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3.0 out of 5 stars A well-crafted but uninteresting attempt at austerity, 24 Mar 1999
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This review is from: A Thousand Cranes (Vintage International) (Paperback)
The book seems intriguing enough; it is said to be written with brush strokes, like a Japanese painting. In fact, I found it pompous, vapid, and self-enamored. True, it has charm in that it is not long-winded, and some of Kawabata's symbolism is well-crafted. What the book has in skill and craft it lacks in insight and interest.
Admittedly, Thousand Cranes is a book that every reader will react to somehow, which is makes it a better accomplishment than some other novels. Some readers will no doubt react with awe; I personally reacted with revulsion.
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Initial post: 22 Jan 2013 15:08:58 GMT
Hywel James says:
It would have been interesting and of some importance to know whether this reviewer had read the book in the original language (Japanese) or in the English translation. Myself, I would have been rather chary of making such criticisms of a book if I had not read it in the language in which it had been written.
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