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Lady Murasaki sounds like a stripper name in Japanese!,
This review is from: Hannibal Rising (Hardcover)
I am still reading this book, and at this point (p.73/323), already know that I like it. On the whole, it's elegantly written and compelling, like all the other Thomas Harris books, which I've been collecting and reading.
But I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to bring myself to BUY it and add it to my library.
Here's the reason:
Murasaki Shikibu is a gloriously refined name, in the context of classical Japanese literature.
But as a name for a 20th century Japanese woman, "Lady Murasaki" is the kind of name that works perfectly... for a stripper,
shibari mistress (working in CA), or a glamourous tranny! Try the sound of it out on your Japanese friends, you will probably get a nervous giggle or two.
Reading the book, somehow I don't get the impression that this was the author's intention, despite her sensuality and volupte. The character drawn by Mr Harris reminds me of Countess Harumi, the last wife of the painter Balthus. But the name! Just can't get over it... that's the only reason why I give it 3 stars, instead of 4.