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Book Title: The Old Capital|
The author of the book: Yasunari Kawabata
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.16 MB
ISBN 13: 9780865472785
Edition: North Point Press
Date of issue: May 1st 1987
Read full description of the books:Excellent. It's funny how Kawabata can drone on about cherry blossoms and camphor trees and local Kyoto festivals and yet keep one reading. A large part of the fascination is looking into this foreign world that one's never known before. The customs, traditional mores seemingly under siege by callous modernity. His touch is so light. The emotional depths Kawabata plumbs with just the tiniest bits of dialogue -- this concision most of all -- holds us in thrall.
The is the story of an abandoned child, Chieko, who is found and raised by kind Kyoto shopkeepers, and her eventual reconnection by chance with her twin sister, Naeko, in post-occupation Japan. Apparently twins were once considered inauspicious in Japan. Her foster parents suffer terrible guilt because Chieko is such a fine, solicitous child. They imagine they've inflicted horrible suffering on the unknown parents when, in fact, either because of poverty or superstition, it was Chieko's parents who abandoned her. Twenty years later she's a beautiful woman who must make sense of her history.
This is my seventh or eighth Kawabata, and though not among my very favorite of his works his mastery even here is astonishingly consistent. Do read him. Start perhaps with Thousand Cranes, Beauty and Sadness, Snow Country or The Sound of the Mountain.
Read information about the authorYasunari Kawabata (川端 康成) 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: 1968
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