Dolce Bellezza is hosting a Japanese Literature Challenge. I’ve had my eye on this one for quite awhile, but couldn’t decide if I really had the time to take it on. But my hectic November is over. Most of my holiday shopping is done (although not mailed yet). So I’ve decided to accept her challenge and attempt to read 3 pieces of Japanese literature between now and the end of January!
Japanese literature has been a real interest to me for a long time, so I have quite a few books by Japanese authors already sitting on my shelves. I’m not going to choose my beautifully bound, two-volume boxed edition of Tale of Genji because that one will have to be a summer project (or a challenge unto itself!). I thought I might reread Woman in the Dunes, and then watch the fantastic film version again, but the book has been loaned to someone and not returned. So it’s time to dust off three other books and start reading! Here are my choices:
- The Makioka Sisters, by Junichiro Tanizaki (a book that’s been on my shelf for several years, a gift for participating in the University of Washington’s East Asia Seminar for teachers.)
- Thousand Cranes, by Yasunari Kawabata (an author that won the Nobel Prize for Literature)
- Twenty-four Eyes, by Sakae Tsuboi (Tanabata recommended this book, and because it’s a story about a teacher, I thought it sounded really interesting.)