Monday #readathon @jb72 @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

TheReadingMermaid Doing good 👍 2mo
jb72 Great job! I‘m not a romance reader. 🎉 2mo
Andrew65 This can happen to me too. One time struggle to get into it, another time just love it. 2mo
Andrew65 A great time so far. 👏👏👏 2mo
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Crimson613
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There's so much death in this book and it's very sad. I feel for Komako, but I also would like to know how Shimamura feels. He's very closed off with his feelings even though we see everything through his eyes #symbolism #japaneseliterature #romance

@jb72 @TheReadingMermaid @andrew65 #24B4Monday #readathon

Andrew65 Sounds heavy. 2mo
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Crimson613
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This flowery language and #symbolism were never really my forte but I think I've gotten better, still...I can't tell if that "mountain" that "seduced" him, which he then promptly "roughly climbed" is an actual mountain or a woman... #japaneseliterature #romance

@jb72 @TheReadingMermaid @andrew65 #24B4Monday #readathon

jb72 Yeah symbolism was lost on me at times. 2mo
Crimson613 @jb72 teachers love them and I'm just here like how what the heck what magic must i learn to see them too 2mo
Andrew65 😂 2mo
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Crimson613
Snow Country | Yasunari Kawabata
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He decided to come check out what I was up to #24B4Monday #readathon 😊 This is the second time I'm attempting to read this book. It was recommended to me by my friend months back but it was kind of boring. Now that I'm reading it...Shimamura is a creep and I have an idea of how to twist the failure prompt #japaneseliterature #romance

@jb72 @TheReadingMermaid @andrew65

TheReadingMermaid You can do the sweetheart! Show that book who's boss!! 💪 2mo
jb72 He is so cute! Thanks for joining us! 2mo
Crimson613 @jb72 don't tell the others but he's my favorite xD and np, I always need an incentive to read and these are fun 😍 2mo
Andrew65 Good luck 👍😊 2mo
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eatyourvegetables
Snow Country | Yasunari Kawabata
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Shimamura loves reading about Western ballet. Emphasis on reading. Although he has the means, he would never watch a ballet in Japan because he'd rather live in fantasy than know the truth. No wonder he retreats into 'the floating world' of two geisha, never cares for his wife or family, & longs for beauty but never faces reality.
A novel I discovered by accident, and glad to have done so. Recommend its beautiful prose, among many things.

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shawnmooney
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A meek married man cares about no one, just the moon, snow, and maybe moths. And supposedly but dilettanteishly, ballet. Yet he does his best to inflict his grey, dull self on a ditzy drunkard hooker and one other woman at a winter resort. How they stayed awake in his leaden, obnoxious presence, I‘ll never know. I barely could.

BookishMarginalia I‘ve never been able to enjoy Kawabata... 13mo
Abailliekaras I liked this because of its subtlety & setting, but didn‘t love it. 😬 13mo
saresmoore What a fabulous review! 13mo
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LeahBergen 😂😂😂 Oh my God. I love your “pan” reviews. 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm Oh, dear, your review! 😂 Agree with @LeahBergen ...I ‘enjoy‘ reading your ‘pan‘ and ‘bailed‘ reviews. 13mo
Reggie Dang it, I have this one coming in the mail!!!!😩 13mo
Anna40 Haha! Great review! I didn't really understand this book but thought it was beautifully written ... 13mo
MrBook Great review! 12mo
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Faibka
Snow Country | Yasunari Kawabata
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“It was a stern night landscape. The sound of the freezing of snow over the land seemed to roar deep into the earth.”

Photo is from earlier today, first snow of winter! Sadly it all melted away already.

#catsoflitsy
#petsoflitsy

Reviewsbylola Your cat doesn‘t look too impressed. 😂 13mo
Faibka @Reviewsbylola lol! He sure wasn‘t, he was like “screw this” and immediately went back inside 😂 13mo
Dragon 😻 13mo
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sisilia
Snow Country | Yasunari Kawabata
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I love the story, but the translation is too wonky for me to love this book whole-heartedly. Kawabata‘s works are meant to be poetic, and this translation didn‘t reflect that 😫 What a shame!

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sisilia
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Still intrigued by Kawabata

ReadZenRites Lovely photo 😊💕 2y
Cathythoughts Beautiful pic ❤️ 2y
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maidez_taider
Snow Country | Yasunari Kawabata
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Mehso-so

Slow moving, quiet like a snow muffled landscape.

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LukkiAnn
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Mehso-so

I do not think it is a really good translation. I have a feeling that something is missing. It is a story about relationship between a geisha and her client where nothing happened (usual thing in Japanese novel),but there is another girl in this story who appears couple time,but her feelings and influence to characters are big mystery.

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Abailliekaras
Snow Country | Yasunari Kawabata
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A spare, graceful story set in the #mountains of Japan. #noteworthynovember

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Abailliekaras
Snow Country | Yasunari Kawabata
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A beautiful, subtle book. Too oblique for me, I would appreciate it more reading quietly on a train going through Japan's snow country (instead of Shimoda with 2 young children 😬). Little plot w an unsympathetic protagonist, & his lover, a tragic figure. Nuanced writing, thoughtful & humane.

JenP Pretty cover 3y
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HijackMe
Snow Country | Yasunari Kawabata
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#seasonsreadings2016 #bookishgifts I got some great books. 😍 The paperback (Anthology of works by Yasunari Kawabata) is from a friend, the best of 2016 cartoons is from my father, and the bundle of books is from my bf including: A French novella, Norwegian fairytales, the correspondence between Rilke and Hugo von Hofmannsthal and my first novel by Halldor Laxness. He first wanted me to choose a book for him to gift me but I slightly pulled out a

HijackMe few titles and told him to choose from that. I prefer being surprised and surprised I was, since I never expected more than one title. Amazing ☺️ 3y
Faibka Nice! Yasunari Kawabata 💕 3y
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LeahsBookNest
Snow Country | Yasunari Kawabata
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Unpopular opinion but I did not like this book at all! Did something get lost in translation? I couldn't continue reading about the landscape lol. #threwitacrosstheroom #photoadaynov16

ReadThisBookYall I too have a #threwitacrosstheroom book that everyone else loved that had excruciating landscape descriptions: If I had to read about one more droplet on one more leaf... 3y
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sofiaga
Snow Country | Yasunari Kawabata
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Macaroons and Kawabata before yoga class.

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sofiaga
Snow Country | Yasunari Kawabata
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A storm is coming, giving me the perfect excuse to start my First Kawabata ever.

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KateTheBookworm
Snow Country | Yasunari Kawabata
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Thanks to the #GetBooked podcast for answering my recommendation request this week! I can't wait to get started on my "Beyond Murakami" quest for Japanese lit. You guys rock @bookriot ?

Notafraidofwords I submitted a questions like a month and a half ago and never got anything 😕 4y
KateTheBookworm @Notafraidofwords I'm sure it takes them a while to get through all the questions. And in the mean time, you have Litsy! 😊 4y
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shawnmooney
Snow Country | Yasunari Kawabata
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I know little about the author, just enough to know I'd better check out his stuff someday. But how about this photo of Kawabata san, which Twitter just tweeted my way?

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readtheworld
Snow Country | Yasunari Kawabata
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A short, charming classic about the doomed love affair between a Tokyo businessman and a geisha from a mountain resort town.

shawnmooney I just posted a fabulous photo of Kawabata san, in case you were interested. :) 4y
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Slamo
Snow Country | Yasunari Kawabata
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Beautifully understated.

shawnmooney I just posted a fabulous photo of Kawabata san, in case you were interested. :) 4y
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Slamo
Snow Country | Yasunari Kawabata

It was all completely natural, as if the two of them, quite insensitive to space, meant to go on forever, farther and farther into the distance.