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Thousand Cranes Paperback – November 26, 1996
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—The Independent (London)
“Thousand Cranes has the qualities of the best Japanese writing: a stunning economy, delicacy of feeling, and a painter’s sensitivity to the visible world.”
Original Language: Japanese
Top Customer Reviews
In this story, the metaphor is skillfully brought to play in Kikuji, who has inherited his father's women and guilty past in the same way that he has inherited his tea cottage and collection or rare cups and utensils. Chikako, a discarded mistress of Kikuji's father, is the poisonous Master of tea, manipulating others with the same subtle skill she maneuvers the ceremony. In equal measure, Fumiko, daughter of Kikuji's father's favorite mistress, also struggles under the burden of inherited guilt, even while seeking to escape, giving her mother's tea items to Kikuji as gifts yet not able to free her mind with the same ease.
True to Kawabata's style, the unsaid rings much more loudly than the dialog, and surface tone of calm belies a raging whirlpool sucking the characters deeper and deeper. I found "Thousand Cranes" a captivating read, and was unable to put it down until I had finished the story. A small book, it does not lack for power.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm really of two minds about Kawabata. His terse,poetic writing is very inspiring and beautiful (even translated to English), and for someone from the West his stories and their... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bradford Hastreiter
Yasunari Kawabata’s prose infiltrates our senses redolent of the delicate memories of tea, drifting with equanimity across the page; there is a languor that lulls us into a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by travelswithadiplomat
Probably the best Japanese novel I've read in the last 10 year!Published 15 months ago by SGM Darrell D. Easter
Like all his books using very few words lot of untold worlds rise in the readers mind. Another great workPublished 16 months ago by Sethu Manakat
Stunning yet subtle--a form of literary alchemy. Kawabata, much like Mishima after him, transforms seemingly banal scenarios into beautifully rich scenes.Published 17 months ago by jason