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Basho's Narrow Road: Spring and Autumn Passages (Rock Spring Collection of Japanese Literature) Paperback – September 1, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-1880656204 ISBN-10: 1880656205

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  • Series: Rock Spring Collection of Japanese Literature
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Stone Bridge Press (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880656205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880656204
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A remarkable translation.... the most accessible version in English." -Cor Van Den Heuvel -- -Cor Van Den Heuvel

"A remarkable translation.... the most accessible version in English." -Cor Van Den Heuvel -- Review

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Japanese

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I recommend "Basho's Narrow Road" to people that enjoy Japanese poetry, especially Haiku.
Reader Views
Pretty clearly the best translation since Nobuyuki Yuasa's for Penguin (1966), but the thing that concerns me here is the production of the Kindle edition.
Simon Esposito
And it came a day before it was supposed to, which made my life easier (twas a book for class)!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Giant Panda on June 23, 2009
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Basho is an 18th century Japanese poet who was a leader in the art of Haibun - or Haiku prose. In this book he describes a pilgrimage he made across Japan, visiting sites associated with earlier poets along the way. The translation is clear and beautiful. I found the introduction and notes to be extremely helpful in understanding and appreciating the work, even though I had almost no background in Japanese poetry prior to this. Definitely recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reader Views on September 27, 2006
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Matsuo Basho (1644-94) was a famous Japanese haiku poet. In 1689, he took a 1,233 mile journey across Japan. His travels lasted five months. He was joined by his friend Kawai Sora. Basho wrote about this trip. He titled it, "Oku No Hosomichi," which translates to "Narrow Road to the Interior." This story is considered to be a masterpiece of Japanese literature. He took four years to write it and revise it.

Basho started this trip when his house burned down. He had two goals. One goal was spiritual; it involved "poetic truth." The other goal was a practical one in which he would use his travels to become well known as a poet. Sora developed stomach problems and had to end his travels with Basho. Basho wrote a short piece for him. In the second part of this book, there is a translation of "A Farewell Gift to Sora."

Basho funded his travels with donations from wealthy friends and students. He felt that there were three types of poets. The first type is confused noisemakers. The second type is wealthy people who desire to write instead of gossip. The third type is poets who work hard at writing true poetry. These poets write to "soothe their heart." Basho was the third type of poet.

Hiroaki Sato includes annotations to go along with the writings. This adds richness to the story and helps explain more about the culture and what was happening at the time. I read the story first with the annotations to gain understanding of what I was reading; then I went back and reread the story by itself so that I could feel how it flowed. Without the annotations, I would have enjoyed Basho's story, but I would not have understood much of what was written. Sato also includes pages of notes and commentaries.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon Esposito on July 14, 2013
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Pretty clearly the best translation since Nobuyuki Yuasa's for Penguin (1966), but the thing that concerns me here is the production of the Kindle edition. I get the feeling that the text itself was lovingly prepared: clean, typo-free text, error-free line justification (what a relief!), and actively linked notes. I find it better than the print edition (the notes are less obtrusive). So overall I don't regret buying it.

But I am a little disappointed with the illustrations, which are poorly integrated with the text. Often they are too far from the passage they illustrate (spoiling the flow), and the captions easily get confused with the text (looking like the many lines of poetry quoted). They are also reproduced at a rather low resolution.

They are fine, characterful drawings by Yosa Buson done in 1779, but I would prefer to do without them altogether if they can't be handled better. I wonder if it could work if the text was broken into sections corresponding to the illustrations, each section starting on a fresh page, and the illustrations (with captions preferably integral to them) placed at the BEGINNING of each section? Or if the illustrations were placed in a separate section, each one linked to the relevant text in the body of the book?

P.S. Both the print edition and the Kindle edition are rather poor at keeping translations of lines of verse (as well as poem titles on the Kindle) distinct from the main text. The original Japanese is printed in italics, but the translations are in font identical to the main text - something which keeps tripping me up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Snow on August 31, 2013
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I love the book, which I often take with me on vacation trips. It has gone to the beach, to Indiana, to France, and now to Utah.

It is a thoughtful, meditative poetic book.

All that said, reading it on the Kindle requires special patience. There are many references to check and that means lots of navigation.
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By J. Reber on March 15, 2014
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For anyone interested in Japanese poetry, and its history, this is a fascinating book. It is a translation of the significant historical book of travel throughout Japan in 1689 written by the famous Japanese poet Basho. What makes this book so enjoyable is the added scholarship by the translating author who has added not just the translation of Basho's book, but research and notes explaining the context of each of the poems and the places where Basho traveled. My only criticism is the way the added notes have been organized separately, away from the pertinent poems. Had the notes and explanatory material been put on facing pages, for example, it would have made reading the book much more friendly and easier to negotiate, and that would have earned 5 big stars.
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