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The Tale of Genji
The Tale of Genji | Murasaki Shikibu
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The original novela classic of Japanese and world literature and a stunningly beautiful story Written in the eleventh century, this exquisite portrait of courtly life in medieval Japan is widely celebrated as the worlds first novel. Genji, the Shining Prince, is the son of an emperor. He is a passionate character whose tempestuous nature, family circumstances, love affairs, alliances, and shifting political fortunes form the core of this magnificent epic. Royall Tylers superior translation is detailed, poetic, and superbly true to the Japanese original while allowing the modern reader to appreciate it as a contemporary treasure. Supplemented with detailed notes, glossaries, character lists, and chronologies to help the reader navigate the multigenerational narrative, this comprehensive edition presents this ancient tale in the grand style that it deserves. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition features French flaps and deckle-edged paper.
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Tonton
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Japanese imperial enthronement ceremony live right now. October 22, 2019

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brilliantglow
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That's a pretty cool find! I wonder if they'll add this new found chapter to new editions

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Especially those of you who joined @Lindy in the buddy read earlier this year, look at this!

”Now, a fifth chapter has been discovered. Depicting Genji‘s relationship with a woman that would eventually become his wife, the fifth chapter was found among the heirlooms of the home of Motofuyu Okochi, a descendant of a formal feudal lord.”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/09/national/history/missing-part-tale-...

batsy Ooh, cool! 1mo
Daisey Interesting, thanks for sharing! 1mo
Lindy Amazing! 1mo
saresmoore Neato! 1mo
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Tanisha_A
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Hi love, look what i found. 😍 Just so thoughtful of you to get me The Little Prince bookmark, i adore it. Also, The Tale of Genji is something I wish to tackle soon, so that bookmark will be put to good use. Thank you, thank you! 💚

@ju.ca.no

BookNAround Look at that Le Petit Prince bookmark!❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
ju.ca.no I‘m glad it finally caaaame🤗 and that you like it😘 1mo
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kathedron
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How beautiful is this?
Miss K and I went to see the final part of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery's Japanese print exhibition: nature and seasons. I thought of the Littens even here as there were some prints by Utagawa Hiroshige from a series called "Famous Places in Edo and Murasaki's Genji". This is "Autumn Moon at Ishiyama Temple" where Murasaki is said to have begun "The Tale of Genji" on the night of the full moon of the 8th month of AD 1004.

Oryx Beautiful! 3mo
saresmoore Oh, that is so cool! And the painting is lovely. 3mo
batsy That is gorgeous and it sounds like an amazing exhibit! 3mo
youneverarrived So beautiful! 3mo
Reggie Awesome! 3mo
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bromeliad
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It's been about 6 months since I slogged through a long book, and I wouldn't mind settling in with one for the rest of the summer...do any of these seem like particularly good choices?

1) Underworld by Don DeLillo
2) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
3) 2666 by Roberto Bolano
4) Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
5) Jerusalem by Alan Moore
6) The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu

Graywacke Welcome to Litsy. I would recommend one if I had read any. 4mo
bromeliad @Graywacke thanks! Haha well I appreciate the honesty! 😊 4mo
BarbaraBB No real easy summer reads among them but I loved the upper three! 4mo
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sudi Welcome To Litsy 💜. I would recommend you a book but i've only read one of them which is War And Peace. It was pretty good though 😊 4mo
Billypar I vote for the Bolaño because I just finished The Savage Detectives and am looking forward to 2666. 4mo
bromeliad @BarbaraBB yeah, I've always had a weird definition of "summer read"...usually, because I have more down time, I like to find longer books, since during the fall/winter I don't pick them up regularly and then I forget everything lol. 4mo
bromeliad @sudi thank you! 😊 4mo
bromeliad @Billypar how was Savage detectives? 4mo
Billypar I liked it- long and slow in spots, but it really rewards you for sticking with it. I finished it on Saturday and am still thinking about it- philosophical but also kind of playful in a weird way. I should be posting a review soon. 4mo
bromeliad @Billypar sounds good! Looking forward to your review! 4mo
CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 4mo
rretzler Never read any of them but War and Peace and Don Quixote have been in my TBR forever. 🤣 4mo
bromeliad @CrowCAH thank you!! 4mo
bromeliad @rretzler right?? Same here! 4mo
Emilymdxn I loved Don Quixote it‘s an absolute scream! 4mo
Lcsmcat I haven‘t read any of these 6, but I‘m the same way with tackling the chunksters over the summer. I‘m reading The Magic Mountain and Of Human Bondage this summer. Previous summer hits for me include Anna Karenina and Les Misérables. 4mo
bromeliad @Lcsmcat Anna Karenina and Les Mis were the same for me! Loved both of them. 4mo
saresmoore I‘m a big fan of Quixote. I recently read all of Genji—ALL OF IT—and it was pretty brutal. So much misogyny for so many pages. But, still, an impressive feat of storytelling and the history is amazing, so I‘m glad I read it. 4mo
Daisey I also read Genji earlier this year and although it was often tough, I truly enjoyed the overall experience. If you decide to read it, I would definitely recommend going back through the hashtag #Genji here on Litsy, and you can even look at posts made in reference to specific chapters. 4mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Of these I‘ve only read War and Peace (and I don‘t recommend that you waste your time with it 😆) 4mo
Becker I vote for Don Quixote 4mo
Andrea4 D.Q. 4mo
CoffeeNBooks I vote for Don Quixote. Welcome to Litsy! @LitsyWelcomeWagon #LitsyWelcomeWagon 4mo
bromeliad @CoffeeNBooks thank you! 4mo
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Daisey
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Today I visited the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and enjoyed seeing these screens depicting The Tale of Genji. The book was often a tough read, but it‘s also one of the most impactful that I‘ve read this year.

#Genji #LiteraryTourism

Megabooks Cool! 4mo
Daisey @Megabooks It really was! The whole museum was amazing, and I‘m so glad I got to visit. 4mo
Megabooks @Daisey did you see the empty spaces from the theft? 4mo
Daisey @Megabooks I did! I found the whole story of how the museum was set up and the reasoning behind the empty frames fascinating. I also think sharing that information is an interesting way to keep people aware about the stolen artwork. 4mo
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ju.ca.no
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This is Lady Murasaki - who wrote the Tale of Prince Genji (a book that has been sitting on my shelves for many many years... I‘m sure that I‘ll read it one day^^). Today we visited Uji (Kyoto) - the place where the last few chapters of the book take place and where there is a Genji Museum (which we didn‘t see as we arrived past closing time)

Tanisha_A Soooo cool! @batsy 4mo
saresmoore Neat! 4mo
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batsy
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Great idea @Cinfhen here's my #top6reads so far that's bound to change in a minute! 😆 Thanks to Litsy and lots of book chats and group reads I've read so many amazing books, to the point where I've had to leave ol Will Shakespeare out 😅

Thanks for the tag @Leftcoastzen @Ruthiella @readordierachel and I'd love to see yours if you want to share @merelybookish @Lindy @BiblioLitten @erzascarletbookgasm @Reggie @Graywacke

merelybookish Thanks for the tag! I just did mine and also included Shirley and Cassandra. And no Will! (These days he seems to be the only male author I even read. 🤔) 4mo
batsy @merelybookish Ha, yes. I didn't even realise my list were all women authors and I notice yours is, too! 4mo
Leftcoastzen @batsy I need to get to Genji, need a break from #chunksters for a while , Ghost Wall sounds interesting,on my TBR a good long time. 4mo
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batsy @Leftcoastzen Wouldn't have made it through Genji without @Lindy and fellow buddy readers 😁 But utterly memorable and a reading experience that transported me out of my current world! 4mo
readordierachel Great list! I want to read all of these! Especially Freshwater. Genji kinda terrifies me though 😆 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for the tag! I‘m awaiting my copy of Ghost Wall and Freshwater from the recent BD sale. I‘m eager to read Cassandra, so much Litsy love, and it‘s still a bummer I missed the Genji readalong. I loved Shirley too! 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Maybe you need another top 6 just for ol‘ Will 😄😉 4mo
vivastory Okay, this is the third or fourth post including Ghost Wall as a best of, so I'm taking that as a sign from the book goddesses that I need to not only add it to my TBR, but move it up 4mo
Cinfhen Yay!!!! Was waiting for your list!!!!! I bailed on Fresh Water....maybe I need to try again 😬🙈 4mo
Ruthiella Fabulous list! I need to read something (anything) by Sarah Moss! 4mo
TrishB Great list 👍🏻 I have Cassandra now thanks to recent swap goodies from @squirrelbrain so will be getting to soon! 4mo
Cathythoughts Yes great list ! I see The Genji is quite long 😳.. would be an investment though I‘d say. And I must read Shirley some day ♥️👍🏻 4mo
Tanisha_A All of them are on TBR! 🥰 4mo
batsy @readordierachel @erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts Genji is quite the Big Book but a worthwhile time investment for sure 😊 4mo
batsy @vivastory @Ruthiella It's a brilliant short read and it's definitely made me want to read more by Moss! 4mo
batsy @Cinfhen I can understand why, it's the kind of book that depends a lot on mood and timing I think. 4mo
batsy @TrishB Ooh, I hope you enjoy!! 4mo
batsy @Tanisha_A Cheers to the TBR 😆🥂 4mo
BarbaraBB Great choices. Happy to see Cassandra and I have Sarah Moss to be read soon! 4mo
youneverarrived Freshwater was one of my most favourite books last year. Great picks 🧡 (edited) 4mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Cassandra seems to be a firm favourite! ❤️ 4mo
batsy @youneverarrived It's so unlike anything I've read before. Really powerful and one I still think about often 💜 4mo
batsy @rohit-sawant Forgot to tag you earlier but I'd love to see yours if you want to share! 4mo
sisilia Tale of Genji! The thickness is intimidating 😅 4mo
batsy @sisilia It was for me, as well! I found the buddy read structure very helpful 🙂 4mo
rmaclean4 Ghost Wall is one of the best books I have read this year also!!! Have you read Lanny by Max Porter? 4mo
batsy @rmaclean4 It's so good! And no, have yet to read Max Porter. I definitely want to read both of his books, just haven't gotten round to it 🙂 4mo
rmaclean4 @batsy Lanny, Ghost Wall and Spring by Ali Smith are my top three reads so far this year. I read Lanny in one sitting... highly recommend!! 4mo
batsy @rmaclean4 That's great! I've only read Ghost Wall from that list and plan to read the Ali Smith seasons books in the order it was published. So many books, so little time... 😅 4mo
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SharonGoforth
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I think today‘s prompt is a pretty accurate description of this classic!

#biginjapan #wanderingjune

Cinfhen Nice choice!!! 5mo
SharonGoforth @Cinfhen Thanks!! I really need to read this! 5mo
Cinfhen There was recently a Litsy buddyread for this book....I think most enjoyed 🤔 5mo
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Lindy
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“To me, what is just as remarkable is Murasaki‘s ability to represent, from the inside, the way men think—in particular, the way men justify to themselves actions whose motives they know to be ignoble and self-serving. She takes a scalpel to the male ego, even as she creates one of the great male characters in world literature.” -Louis Menand #Genji
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-radiant-prince-comes-to-f...

batsy I'd bookmarked this earlier! Need to read it 😁 7mo
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Faibka
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“So he had the cat at last, and he got it to sleep with him at night. By day he caressed it and fussed over it. Soon it was no longer shy, and it curled up in his skirts or cuddled with him so nicely that he really did become very fond of it. He was lying against a pillar near the veranda, lost in thought, when it came to him going Meow! Meow! ever so sweetly.”

Image:"Asakusa Rice Fields and Festival of Torinomachi," Utagawa Hiroshige, 1857

Desha ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ きれいね (beautiful!) 5mo
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Lindy A great line. 🌸 7mo
shawnmooney I thought so too – but also an eye rolling one after all of Genji‘s asshole comments and thoughts in the previous page or two. What an absolute jerk he is! 😛 7mo
Lindy @shawnmooney Yep. We talked a lot about Genji‘s asshole qualities during our group read. #Genji 7mo
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shawnmooney
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saresmoore 🙄 That‘s what they all say... 8mo
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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Pickpick

Read this with a group of Litsy ladies—definitely made it much more fun! Interesting from a historical and cultural perspective, and well-written. The meandering structure is different from most of our modern works—it doesn‘t seem to have any type of goal in mind and even keeps going after the title character dies. Still, it is one of the first recorded books ever written, about a thousand years ago, so worth reading!

saresmoore Meandering is a great description! It also serves to sum up the unfortunate proclivity of the title character. 😑 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm Well done 👍 8mo
Daisey I completely agree with this review! 8mo
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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I knew that Ukifune was in that nunnery—I KNEW it!! This is like a modern day soap opera! If they can‘t show you a body, they‘re not dead! 😁

saresmoore Kinda makes me wonder how many other characters are still alive in the mountains somewhere. 8mo
Lindy Soap opera was my reaction too. 😁 8mo
Daisey So much like a soap opera! 8mo
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Lindy
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At the National Museum of Tokyo: A kimono with a design of books and Heian-era carriages. Shades of #Genji

@Daisey @llwheeler @bianca @saresmoore @bookandcat @mhillis @SoniaC @batsy @KathyR @TheWordJar @Faibka @RachelO @CindyMyLifeIsLit

LeahBergen Oh, you‘re there!! This is beautiful. 8mo
SharonAlger What a beautiful, bookish kimono. 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm You‘re there?! 👏 8mo
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Lindy @LeahBergen @SharonAlger @erzascarletbookgasm It‘s a rainy day in Tokyo; a good day to spend in this extensive museum. 8mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit Have a wonderful time!! Does all the time spent with Genji make things seem a little more “familiar”? 8mo
RachelO Beautiful. Have a lovely time! 8mo
Lindy @CindyMyLifeIsLit Yes, all that time spent with Genji gave me plenty of context for things that I saw at the museum today. 😊 8mo
Lindy @RachelO Thanks! 8mo
batsy Oh, that is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us. Have a lovely trip! 8mo
saresmoore It‘s beautiful! 8mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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“This is the first major loan exhibition in North America to focus on the artistic tradition inspired by Japan's most celebrated work of literature.... Covering the period from the eleventh century to the present, the exhibition features more than 120 works, including paintings, calligraphy, silk robes, lacquer wedding set items, a palanquin for the shogun's bride..”
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2019/tale-of-genji

erzascarletbookgasm Recent buddy readers of the book would have been delighted with the exhibition! 8mo
batsy Oh yes, we totally need a Litsy buddy read school trip 😁😍 #Genji @Lindy 8mo
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mhillis Yes, school trip!! I‘m there 😂😍 8mo
Daisey This would be so cool to see after reading the book! 8mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit Would love to see this! 8mo
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Daisey
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I didn‘t read many books in February, but I completed a few that will absolutely stick with me. Towers Falling is a wonderful middle grade book about 9/11, its impact yet today, and friendship. Prairie Fires is a thorough biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder that I truly enjoyed. The Tale of Genji is not really a favorite, but it dominated my reading this month. The readalong was great, and I will not soon forget it.

#MonthlyStats #ReadingStats

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Daisey
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This book is incredibly difficult to review, but overall I‘m glad I decided to read it. It was by turns beautiful, confusing, infuriating, meandering, frustrating, and challenging. I appreciated the amazing descriptions and how it compelled me to learn a bit more about the history and culture of the Heian period in Japan. I‘m grateful to have read it with a group of readers that made it a truly worthwhile experience.

#Genji #1001books

Daisey Thanks again @Lindy! I‘m still not sure I would have made it through this on my own. The chapter by chapter posts and discussion added so much to my experience. 9mo
saresmoore Congratulations on finishing! 9mo
Naj Congrats on finishing this! It does look like an exhausting read. 9mo
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Velvetfur Wow, that looks like real chunkster, well done for finishing it! 👍 9mo
Liz_M Nice! 9mo
ephemeralwaltz Woohoo! 9mo
Lcsmcat I‘m impressed, but I really want to know about your mug. Do you write on it to change the book title? 9mo
Daisey @Naj @Velvetfur @Liz_M @ephemeralwaltz Thanks! It was quite a read! 9mo
Daisey @saresmoore Thanks! Have you started on the book of essays you picked up yet? I‘m curious to hear what you think. 9mo
Daisey @Lcsmcat Yes! It‘s got a chalkboard finish so I use the chalk paint markers and then just rinse it off with water. 9mo
Lcsmcat That‘s amazingly cool. 9mo
saresmoore @Daisey I only made it through the first one, which was a slog. I‘m hoping the others will be more interesting! 9mo
Lindy @Daisey It‘s been a pleasure. Congratulations on finishing the book! 🥇💐💐💐 9mo
batsy Well done 👏🏽👏🏽❤️ 9mo
Daisey @saresmoore Hoping it gets better. I downloaded this one from Hoopla to see what it included, but I‘m not sure when I‘ll actually make time to read some of it. 9mo
Daisey @batsy Thanks! 9mo
batsy @Daisey @saresmoore I've heard good things about Haruo Shirane and was thinking of trying to find a pdf of it or something online, if I still have the brain power 🤞🏽😬 9mo
Daisey @batsy Positive reviews might help me get started. Based on the table of contents and page flipping I did today it sounds interesting, but I‘m also not sure I‘m ready to delve into 400 more pages about Genji. 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm Bravo! 👏👍 9mo
JazzFeathers So you've finished it! I'm happy it was an enriching experience. I suppose this always makes it worthwile, even when we don't totally enjoy the story. 9mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers Yes, it's taken me a long time to develop into the reader than can enjoy and appreciate a story even if there are things I dislike and hard reading days. I think it does make me a better reader though. 9mo
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Daisey
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I don't remember seeing anyone else share this resource yet that includes some summary and character information along with a section of photos of places referenced in the story. I specifically looked at the photos of Uji and the river as I read #Genji52 this morning.

http://www.taleofgenji.org

#Genji

saresmoore Neat! 9mo
Lindy Thanks for sharing this. I found other resources online, but not this one. 😊 9mo
batsy Oh, cool! Thank you 9mo
Daisey @Lindy I found it in the study guide I downloaded through Hoopla. I figured once I was done I might see what other information or analysis it included. 9mo
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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Okay, did anyone else have a problem with the older princess just abandoning her sister to a possible rapist? “She felt terrible for her sister, who was innocently sleeping away, and it broke her heart to imagine what would happen.” Are you kidding me?? As the older sister, shouldn‘t she take care of the younger? Wouldn‘t they both have been safer together? Surely Kaoru would have been hampered by the presence of the sister; ⬇️ #Genji #genji47

CindyMyLifeIsLit surely he wouldn‘t try to get it on with her right there! Or would he . . , ? 😜. I would think one reluctant partner would be all he could handle at a time. While the older princess is hiding outside, taking care of herself, it says that he didn‘t force himself on her, and spent the night talking. But then it says “he did not want to leave with his desires unsated.” So? Did he or didn‘t he? (edited) 9mo
saresmoore Ugh, this was upsetting. I think he didn‘t, but staying the night in intimate talking was still a scandalous choice. I could be misremembering, though. 🤔 9mo
SoniaC Yes just one of the many disturbing aspects of the story. I have come to believe that there was not a concept of rape at that time. The men were highly entitled. 9mo
Daisey I was also really frustrated by the older sister‘s choices and wondered the same. It seemed to me that it would have been better for the sisters to stay together at this point. 9mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @SoniaC I agree that the men didn‘t really see it as rape. It seems to be just another step in the courtship process: first you woo her with gifts and poetry, and if that doesn‘t work, you sneak into her room and stake your claim! But the older Princess didn‘t even ATTEMPT to save her sister—that‘s what bothers me! She didn‘t want it to happen to herself, but she let it happen to her sister! 😡 9mo
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Daisey
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Time for another Sunday morning breakfast with a book. I have a feeling this is going to be another rather frustrating chapter. There‘s so much secrecy and sneaking around.

#Genji #Genji51 #ReadandEat

JazzFeathers Oh, but that should make for a good chapter! 9mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers Not when it‘s a man sneaking in to see a woman who has already been moved from one place when her almost husband married her younger step sister instead, or kidnapping said woman to hide her away in a mountain retreat, or then a different man (who already has countless “relationships” with other women) sneaking off to find the now hidden woman for himself. All while her mother and half sister are pretty much unable to help her. 9mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey l became all confused halfway through 😵 9mo
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Daisey @JazzFeathers Yeah, a lot of this book is confusing. That was only events from part of 2 chapters. It has been quite the reading experience! 9mo
Lindy It‘s like a soap opera. Possibly the people who write the soaps picked up ideas that originated with this tale. 🤔 @Daisey @llwheeler @bianca @saresmoore @bookandcat @mhillis @SoniaC @batsy @KathyR @TheWordJar @Faibka @RachelO @CindyMyLifeIsLit @xicanti 9mo
xicanti The structure reminded me so, so much of a K-Drama. Soap opera to the max. @Lindy @JazzFeathers 9mo
Daisey @Lindy @xicanti @JazzFeathers So much like a soap opera! 9mo
saresmoore I am SO GLAD Genji didn‘t have a secret evil(er) twin. @Lindy @xicanti 9mo
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Severnmeadows
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Already inspired by the ‘Let‘s play the piano‘ event, walking home in sunlit Norwich: then so happy talking of #Genji 😊

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batsy
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I mentioned earlier that reading this felt like I lived an extra life. It's an impossible book to review/rate; I experienced every single emotion reading this strange, wondrous, frustrating, infuriating, enchanting, beguiling tale. We are deeply immersed in Heian-era courtly values in this book, & the fascinating thing for me is seeing the author work out her own ambivalent & contradictory feelings about her society. A tale shrouded in beauty. ⬇️

batsy I had to adjust my own perspective & way of seeing the world and enter into this strange "waking dream", to borrow a term from @saresmoore . As @Lindy mentioned, the characters are unforgettable. The gender & sexual norms are both sadly familiar & incomprehensible. The devotion to aesthetics, rituals, & Shinto & Buddhist philosophies were both fascinating & mind-boggling. The experience was made all the richer thanks to the buddy read. ? #Genji 9mo
Lindy ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
Tanisha_A Eve though i was not part of reading this, I had a great time reading everyone's posts. 💚 @Lindy 9mo
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Lindy @Tanisha_A Littens are the best. 😊 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm Bravo! 👏 Beautifully said, my friend. ❤️💫 9mo
Trashcanman I swear you should be a professional book reviewer. It's your true calling. 9mo
mklong Beautiful review! You are making me want to pick this one up. 9mo
cobwebmoth I agree with @Trashcanman . Your reviews make me want to read books that I don't really want to read.😊 9mo
batsy @Lindy Thank you for organising and your daily posts (& the schedule) were excellent motivation 😘 9mo
batsy @Tanisha_A I've enjoyed a lot of buddy reads vicariously on Litsy ❤️ 9mo
Daisey Wonderful review! I‘ve felt much the same, but cannot say it nearly as well. 9mo
saresmoore Gorgeous, my friend, and so well elucidated. I think reading this will prove to be an unforgettable experience. 9mo
MayJasper You make it sound fascinating. I love the cover. 9mo
batsy @Daisey @saresmoore Thank you ❤️ I enjoyed reading it with you guys and seeing all of your comments. 9mo
batsy @MayJasper It really is quite fascinating 🙂 That's the translation I read in the digital version but the cover is lovely, I agree! 9mo
rohit-sawant Terrific review! And what @Tanisha_A said! Loved reading all the posts. 9mo
batsy @rohit-sawant Thank you! This was such an experience. I still can't believe I've actually read this giant book that I've been thinking of reading for decades 😁 9mo
Suet624 I loved your last comment. Congratulations on tackling this goal of yours. 😁 8mo
batsy @Suet624 Thank you, Sue! I'm still having a bit of a Genji hangover. 🙂 8mo
Suet624 I can only imagine. 😄 8mo
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Sleep was out of the question. Not only did the old mother herself snore in a manner that was positively terrifying, but the two equally decrepit old nuns who slept with her, as though determined not to be outdone, snorted and grunted in their sleep in a way so indescribably ferocious that Ukifune felt she was in a den of wild beasts who might at any moment leap up and devour her. #Genji53 #Genji

saresmoore I highlighted this, as well. I love these moments of subtle, human hilarity. 9mo
Lindy @saresmoore 😁😴👹 9mo
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batsy Lol. "Decrepit old nuns" is goals. #RudeLadyReadersSnoring @saresmoore 9mo
saresmoore @batsy 😂🙏 9mo
SoniaC Lol got such a kick out of that part. 9mo
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#Genji - We started the first chapter on Jan 1 & 54 days later, it‘s over. Unlike one of the central characters, “confounded by this inconclusive outcome,” I like the ending, which doesn‘t wrap anything up neatly. These literary persons are timeless & I won‘t forget them. When again will I encounter ravaged moss & an endless parade of wet sleeves? Thank you, group read buddies; knowing you are out there kept me on track. It‘s been a pleasure.

LeahBergen Woohoo! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 9mo
DivineDiana Cheers to the Genji Group! I must say I am intrigued now because of all the posts! (edited) 9mo
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Lindy @DivineDiana Thanks! Other Littens have indicated an interest and I would be thrilled to see a new group read happening in the future. (I would be cheering from the sidelines, however. Reading this one time is enough.) 9mo
llwheeler Thanks for starting the buddy read and all your posts! I'm nowhere near finished yet as I got so far behind, but I am enjoying it so far and will keep going! 9mo
Lindy @llwheeler 👍 9mo
saresmoore Thank you for inspiring me to read this! It was an excellent buddy read and I really appreciated your posts throughout. ♥️♥️♥️ 9mo
Lindy @saresmoore Likewise. You and Subashini @batsy kept me entertained and engaged with the text. 9mo
batsy Lovely sum up of this enormous book and the reading experience, Lindy. Quite unforgettable indeed. Thank you for inspiring us to take it on! 9mo
SoniaC Thank you all for the support. 9mo
Severnmeadows ‘When again will I encounter ravaged moss & an endless parade of wet sleeves‘...how lovely. 9mo
Lindy @Severnmeadows 😊The imagery in this novel is superb. 9mo
Severnmeadows I came to Genji after my partner and I had supported each other through the 5 volumes of the penguin Story of the Stone,- which is wonderful.... 9mo
Lindy @Severnmeadows Oooh, 18th c Chinese … that looks intriguing. 9mo
Severnmeadows @Lindy we loved it but it‘s a long haul 9mo
Severnmeadows @Lindy ...it often felt hard (for me) because they hardly ever get out in the fresh air. A stunning work - usually called the Dream of the Red Chamber 9mo
Daisey The imagery is amazing and this buddy read has made it such a better experience than if I would have attempted it on my own. Thank you! I‘ve got just a few more chapters to go. 9mo
Lindy @Daisey [insert keep on trucking emoji] 💪 9mo
Lindy @Severnmeadows The reading experience sounds like it might be similar to The Tale of Genji. 9mo
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I don't plan to review it (because HOW?), but I finished THE TALE OF GENJI last night and I can't even tell you how glad I am to see it in my to-return pile. I FEEL SO FREEEEEEEEE!

saresmoore 😂 Well done! 9mo
xicanti @saresmoore you know where I'm coming from here! 9mo
adria74 I am currently reading it 9mo
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xicanti @adria74 good luck. Sometimes it's very good and sometimes it's very not. 9mo
adria74 @xicanti thank you! 😀 i'm enjoying so far xoxo 9mo
Severnmeadows Thanks for the reminder: I read about a ¼ and put it down. I‘ll have another go! 9mo
xicanti @Severnmeadows you can do it! 9mo
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What really betrays the tale as fiction is simply that it is more beautiful than life. The narration gives grace and harmony to things that might otherwise be too tedious or distressing to sustain the reader‘s interest. It is as though the author has painted an immensely long and accomplished picture scroll.

-Royall Tyler, in his introduction to #Genji

batsy That's a lovely description of its appeal. 9mo
Lindy @batsy I‘ve looked at so much art inspired by this novel that a painted scroll seems a particularly apt description. 🎨 9mo
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So I did it! I finished this beast of a book!!! I‘ve got to say it was definitely challenging at times but I‘m really glad I read it. There won‘t be a reread though 😂

Lindy Woohoo! 🥇 9mo
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My mind is quite confused. It all happened a long while ago. It will come back to me in time—like a dream. #Genji54 #Genji

(We can blame the first novel ever written for the “It was all a dream” trope. Image: season 9 of Dallas tv series.)

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It is finished. I‘m glad to be done, but I‘m not saying, “Good riddance!” because I think I truly gained something from reading this, though I can‘t put my finger on exactly what. This is an epically long tale with repetitive tropes and an onslaught of despicable characters. If I didn‘t hate them, I felt sorry for them. But there was also something intangible here that laid a foundation for storytelling to come and that‘s not to be dismissed.

saresmoore I couldn‘t possibly give this a rating or tell others whether or not they should read it. I‘ve learned a whole lot about Heian era practices and conventions and, I think, even about the evolution of the novel. This is a perfectly imperfect example of the semi-autobiographical novel that evokes a sense of time & place. It also exemplifies the importance of editing. I wouldn‘t have enjoyed this without my buddy readers! #Genji 9mo
RadicalReader Simply stunning fireplace 9mo
Lindy A lovely summation of the reading experience, Sara. This novel‘s languorous style seems to be a reflection of the pace of life for the Heian era aristocracy. @Daisey @llwheeler @bianca @saresmoore @bookandcat @mhillis @SoniaC @batsy @KathyR @TheWordJar @Faibka @RachelO @CindyMyLifeIsLit @xicanti 9mo
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saresmoore @Lindy Thank you for tagging! In a flurry of tidying, I accidentally tossed my sticky note with the list of buddy readers. 9mo
cariashley “I gained something but not sure what” is such a great description - I‘ve had that feeling many times 🙃 9mo
PerksOfBeingABookworm Great review! 9mo
batsy I know what you mean! I've been pondering how to review this; a pick or so-so doesn't quite capture the experience. Neither does the star system on Goodreads. It was wonderful to read this with the group and the appreciated the discipline of a chapter a day; thanks to @Lindy for that 🙂 9mo
Lindy @cariashley @saresmoore @batsy That intangible element you feel to have gained, Sara, is perhaps the internal enlargement that is a mark of successful fiction. It enlarges our sense of self and how we fit in this world. 9mo
Billypar I've been enjoying everyone's posts about this, though I can't say I'm likely to pick it up anytime soon! I'm not sure if the idea of an abridged version is literary blasphemy, but I would be interested in reading one if it were done as part of someone's artistic vision, rather than for expediency. 9mo
saresmoore @Lindy Beautifully said! 9mo
saresmoore @cariashley I think it‘s one of the main shortcomings of reviewing books—leaves no space for the je ne sais quoi. 9mo
saresmoore @Billypar Oh, that‘s a great point re: artistic vision. I think this is one book that really could benefit from a good abridging. 9mo
saresmoore @batsy I think I‘ll look back on reading this like some sort of strange waking dream. 9mo
Lindy @saresmoore Comparing it to a dream is perfect. I have been mentally composing a review post with a theme of dreaming. 😊👍 9mo
Lindy @Billypar My desire to read this grew from reading an extremely abridged version that accompanies a collection of 17th century paintings, one for each chapter, which I have also used to illustrate some of my posts: 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve been reading everyone‘s posts on this epic book and thoroughly enjoy everyone‘s thoughts on it. Don‘t think I can tackle this tome on my own since I‘ve missed the buddy read experience. Well done for completing it! 9mo
saresmoore @erzascarletbookgasm The buddy read is certainly the only reason I finished. If it piqued your interest, though, I do recommend at least looking for something like the book Lindy tagged above. 😊 9mo
Daisey @saresmoore @batsy @Lindy I am still a few chapters from the end, but I‘m also at a complete loss as to how I will rate it. My experience is very much a product of the readalong, and many days it is a complete love hate conundrum. Yet, I also feel it is incredibly worthy of recognition for its place in literary history. 9mo
Billypar @Lindy Thanks for that recommendation- sounds perfect for dipping my toe in the Genji world, and the paintings look gorgeous. 9mo
batsy @Lindy Beautifully put! And I also love your description of the reading experience being like a waking dream, Sara. 9mo
Suet624 I‘m so impressed with you and your buddies for tackling this book! (edited) 9mo
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Happy Friday! Here‘s my new bookish shirt that I wore to school today. Then tonight I came home and read some more of this massive book. I just finished #Genji49 with a glass of wine, and I‘m not appreciating Kaoru‘s character as much as a few chapters ago.

#Genji #FridayNightBookClub #TeachersofLitsy #bookishshirt

SoniaC Takes after his daddy. Either of them 😂 9mo
Linsy Love it! 📚 9mo
wanderinglynn Love your shirt! ❤️ 9mo
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LogiKitty Where can I get a shirt like that? 😍 9mo
LiteraryinLititz Fantastic shirt! 9mo
Daisey @SoniaC True! 9mo
Daisey @LogiKitty I looked at a few different versions, but this one I ordered through Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07DD5B7D1/ref=ya_aw_od_pi?ie=UTF8&psc=1&th=1&cus... 9mo
Liz_M Ha! I love reading challenges and have long joked that I read competitively. 😁 😁 9mo
Daisey @Liz_M A few of my students said that reading is not a sport, but my reply was that when you read like I do, it is! 9mo
LogiKitty @Daisey yay thanks! 9mo
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Those amazing sleeves worn by the Heian era aristocracy are not just for mopping up tears 😭 :
“He seems to have lost his soul among her sleeves” and “I thought I was the only one who cared about her lonely sleeves, but the poor fellow feels the same way.” #Genji

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saresmoore They‘re also used to modestly cover faces in absence of a fan. Ooh, and tantalizing bits of sleeve peeking out of carriage blinds. But I think I‘d use them for more practical purposes like dusting or stashing books & snacks. 9mo
Lindy @saresmoore I recall at least one instance when a letter had to be written in haste and the writer didn‘t have the perfect paper on hand but his visitor happened to have the right kind in his sleeve. They probably did a lot of accidental dusting, also. 😉 9mo
saresmoore 😂 Too true! 9mo
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Here we go again! Looks like I‘m only 40 days behind 😂
#genji13

Lindy Keep going! I finished the last chapter today because I couldn‘t wait until tomorrow. It‘s an amazing novel. 9mo
Liz_M 40 days? No problem, the chapters are short, right? 9mo
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mhillis @Lindy I will! I plan to check the group‘s posts as I read too. It really is interesting so far. Hope you‘ll have a good trip to Japan!! 9mo
mhillis @Liz_M Yeah, only like 1000 pages to go!! 😂 9mo
Lindy @mhillis 😘✈️⛩👍 9mo
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We were gonna take a Friday night walk, but certain individuals refused to let me put their cold weather gear on. Now Duffy's on my lap, Casey's beside me, and I'm gonna see if I can finish #Genji53.

I like this chapter more than the last few. PLOT TWIST!

tpixie Pretty puppy 🐶 9mo
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“But do not think that your spells could have ever sufficed to subdue me. It is at the bidding of Kwannon, who all the while has protected her, that I let go my hold.” #Genji53 #Genji #evilspirit

(Speaking of Kwannon, I plan to visit the Asakusa Temple of the Goddess of Mercy on March 18.)

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saresmoore Neat! I‘m vicariously anticipating your trip! 9mo
Lindy @saresmoore ⛩😁 9mo
batsy Same; I'm very much looking forward to your trip, as well! 😁 9mo
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Lindy @batsy I will be checking in here on Litsy. 😊 9mo
Daisey I‘ll definitely be looking forward to what you share from your trip as well! 9mo
Lindy @Daisey 😁✈️ 9mo
Tanisha_A Not much time to go! Yay 9mo
Lindy @Tanisha_A I got some yen yesterday. 😊 9mo
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“People are always telling these stories about foxes changing themselves into human beings,” Sozu said, “but so far as I know no one has ever seen it happen.” #Genji53 #Genji

(Internet photo of Toyokawa Inari shrine)

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Lindy “Fox isn‘t a fellow to do any real harm. He just likes to give people a bit of a fright sometimes; that are all.” He seemed to regard their discovery as a matter of very little interest. The truth was that his mind was otherwise occupied; for he had come straight from the kitchen where it was proving far from easy to supply all these suppers at short notice in the middle of the night. 🦊 9mo
batsy I highlighted this same passage ? Thought it was ironic how caught up in ~feelings and spirits and aesthetics~ the nobility are and this guy's like, "I have a job to do in the real world!" 9mo
Lindy @batsy Yep. A practical guy. 9mo
saresmoore @batsy Good point! It‘s one of the few glimpses we get of a character who‘s not in the melancholic-leisurely or priestly-aloof classes. 9mo
Lindy @saresmoore @batsy Another practical matter that I noticed regards travel in bad weather. Niou couldn‘t get to Uji when rain had made the road impassable, yet he could send a messenger with a letter. I wondered about this until I guessed that a messenger could go there on foot, slowly. (Uncomfortably, & risking bandits.) 9mo
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(Niou‘s wife): He is impossible. He has done each of the women here—every one who has at all caught his fancy. #Genji51

It piqued him that among his own sister‘s gentlewomen there should be any good-looking girl who had not allowed him to cultivate her acquaintance. #Genji52

#randyprinceNiou

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saresmoore He is deplorable. But, then, they pretty much all are. For example, “In this way, Kaoru pleaded his case, and the Akashi Empress had no inkling of his lascivious ulterior motives.” #manipulativeKaoru 9mo
Lindy @saresmoore I feel no pity for any of the men. I liked this sentence: Kaoru seemed now to have got into a state in which his life consisted solely in rushing from one senseless agitation to another. 9mo
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If this terrible river had not been so close at hand, the idea of taking her own life would probably never have entered her head. Here she had hardly a step to go. A sudden desperate impulse & the thing was over. If she had been somewhere on the hills, for example, however desperate her state of mind had been, she would never have set out to trudge the countryside, vaguely hoping to find a river. #Genji52 #dontblametheriver

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“there is no knowing now where this drifting boat is bound” #Genji51

(I fear this drifting boat‘s destination. I missed reading #Genji yesterday because I was away from home all day. I plan to catch up on chapter 52 later today. What a distressing love triangle!)

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saresmoore It is a particularly terrible love triangle. At this point, I felt like things were really coming to a head. The position of Ukifune in the midst of it all is both heartbreaking and, I think, revealing, given that it‘s so near the end. 9mo
Lindy @saresmoore Indeed. The rhythm of these post-Genji chapters is different, but I like it. I admit that I will be relieved to get to the final page, however. 9mo
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His Highness never forgot that all too approximate twilight encounter. She seems not to have been anyone of any great moment, he reflected, but in herself she was certainly *very* nice; and he chafed, ever the incorrigible gallant, at that frustration of his desire. #Genji51 -Tyler #translation
(“Incorrigible gallant” is one way of putting it. 😏 I‘m going to paste the corresponding text from Waley in the comments for comparison.)

Lindy “Meanwhile Niou thought constantly of his brief meeting with the mysterious occupant of the western wing. Probably she came from some quite ordinary family; but she was certainly a delightful creature, and nothing could have been more irritating than that she should disappear after a single encounter of so tantalizing a description.” -Waley translation (edited) 9mo
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I‘m making slow but continuous progress on this book. Another snow day means I hope to get through more than a chapter, but I‘ve given up on actually catching up to finish on schedule. That little bookmark at the bottom of the page is where I “should” be by the end of the day today.

I just finished #Genji46 and overall enjoyed this chapter. Do the sisters inherit their father‘s income after his death or what are they living on?

#Genji #1001books

saresmoore Oh, that‘s a good question! I was under the impression that Kaoru was providing for a lot of their trivial needs after their father‘s death. 9mo
laurenduke300 Why is everyone reading this book right now? Is there some event I don‘t know about? 9mo
Daisey @saresmoore That‘s really what I‘m wondering. Do they inherit something or is Karou supporting them? However, if that‘s the case, I can‘t see how they could hold him off at all from a marriage. Another of the cultural things that apparently I just don‘t have enough background about. 9mo
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Daisey @laurenduke300 There is currently a readalong organized by @Lindy. 9mo
Daisey @saresmoore A few pages later in #Genji47 the older sister does say “. . . by now I rely on him in all things.” 9mo
batsy I'm not entirely sure; it does seem like they inherit the property but have no income? Which is why there always is that fear of how to manage without a father or husband; there has to be a man around to administer the estate and provide them with what's needed on a day to day basis and keep the household running. I guess once a single aristocratic woman is absorbed into the imperial economy as a kept woman, that's one less worry for her :/ 9mo
Lindy @saresmoore @daisey It‘s my understanding that women of the Heian era had the right to inherit property and would maintain power and prestige after their father‘s or husband‘s death, but managing their affairs wasn‘t easy unless they continued to have supportive men around them. 9mo
Lindy @batsy I‘m not sure about income, but you are right: women definitely inherited property. I think that the difficulty for a rich woman on her own has to do with the fact that she must remain in such seclusion. 9mo
Daisey @batsy @Lindy That helps somewhat, but it also seems they really are dependent on Karou‘s good graces. 9mo
saresmoore @Lindy @batsy Remaining in seclusion under constant threat of rape... I find it interesting how much more cavalier many of the companions/ladies-in-waiting/servants seem to be when it comes to affairs of the heart. It certainly seems that a powerful man‘s affections are a much more valuable currency than property or money. A woman of noble birth only has value according to her marriage. It‘s both depressing and fascinating. 9mo
Lindy @saresmoore @batsy Yes, a woman‘s marriage is an important aspect of her worth/power, but women of high birth cannot marry into a class below them without losing much status, and therefore these women appear to be better off remaining single, provided there‘s male support for the upkeep of their property. 9mo
batsy Nicely summed up, @Lindy and re: income, I keep forgetting that this would have been a feudal economy, and income as such doesn't work the same way in as it would have in Jane Austen's time, much less ours. 9mo
Lindy @batsy @saresmoore @Daisey Regarding currency, in a footnote in Waley #Genji53 -A woman‘s robe may seem a strange offering to make to priests; but currency was very little used at this time, its place being taken by articles of common use, such as clothes, musical instruments, etc. 9mo
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I‘m a bit ahead on Genji because I just want to finish, at this point. I really did not enjoy the experience of reading Les Misérables last year because it was just so dense and overladen with extraneous information. The Tale of Genji, in contrast, is ALL story, but I feel like I‘m reading five or six tropes over and over with only slight variations. I don‘t think I‘ve ever made such slow progress on a book before!

#Genji #Genji52

TrishB It‘s a big book! 9mo
Daisey I‘m impressed you‘re powering on ahead. I‘m at a point where I‘m trying to catch up, but I just can‘t read more than so many pages a day before I need a break. 9mo
batsy I'm about ready to be done, as well. Today's chapter in particular was a rehash of the same old love triangle, or rather, two men feeling entitled to the same woman trope. I was thinking about the early chapters and there definitely should have been more hauntings and ghostly visitations included in the narrative. And the narrative mentions bandits once, I think, but there definitely should have been a whole chapter (or two, or three!) on bandits 9mo
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saresmoore @batsy I couldn‘t agree more! Spoiler: there are some more supernatural occurrences to come. I also lament that there wasn‘t a sage or messianic character or really even one single likable character throughout. So many priests, yet so little wisdom! It says a lot about the author‘s outlook, I think. 9mo
saresmoore @Daisey I‘ve started glossing over the poems and descriptions of court customs, as well as the more vociferous lamenting. It‘s not skimming, but it‘s not close reading anymore... 9mo
saresmoore @TrishB I do like a big book, but this narrative is doing nothing to compel me to keep reading. I am learning a lot, though, and it‘s inspiring much deep thought, so I think it‘ll prove to be worth the effort. 9mo
saresmoore @batsy I‘m back to amend that the supernatural element was disappointingly short-lived. Alas, everything is ephemeral. 9mo
batsy @saresmoore 😂😂 9mo
Daisey @batsy The bandits! I read that single line today and agree a chapter‘s diversion in that direction would have been fantastic. I also get the comparison to crumbling gothic castles you mentioned somewhere. These rural overgrown estates remind me of that as well. 9mo
TrishB Good luck! I‘m not tempted to read, but do generally love big books. 9mo
batsy @Daisey The author seems to have enjoyed describing those rural villas! Those descriptive passages are a nice change from the usual plot lines. 9mo
shawnmooney Britta and I will finish this week and we both feel the post-Genji chapters were unnecessary and we are going thru the motions reading this next-generation rehash of what‘d been done to death in the Genji narrative proper. @Lindy @saresmoore @batsy 6mo
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His wealth attracted nice young women to his household, to dress in the height of fashion, to vie with one another over broken-backed poems, to amuse themselves with tales and koshin* vigils, and to generally immerse themselves in deplorably vain tastes and amusements. #Genji50
*A popular belief required people to avoid falling asleep on a koshin night, to prevent their misdeeds from being reported to the emperor of heaven.

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When he returned late in the day, his wife was having her hair washed. He sent her a little page girl with the remark, “You picked a fine time to wash your hair! Am I simply to languish here by myself?” #Genji50

(Internet image from a production of South Pacific.)

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Lindy His wife‘s servant explains that it‘s the only opportunity that month, and the next two months are out of the question. A footnote explains about a woman only washing her hair on a lucky day. Tricky business. 9mo
saresmoore My thought was, “That‘s a loooot of hair to wash only once every few months.” I think I‘d have itchy scalp. 9mo
Lindy @saresmoore When I was in high school, one of my friends had hair down almost to her knees. She washed it only once a month because it was such a production to get it washed and dried. 9mo
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Ericalambbrown The second I saw that pic that song was in my head! Even before I read your caption. 🎶 I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair 🎶 (edited) 9mo
Lindy @Ericalambbrown 🛀😁 9mo
batsy Ha, I highlighted this bit too! @saresmoore I felt like my scalp was already starting to itch merely reading about how they had to prudently time their hairwashing schedule! Modern life is brutal but thank god for running water, shampoo, haircuts, and evolving gender mores 🤯 9mo
saresmoore @batsy Amen to that! 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm 😯 Ewww, itchy scalp and oily hair! 9mo
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The Tale of Genji | Murasaki Shikibu
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I find it amusing that Kaoru can‘t sneak around without detection because of his fragrance. Those who‘ve not yet met him will soon get wise to what their noses tell them about spying eyes:
“What a lovely smell! There‘s some delicious incense in the air. It must be something the nun is burning, I suppose.”
#Genji49 also offers a new expression for crying oneself to sleep:
“Seafolk might well have fished below her pillow.”
😭🐟💦#Genji

RachelO That quote‘s fantastic! I think I‘ll be another couple of months finishing Genji (it was always going to happen) but I‘m very happy to have been introduced to him and his world. 9mo
Lindy @RachelO 🐢 🥇😁 9mo
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The Tale of Genji | Murasaki Shikibu
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Having always been thoroughly pampered, he of course did not know what it was to languish in penury. To him life meant shivering with delicious pleasure before the dew on a flower. #Genji49

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Nute Love this post! 9mo
batsy Love the image and quote. 9mo
Tanisha_A Love it 9mo
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