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4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult, rewarding, but no audio!, 10 May 2009
This review is from: Exploring Japanese Literature: Reading Mishima, Tanizaki and Kawabata in the Original (Perfect Paperback)
The book follows the same format as Murray's excellent 'Breaking into Japanese Literature' ie short grammar explanations and kanji explanations at the footer of each page and simultaneous translation facing the original text.

The texts are less 'gothic' than Murray's BIJL choices and I personally find them more difficult but more rewarding - they are well selected and well supported (except for lack of audio, see below).

The format, online forum and choice are not to be faulted and it is very satisfying to read unadulterated Japanese quality literature.

The only caveats are:

- the texts are of a relatively high level of difficulty in the domain of Japanese readers (suggest those approaching JLPT 2 and onward, or you may become frustrated quickly)
- there is no audio, which is a major drawback; it is not possible to shadow read the text or listen and repeat

If Mr Murray could provide audio on the support forums that would provide a very much better product consistent with BIJL and 'Read Real Japanese'
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