Book Review: Beauty and Sadness by Yasunari Kawabata

October 29, 2018 | Comments

Disclaimer: This post contains sensitive themes. Read at your own risk. Beauty and Sadness by Yasunari Kawabata Love as sickness and immorality, sex as entrapment and revenge—these are the themes that the Nobel Prize-winning author of Snow Country dramatizes with such coolly mesmerizing power in this novel. At its heart is is a destructive love affair between a married writer and a teenage girl that continues to haunt both of them more than twenty years after their last embrace—and whose lingering bitterness poisons everyone around them.

Book Review: Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata

October 1, 2018 | Comments

Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata At an isolated mountain hot spring, with snow blanketing every surface, Shinamura, a wealthy dilettante, meets Komako, a lowly geisha. She gives herself to him fully and without remorse, despite knowing that their passion cannot last and that the affair can have only one outcome. In chronicling the course of this doomed romance, Kawabata has created a story for the ages–a stunning novel dense in implication and exalting in its sadness.

Book Review: Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata

September 10, 2018 | Comments

Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata 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.

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