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3.0 out of 5 stars A certain charm, 9 April 2012
This review is from: Thousand Cranes (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
An easy read and an evocative story about love, desire and attraction in the context of ancient customs, in this case the Japanese tea ceremony. But as a novel I found this rather lacking in character development and plot. Not much actually happens, and when it does I didn't really feel very involved because we hadn't been made to care enough about the characters.

I read this because the author won a nobel prize for literature, and it's true there is a certain charm and sadness to the relationships between the main character, a wealthy man in his twenties, and an older woman, his dead father's ex-lover, who he finds himself attracted to, and also his attraction for a younger woman, who he wishes to marry.

But I expected more. There is a sparseness to the writing that perhaps goes too far, in that it leaves so much unsaid, and I felt that possibly the translation from the original Japanese could have been better, as often the English lacked finesse. So overall, worth reading, but don't expect a great novel.
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