Thousand Cranes

Thousand Cranes Thousand Cranes is a story of love given and love withheld Set against the backdrop of Japan s traditional tea ceremony it is a taut highly dramatic novel gleaming with sudden passages of poetic bea

  • Title: Thousand Cranes
  • Author: Yasunari Kawabata Edward G. Seidensticker
  • ISBN: 9784805309711
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • Thousand Cranes is a story of love given and love withheld Set against the backdrop of Japan s traditional tea ceremony, it is a taut, highly dramatic novel gleaming with sudden passages of poetic beauty In one of the book s strongest scenes, the two characters are symbolized by the two fine old China bowls, one female and one male, that sit before them.The novel opens wThousand Cranes is a story of love given and love withheld Set against the backdrop of Japan s traditional tea ceremony, it is a taut, highly dramatic novel gleaming with sudden passages of poetic beauty In one of the book s strongest scenes, the two characters are symbolized by the two fine old China bowls, one female and one male, that sit before them.The novel opens with Kikuji on his way to a tea ceremony given by Chikako, one of his father s former mistresses He is also on his way to act out the unfinished drama of his father s life Kikuji s father had been a cultivated man, an art lover and a pleasure seeker He had cast off one mistress, Chikako, but had loved another, Mrs Ota, until his death Kikuji, like his father, tries to escape from Chikako, now masculine and meddlesome Like his father, too, he is drawn to Mrs Ota, who has remained young, alluring and pliant even though her daughter, Fumiko, is only twenty years old Kikuji s guilty passion for Mrs Ota and Fumiko s efforts to alter the family fate lead to the novel s stunning climax.

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    1. In my country, there is a generalized tendency to glorify the heritage left to us by our ancestors. With the loss of God, children are regarded as the bearers of eternal life that infuse meaning into our perishable existence.But what about the sins of the parents? Are they also bequeathed to their children in order to be atoned for?Kawabata explores the ongoing dichotomy of love versus duty to our progenitors through the prism of the Japanese ancient traditions, mining the deceptively simple sto [...]

    2. انگار هربار که دستش تکان می خورد، گل سرخی در دستش می شکفدو انگار هزار درنای کوچک و سفید دور و برش پرواز می کنندکشور ژاپن و فرهنگش همیشه برام اسرارآمیز بودهچه کیمونوهای زیبا و چه شکوفه های گیلاس و حتی آن خودکشی از نوع ساموراییاز همان کودکی با دیدن کارتون افسانه توشیشانعاشق افس [...]

    3. The memory of that birthmark on Chikako’s breast was concrete as a toad.The sins of the fathers is an old theme, found in the Bible, Euripides, Shakespeare, and countless other works. It's used here too in this slim book of Kawabata's but this is probably the only time it is acted out using bits of pottery, cloth and tea. True, the characters aren't exactly holding these items and making them talk. There's a sparse background on which they have plenty of room to act on the imagination. Kawabat [...]

    4. رواية تدور أحداثها حول الشعور بالذنب والتخلص منه من خلال بطل الرواية الذي بعد وفاة والديه لم يكن يعرف أين تقوده حياته او ما الذي يريد ان يفعل بها.تجذبه صديقات وعشقات والده الذي كان يمارس فن تناول الشاي باحترافية، وهو فن منتشر هناك في اليابان حيث يخضع لعادات وتقاليد غريبه علي [...]

    5. There used to be a time when the beauty of a single flower was enough to give a man pleasure, a time when a lone star in the dark expanse of the night gave delight to a wanderer gazing up above, a time when the exquisite beauty of a piece of pottery was enough to evoke the feeling of longing, when the graceful movements of a woman pouring tea stirred the heart. Those times have passed. Appreciation for the elegance found in the simple is now dulled by the seduction of the exciting, the novel, an [...]

    6. In this novel we follow the destiny of Kikuji Mitani, a well-off thirty-year-old whose parents died today. He does not really know what to do with his life, caught up in the wanderings of modernization at the work of Japanese society and nostalgia for ancient rites.Kikuji is forever marked by the image of horrific brown spots seen on the chest of Chikako Kurimoto, who was briefly one of the mistresses of his late father, who loved his rival Mrs. Ota more.Kikuji is attached to the ritual of the t [...]

    7. A Thousand Cranes is a novella by Japanese Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata. Unfortunately the book was not my taste, but I did glean much from this short book that many consider a gem. The book follows Kikuji Mitani as he copes with the deaths of his parents. He is left in the care of his meddlesome housekeeper who attempts to arrange his marriage, even though Kikuji is not interested in marriage at this point in his life. Each meeting with a perspective bride occurs at a traditional tea ce [...]

    8. With emerald shades,Dance eternal cranes.In the pristine rains,A warm koicha shared.Upon poignant chests.Tranquil prayers kneltJust as Bolañoteases my psyche, Kawabata plays with my rhythmic senses. In his words I find songs of a wintry heart waiting for a prosperous spring. I cannot refrain myself from scribbling lost thoughts in the shadows of Kawabata’s characters. Speaking of shadows; what an enigmatic delusion? The more you walk into it the more it grows; a loyal companion who never depa [...]

    9. Traditional Values"Thousand Cranes" is about the continuity of tradition and the conformity by individuals with traditional values.At the heart of the novel is the Japanese Tea Ceremony. While tea has been drunk in Japan since the ninth century, it only became a part of a formal ceremony with religious significance around the 12th century.An elaborate set of equipment is used in the Tea Ceremony. Often the equipment, such as drinking bowls, is artisan-made and is kept in a family for periods as [...]

    10. 2.5 starsMy first venture into anything by Kawabata; this novella centres on the tea ceremony. Kikuji has lost his father and mother; he is a young man and there is the question of his father’s two mistresses and the possibility of whether he ought to marry. There is a great deal of consideration, in an oblique way, of the importance of inheritance and the continuation of tradition. The novel is set in the 1950s in a time of great change in Japan. The prose is precise and describes well the se [...]

    11. Thoughts before reading:I have a burning question to ask after reading two Yasunari Kawabata's novels and on my way to read the third: Is that just this Kawabata guy, or is it common for men in general to keep thinking about this perfect but unreal phantom of a beautiful woman (whom they can't be with for one reason or another), even when they already had a solid but flawed wife or girlfriend (they are flawed because all humans are flawed) by their sides?Any menfolk bothers to answer me?Thoughts [...]

    12. به نظر من آدم نمی تونه با کشتن خودش کارهای اشتباه و نادرستی رو که توی زندگی اش مرتکب شده، جبران و رفع و رجوع کنه. این طور مردن فقط سوء تفاهم ها رو بیش تر می کنه. هیچ کس نمی تونه همچین آدمی رو ببخشه.از متن کتاب

    13. What a curious and unusual book!It is a very short read and there is a real senseof calm and peace reading it.It is really beautifully and simply written.But even though it is very calming and nice to read itis jam packed with symbolism and some really complex emotivestuff.I can't even begin to understand it all but I would gladlyread it again and again and each time I think I would understandthe symbolism and complexity of these characters relationships more.It really is very captivating and un [...]

    14. I've been reading most of the day. Yesterday, too. I've been distracted, if not altogether impatient, and wanting (need? want?) an urgent yet unassuming emotional life in books. All the reflection my brain can eat. The situation was right; thunderstorms and a day off and nothing I couldn't put off for another day. It still felt wasteful. Shouldn't I be doing something else with this luxury? I was really waiting for my Kawabata books to arrive in the mail. The mail doesn't come until around 4:30 [...]

    15. What happens when traditions start to fall apart? when a new generation has let the old ways of their parents drop. What was the value in those ways? How can the value be retained when the tradition has been smashed? The pieces cannot be put back together. When we try, like Nietzsche, to philosophize with a hammer, we may be left with only shards and those shards can leave painful wounds. There's a love story here but in the new world, the love must remain unrequited. It becomes impossible and i [...]

    16. همیشه موقع خوندن کتابهای نویسنده های ژاپنی، یه سکوت و آرامش عجیبی رو در ذهنم احساس می کنم که انگار حتی درد هم لابلای این کتاب ها بی سر و صداس، داد و بیداد نمیکنه و سعی میکنه به آرومی خودش رو التیام ببخشه؛ و این سکوت صدای قشنگی داره.هزار درنا روایت ساده اما پیچیده ایه شخصیت اصلی [...]

    17. Thousand Cranes by Yasunari KawabataMy rating: 4 of 5 starsYasunari Kawabata was the first Japanese author to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968 "for his narrative mastery, which with great sensibility expresses the essence of the Japanese mind." In awarding the prize, the Nobel Committee cited three of his novels, Snow Country, The Old Capital and this novel, Thousand Cranes. In 1972 he joined the list of celebrated Japanese authors (including Akutagawa, Dazai and Mishima) to have comit [...]

    18. Thousand Cranes offers a compelling study on the interplay of tatemae (the public face that one puts on for propriety's sake) and honne (one's true feelings and desires), as well as on the present's constant struggle against the constraints of the past. The novel is very much about the quiet tempests raging underneath the seemingly peaceful and polite surface of a propriety-obsessed society. The intricacies of the characters' relationships are presented with the grace and extreme subtlety of tra [...]

    19. Yasunari Kawabata adheres to some stoic code. He employs the game of Go and tea ceremonies. These are tacit traditional affairs. They mask such terrible behavior. Thousand Cranes depicts self-possession under such threat. This is a novel where tradition attempts to check waves of resentment, and it does to varying results. The events begin in the wake of a man death. His son finds himself at a tea ceremony with his father's two mistresses. Thus begins a series of triangles and slights. Seldom is [...]

    20. I read this about 20 years ago --- (saw a GR's friend about to read it now) --- I wouldn't mind reading it again myself 'today'. (hm??? recycle book store --keeping eyes open)

    21. Well, this feels like something of a classical masterpiece. Thousand Cranes is almost the lovechild of Ernest Hemingway and post-war Japan. I feel like this book isn't for everyone -- it's a bit like green tea, some people find it too bitter, some people find it too strong.But Kawabata is something of a master, like I said. There is no word in this novel that is not intentional, and so I found myself rereading a lot of the same passages over and over, examining each word, each slice of dialogue. [...]

    22. There are times when you wonder what is in a certain author's mind as you read a book they have written. This is the question that I kept asking myself throughout this book. I understand that Thousand Cranes symbolises the decay of Japan in the post war world, but even with that understanding, I still didn't get much of what was going on.Kikuji is the protagonist and his sexual viewpoint towards all women he encounters is basically what the book is about. He inherits his father's two mistresses, [...]

    23. "In a masterpiece there is nothing unclean"An achingly simple story, unfolding in conversations that are tantilizingly suggestive of its character's histories.Each nuance, each action is laden with emotional weight. Even the atmosphere, whenever described, serves to add to that mystical aura behind which - the reader knows - hide intentions, destinities, and fates.Kawabata's narrative can be best described as a floating, fleeting sort, which gives a feeling of sparseness and economy; although it [...]

    24. Fine book - but very strange, very japanese, austere to the point of the vanishing point a series of strange love affairs are reduced to identifications with three-hundred year tea bowls fired in the kilns of 9th cen. tea masters. The underlying idea is quite fascinating, however. The tea-ceremony (Seidensticker explains) allows the drinker to sit briefly at the intersection of time and eternity, as he contemplates -- while he sips his tea, in his quiet rustic cottage -- the permanence of the cu [...]

    25. "She died because of herself. If you say it was you who made her die, then it was I even more. If I have to blame anyone, it should be myself. But it only makes her death seem dirty, when we start feeling responsible and having regrets. Regrets and second thoughts only make the burden heavier for the one who has died." (50)This is the third novel that I read by Kawabata, and the best so far. Beauty and Sadness and The Sound of the Mountain were good but not spectacular—they didn't do much for [...]

    26. درناهای سفید از روی بقچه‌ی دختر پرکشیدند و از برابر خورشید غروب که هنوز پیش چشم‌هایش بود، پرواز کردند.

    27. Esta é a história infeliz de Kikuji. Kikuji herda do pai uma coleção valiosa de utensílios para a cerimónia do chá. Estes objetos quando retirados do armário facilitam memórias e trazem com eles as duas amantes do pai. O escritor forja um violento "emaranhado" amoroso , que é contado com muita contenção pelo que cabe ao leitor fazer uso da imaginação para preencher os espaços vazios da narrativaA escrita é pictórica, detendo-se nos gestos (que são de grande importância no ritu [...]

    28. “Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.”-The Book of Tea by Kakuzo OkakuraThere is a man in the house. He is trapped. The walls that surround him are dripping with tainted memories; [...]

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