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The Master of Go Paperback – May 28, 1996
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Instead, because this is Kawabata, we have an intimate portrait of three people, the two players and the author himself, basic and alive and honest human beings. Of course, there is a bit of metaphor and conclusions can be drawn, but ultimately the three people do not require any grandeur beyond there immediate status as human beings. It is enough.
The Master of Go himself, the highest available rank in the official Go association, is a portrait of obsession and dedication. He is only comfortable playing games, and even amidst his failing health and the demands of his retirement challenge, he ensnares anyone around him in any game possible, be in Mah Jong or Billiards. His opponent, a young yet high ranking challenger, has fought his way through a year-long tournament for the honor of being the opponent in the Master's final match. High strung, and with health issues of his own, he brings everything he has to defeat the Master in his last game. The author, a newspaper reporter assigned to cover the match which is being sponsored by his paper, unable to penetrate the minds of the two players, lays open his own feelings and interpretations while retaining a newspaperman's eye for reporting facts rather than speculation.Read more ›
Ooe and Kawabata both won the Nobel Prize. Kawabata and Yukio Mishima were reputed to be close friends, and both committed suicide. All three were psychologically devastated by Japan's crushing defeat in WW2 and by the 'disgraceful' submission of Japanese culture to Western influences during and after the Occupation. Only Mishima took the lurid path of nationalistic recrudescence, but all three could be superficially categorized as 'reactionaries' from a pro-modernist point of view.
Kawabata's style of writing is the polar opposite of Oe's. In Kawabata, silence is tension, immobility is excitation, not speaking tells much. The famous swept-pebble Zen garden might serve as an image of Kawbata's prose. A English translation can scarcely suggest the 'tea ceremony' restraint of Kawabata's writing in Japanese. His vocabulary of "kanji" -- the Chinese characters used for writing classical Japanese -- is daunting. That's the reason I gave up; I recognized that I couldn't pragmatically afford the time to learn 20,000 kanji, any more than I could devote myself to mastery of Go.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i guess this is a journalism story turned into a novel, but not too intriguing. you don't have to understand the game Go in order to enjoy the portrait of the old master of Go,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thomas A. Dengler
Even though "The Go Master" is a story of Shusei Mejin's last game between Shusei Mejin and Otake. However, I think, in this book, the story line is a mixture of Shusei Meijin vs... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Steve Sun
Engaging and enthralling. He makes you feel for the people involved in the story. This book is a lot more journalistic and driven by action. Read morePublished 14 months ago by pineywoods85
According to the introduction to the book there is a word in Japanese (shōsetsu - literally: "short story") which means a fictionalized account of an historical happening. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Chris Ziesler
I love go and was looking forward to reading a book about go that even non players liked :)
However, I found the book to be rather boring. Read more
Written in the early days of WWII, this autumnal biography is based upon a real person. The Master, who always plays white and never loses, is regarded as superhuman and an emblem... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jeffrey Huntington
I got this book a couple of years ago. I just love it. I am happy to see Kindle finaly got it. Being a lover of the game of Go, or igo as it is known in Japan, I really get into... Read morePublished 23 months ago by eric v. c. carlson
Even if you do not play Go or have any interest in it, this story of the last match of an aging and ill master against a much younger and more aggressive player of high rank will... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Allan H. Clark