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Cryptic, delicate and dignified.,
This review is from: The Old Capital (Paperback)
The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata seems to exist for the single purpose of making me look like a complete and utter liar. It tells the story of Chieko, the adopted daughter of a Kyoto kimono designer and his wife. But Chieko was abandoned when she was but a baby and her past comes back to haunt her like the ghost of old Kyoto, of pre-war Kyoto influences the way the city has changed and evolved into a speck of ravaged dust on the fabric of a new Japan. It's the kind of novel that I really wouldn't think I could enjoy. Its focus is primarily on kimono and obi designs, on nature and the relationship between nature and man. And yet. And yet I found it touching and delicate, fragile in the sense that too deep a critique could damage the precious balance of its narrative. Certainly enjoyable for those familiar with Kawabata's other works, but not a book I'd recommend for those looking for a complex plot.
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Initial post: 3 Oct 2008 10:18:41 BDT
I. M. Forrest says:
"And yet I found it touching and delicate, fragile in the sense that too deep a critique could damage the precious balance of its narrative."
If this reviewer has not already done so,they should explore the Tao - it is already in you.
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