Beauty and Sadness

Beauty and Sadness

Book - 1975
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Publisher: New York : Knopf : distributed by Random House, [1975]
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780394460550
0394460553
Characteristics: 206 p. ; 22 cm

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One expects a lot from a Nobel prize-winning fiction writer, and boy does Kawabata deliver! This is his last novel, and it made me want to read his entire corpus, especially: Snow Country, Thousand Cranes, The Sound of the Mountain.​ Slowly yet suspensefully paced. Light yet dark. Astonishingly e... Read More »


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May 19, 2015

One day while writing a letter Otoko happened to open the dictionary to the character for "think." As she scanned its other meanings ("Yearn for," "be unable to forget," "be sad") she felt her chest tighten. She was afraid to touch the dictionary - Oki was even there. Innumerable words reminded her of him. To link whatever she saw and heard with her love was nothing less than to be alive. Her awareness of her body was inseparable from her memory of his embrace. p. 160

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