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The story of the doomed love affair of a wealthy sophisticate, Shimamura, and the geisha Komako, at a mountain hotspring resort in western Japan, one of the snowiest regions on earth.

©1984 Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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  • just asking for some common sense
  • 19-03-2019

A beautifully written book

I'm listening to books I read decades ago to see of they're still among my favorites. Kawabata is one of my favorite authors and this is considered his masterpiece. I was about to give it 4 stars. As I started writing my review I realized what the ending was all about. So if I could give it 4.75 stars I would, but 4 is too few. Japanese literature is one of my favorite genres, but it can take some getting used to. This is about a man from Tokyo and a geisha. It's set in a snowy area of Japan that's popular with travelers. I love the female lead character who is much younger than the male. As time in the story passes by we see different facets of her. I think it's better to savor this book over at least a couple of days and not to read or listen in one sitting, despite its short length. The ending was a complete surprise even though I read this in the mid 1980s. The Japanese really have mastered the novella, but there is so much to many of these books. I hope Audible continues to expand their offerings of Japanese literature. There were hardly any when I first signed up, but there are more choices all the time.

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  • Douglas
  • 24-04-2016

The Tragedy...

of a woman socially beneath the love she desires, a fragile girl, and a man not quite capable of truly loving either of them.

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  • Victor Goldin
  • 07-02-2017

A n exploration of being human

As Russian literature is so informative about the darker side of hunaness this amazing Japanese novel explores the paradoxes of love.

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  • 13-11-2019

a good story

A good story but I really didn't like the narrator doing a silly lady voice...

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  • Yoshay
  • 17-07-2018

Eloquent like an undisturbed surface of water

I really enjoyed this quiet narrative about a powerful and tragic love between the wealthy but lonely male protagonist Shimamura from Tokyo and Komako a provincial geisha in the remote town of Yuzawa. Wonderfully narrated this is a tale that leaves one wistful and sad

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  • 25-03-2013

Didn't finish it

I bought this after I heard good reviews on BBC Radio 4's " A good read" . I was disappointed. It was very slow-moving and too descriptive for me.

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