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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2011
It was ok, I suppose - but it all felt too literary for me. It didn't really feel like it went anywhere, and the characters didn't seem to grow. It had some interesting insights into humanity, but it just wasn't engrossing enough for me. I think I just prefer a plot-filled book to these sort of "vignettes". YMMV
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I read this book having rather enjoyed one of Kawabata's others - A Thousand Cranes - and found his subtle yet powerful style intriguing and potentially attractive. He may well have been some kind of genius in terms of his style but, whilst I perservered to the end of Snow Country, the plot is so miserable and the main character so unsympathetic (a philandering husband who is wealthy enough not to need to work and can spend long vacations away from his family and whose main artistic interest is in western ballet) that I could not honestly say I got much enjoyment from the book. In fact, writing this review now, it seems to me that if I had read Snow Country first, then I probably would never have bothered with A Thousand Cranes.
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11 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 1999
Simply put, Snow Country is an incomplete work which tiptoes around the weakly-told tale of a vacationing husband and his relationship with an atypical geisha.
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