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5.0 out of 5 stars Beware the Fox, 27 Mar 2014
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J. Cooke "Morbid read" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tales from a Mountain Cave: Stories from Japan's Northeast (Paperback)
If you like great yarns and a surreal narrative that keeps you guessing, then you'll enjoy this as much as I did.

'Tales from a Mountain Cave' is a beguiling jigsaw of stories within stories, leading the reader from a plausible present into a fabled past and back again. The tales themselves are by turns frightening, bawdy and very, very funny, populated with a host of bizarre and entertaining characters, many of whom originate in Japanese folklore (foxes, kappa, mountain men). And there's a good twist in the tail at the end...

The introduction states that all royalties, and translation fees, relating to the publication will be directed to post-tsunami support projects in Northeast Japan. It is wonderful that the first English translation of these stories should be funding rebuilding efforts in the area of their inception. A great tribute to the writer and the region.
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5.0 out of 5 stars enchanting collection of folk tales, 10 Jan 2014
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I really enjoyed this collection of Japanese folk tales. The stories were enchanting, and the way in which they are woven into a greater narrative draws the reader in, making you as eager as the narrator is to hear the next one from the mysterious man living in a mountain cave.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stories, 13 Dec 2013
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These are great stories. Very funny. Really interesting to read about a part of Japan I didn't know much about before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, 11 Dec 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this short novel, which introduced me to a whole new region of Japan and its fascinating traditions. The translation is wonderful too and really brings the story to life.
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Tales from a Mountain Cave: Stories from Japan's Northeast by Hisashi Inoue (Paperback - 15 Nov 2013)
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