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A lushly illustrated edition of a world classic The third in this series of illustrated Japanese classics, The Tale of Genji again combines Miyata's captivating paper cut-outs with a modern retelling of a vintage story. This well-known tale of the amorous adventures of Prince Genji is widely considered world literature's first novel, and with its precise and poetic prose, i A lushly illustrated edition of a world classic The third in this series of illustrated Japanese classics, The Tale of Genji again combines Miyata's captivating paper cut-outs with a modern retelling of a vintage story. This well-known tale of the amorous adventures of Prince Genji is widely considered world literature's first novel, and with its precise and poetic prose, it is also considered one of its finest. Written with precision by a lady of the Japanese court, Genji's Don Juan-like clandestine rendezvous with lovers in their perfumed boudoirs or on mossy moonlit garden paths, continues to intrigue lovers of literature. What sets Genji apart from the typically carefree playboy is the intensity of his emotional attachment for each of his lovers. Long after an affair has ended, Genji continues to cherish the encounter. His is an age-old tale, as well as a poignant and brilliant portrait of Japan's ancient court life.


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A lushly illustrated edition of a world classic The third in this series of illustrated Japanese classics, The Tale of Genji again combines Miyata's captivating paper cut-outs with a modern retelling of a vintage story. This well-known tale of the amorous adventures of Prince Genji is widely considered world literature's first novel, and with its precise and poetic prose, i A lushly illustrated edition of a world classic The third in this series of illustrated Japanese classics, The Tale of Genji again combines Miyata's captivating paper cut-outs with a modern retelling of a vintage story. This well-known tale of the amorous adventures of Prince Genji is widely considered world literature's first novel, and with its precise and poetic prose, it is also considered one of its finest. Written with precision by a lady of the Japanese court, Genji's Don Juan-like clandestine rendezvous with lovers in their perfumed boudoirs or on mossy moonlit garden paths, continues to intrigue lovers of literature. What sets Genji apart from the typically carefree playboy is the intensity of his emotional attachment for each of his lovers. Long after an affair has ended, Genji continues to cherish the encounter. His is an age-old tale, as well as a poignant and brilliant portrait of Japan's ancient court life.

30 review for The Tale of Genji: Scenes from the World's First Novel (Illustrated Japanese Classics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Beautiful, entertaining, enlightening on Japanese court life and the copy I had had gorgeous pictures included. I cheated and read the abbreviated version but I would recommend!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ape

    One of Japan's first ever novels, in fact one of the first novels in the world - it's over 1000 years old. The Tale of Genji is about court life of rich Japanese aristocracy from the time. It follows Genji's life from a young boy through adulthood, and after his death follows his 'legal' (ie someone else was the father) son, Karou. It's an interesting way into very old Japanese life and customs. Perhaps not the most exciting story for some people, it's about court life so there's a lot of poetry One of Japan's first ever novels, in fact one of the first novels in the world - it's over 1000 years old. The Tale of Genji is about court life of rich Japanese aristocracy from the time. It follows Genji's life from a young boy through adulthood, and after his death follows his 'legal' (ie someone else was the father) son, Karou. It's an interesting way into very old Japanese life and customs. Perhaps not the most exciting story for some people, it's about court life so there's a lot of poetry writing and swapping, chasing women and sleeping with other men's wives. They always seem to be falling in love. And rape seems to be quite acceptable and not presented as a bad act. The pictures, one for every one of the 54 chapters are really beautiful and very important to the story. I think it said in the introduction that originally this would have been written on those big scrolls with the illustrations. In fact, one chapter is basically just an illustration. Which in some ways you can see as connecting through to what so many Japanese love reading these days - Manga. 2016 note - review from 2007 bookcrossing journal.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hani Iskadarwati

    I always love classic, either in music or in writing. I read this book over and over and over ( you will sleep on it you bet!)sometimes it lamely bored and you will scream with boredom, sometimes you want to throw it away ( but will cancel it if you rememberit price LOL), but in the end you will back angain and want to sneak and peek it again. In short? A tale about playboy Prince with the secret sex life in the Japanese Royal Kingdom (and wrote by a Princess whom disguise herself as a man, since I always love classic, either in music or in writing. I read this book over and over and over ( you will sleep on it you bet!)sometimes it lamely bored and you will scream with boredom, sometimes you want to throw it away ( but will cancel it if you rememberit price LOL), but in the end you will back angain and want to sneak and peek it again. In short? A tale about playboy Prince with the secret sex life in the Japanese Royal Kingdom (and wrote by a Princess whom disguise herself as a man, since at that era a woman was forbidden to read, write or learn man-style writing)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    Beautifully Illustrated by Miyata Masayuki, one illustration from each chapter.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hans

    The art work was fabulous. The story definitely left something to be desired. I suppose because it was only snippets from the actual it made for a choppy, directionless read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    J

  7. 5 out of 5

    Natasia Angel

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    Esra

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    Dean Prichard

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ines

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

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    Jeff

  13. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

  14. 5 out of 5

    Night

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ella

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

  17. 4 out of 5

    Morgiana

  18. 5 out of 5

    Buyanhishig

  19. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Contino

  20. 5 out of 5

    Merjem

  21. 5 out of 5

    Toshio

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carol Leininger

  23. 5 out of 5

    Leiko

  24. 4 out of 5

    FaceOfYo!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Beanz

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susana

  27. 4 out of 5

    Renée Vink

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aki

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jay

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