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on 27 March 2014
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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on 10 January 2014
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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on 11 December 2013
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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on 13 December 2013
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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on 30 July 2015
Would thoroughly recommend this book. The translation is excellent and proceeds go to the area of Japan that was badly hit by the earthquake and tsunami.
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