This is a very interesting book, allowing readers to gain an insight into a long forgotten time in history. Shonagon fills her book with details about life in the Japanese court. The characters are all interesting and timeless. From reading this book you are certainly transported to another world entirely, where different things are regarded as important within the society, such as poetry for expressing emotions, especially between lovers or potential lovers.
Ivan Morris also adds to this book, by providing very detailed and informative notes to accompany the text.
I enjoyed this book very much, however, if there is one problem I have with it, it is that Shonagon often appears very opinionated which at times I found quite irritating. However, the book is supposed to have been produced originally as a private piece, so perhaps I shouldn't fault her for that!
That said, I do rate this book highly. After all, it certainly takes you to another place and another time.