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Beauty and Sadness Paperback – January 30, 1996
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Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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Original Language: Japanese
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Oki and Otoko are such artists, creating beauty from sadness. Their illicit and doomed love affair deeply wounded their souls, with the despair of their lost child lasting far longer than the brief time they spent together. Oki chronicles their story in his novel "A Sixteen Year Old Girl," and Otoko paints, continually seeking to exorcise her feelings and expressing them on canvas.
Alternately, Keiko and Taichiro create sadness from beauty. Oki's child, Taichiro, is drawn into a web of revenge woven by Otoko's lesbian lover and protege Keiko. Whereas Oki and Otoko have made an uneasy peace, Keiko refuses to let it rest, and wants to punish Oki by taking his child in the same way he took Otoko's.
Kawabata's skill at language portraiture is what makes this such a fine book, drawing the reader into the downward spiral of the character's lives. Anyone familiar with his writing knows where the path is going, but the skill of his craft tenders the sadness with beauty. It is a soulful journey, leaving one with a bitter taste and the reality of lost love.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The image of the New Year's bells in Kyoto resonates so much within me that I had to read the novel again after a nine year hiatus.
Such wonderful prose.
As a Westerner, coming to great Japanese literature (I was introduced to this corp of work through the living works of Murakami and the classical pen of tenth century Sei Shonagon)... Read morePublished 14 months ago by travelswithadiplomat
I regret to say that this book just didn’t do it for me – and so, I remain (in a manner of speaking) in Rudyard Kipling’s camp. Apart from the chapter titled “A Rainy Sky” (pp. Read morePublished 17 months ago by R. Russell Bittner
This must be what they call "melodrama". It's worth reading once if you are a Kawabata fan, but the ending will make you wonder if they've already made a few versions of... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Gromer
The genius of this great writer is fully demonstrated in this story of passion between a woman and a man and betweeb a woman and a woman. Read morePublished on June 8, 2014 by Arthur Bloom