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  • Title: The Diary of Lady Murasaki
  • Author: Murasaki Shikibu Richard Bowring
  • ISBN: 9780140435764
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Paperback
  • When I go out to sit on the veranda and gaze,I sem to be always conjuring up visions of the past The Diary recorded by Lady Murasaki c 973 c 1020 , author of The Tale of Genji, is an intimate picture of her life as tutor and companion to the young Empress Shoshi Told in a series of vignettes, it offers revealing glimpses of the Japanese imperial palace the auspicious When I go out to sit on the veranda and gaze,I sem to be always conjuring up visions of the past The Diary recorded by Lady Murasaki c 973 c 1020 , author of The Tale of Genji, is an intimate picture of her life as tutor and companion to the young Empress Shoshi Told in a series of vignettes, it offers revealing glimpses of the Japanese imperial palace the auspicious birth of a prince, rivalries between the Emperor s consorts, with sharp criticism of Murasaki s fellow ladies in waiting and drunken courtiers, and telling remarks about the timid Empress and her powerful father, Michinaga The Diary is also a work of great subtlety and intense personal reflection, as Murasaki makes penetrating insights into human psychology her pragmatic observations always balanced by an exquisite and pensive melancholy.In his illuminating introduction, Richard Bowing discusses what is known of Murasaki s life, and the religion, ceremonies, costumes, architecture and politics of her time, to explain the cultural background to her vivid evocation of court life This edition also includes an explanation of Japanese names and dates, appendices and updated further reading.Translated and introduced by RICHARD BOWRING
    The Diary of Lady Murasaki When I go out to sit on the veranda and gaze I sem to be always conjuring up visions of the past The Diary recorded by Lady Murasaki c c author of The Tale of Genji is an intimate picture

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    1. PrefaceA Note on Japanese Names and DatesIntroduction Cultural Background, The Author, The Diary The Diary of Lady MurasakiAppendix 1 Ground plans and MapAppendix 2 Additional SourcesA Guide to Further Reading

    2. It has come to my attention through that I m quite the slow reader nowadays Personally I blame the Internet, or rather I spend a great deal of time reading, but of it turns out to be silly digital articles than books The upside of all this that when I do finish a book it becomes quite a significant milestone in my mind This would explain why I feel there is so much to say about this rather slim thing of a diary left to us by Lady Murasaki, author of The Tale of Genji and court lady and tutor to [...]

    3. There s no meaning to the star rating here, so I forgo it This was a very odd reading experience the editor and translator of the Penguin edition seemed most keen to stop me reading the actual diary itself He stressed, time and again, that it s very hard to understand what s going on and there s really not that much here etc etc Well, that s true On the other hand, the actual diary is very short, Bowring s annotations, introductions and appendices are helpful, and, unless we ve all been massivel [...]

    4. The Diary of Lady Murasaki written by Murasaki Shikibu and translated by Richard Bowring isn t for everyone It begins as a very detailed record of the birth of a new Prince in the Heian Japanese Court, as seen through Murasaki s eyes Detailing all the costume and rituals of the court, some readers may get bored of reading paragraphs dedicated to a certain woman s ceremonial dress or what exactly happens on the 5th day of a Prince s life Later it becomes reflective on Murasaki s life and the liv [...]

    5. So I m doing a lil survey of Heian period female written literature consisting of six books The Diary of Lady Murasaki, The Tale of Genji, As I Crossed A Bridge of Dreams, The Gossamer Years, The Pillow Book, and The Confessions of Lady Nijo okay, technically that last one is Kamakura period but what s a century among friends Murasaki s diary was a little disappointing, honestly This from the author of the world s first novel arguably Fairly dry with its dogged insistence of random details, told [...]

    6. Less a memoir and a series of pretty, impressionistic word pictures, strung together like Christmas cards little sketches of a fussy, formal, effete world, long gone It is still the depth of night The moon has clouded over, darkening the shadows under the trees There come voices Can we open the shutters But the servants will not be ready yet Attendant Open up Then the bell for the dawn watch suddenly wakes everyone up and the Ritual of the Five Mystic Kings begins I was absent from the mansion [...]

    7. I want to reveal all to you, the good and the bad, worldly matters and private sorrows, things that I cannot really go on discussing in this letter But, even though one may be thinking about and describing someone objectionable, should one really go on like this, I wonder But you must find life irksome at times I know you do, as you can see Write to me with your own thoughts no matter if you have less to say than all my useless prattle, I would love to hear from you.The problem with a text like [...]

    8. One had a little fault in the colour combination at the wrist opening When she went before the Royal presence to fetch something, the nobles and high officials noticed it Afterwards, Lady Saisho regretted it deeply It was not so bad only one colour was a little too pale That s it That sums up much of the Heian period writing.Which is both wrong, and unfair, but I tell you it doesn t miss the mark I mean, there s a reason it s considered a kind of golden age Golden age for the nobility in the Cou [...]

    9. One word of advice if you don t know anything about Japanese history or culture and have the Penguin Classics edition, read the introduction, including the notes about Japanese naming It is so much helpful in understanding what s going on if you do.Since this was the diary of an actual woman, there s not much to say other than that there are a lot of descriptions of clothing, some amusing moments, and the most interesting parts happen on pages 47 59, when she examines the characters of the wome [...]

    10. As a diary, I can t in fairness give this a star rating Who am I to judge the star worth of someone s experiences and thoughts Anyway, I read this book a because oh my God a diary from 1000 years ago I just have to and b Murasaki, who wrote the first novel Though I didn t quite expect the elaborate detail on clothing and rituals, it was interesting to see what great importance these elements had at the time While I was hoping for some personal thoughts, what I got was surprisingly relatable and [...]

    11. It s a slim volume, and indeed in the introduction by Richard Bowring, it is general consensus that the diary as I was holding in my hands is fragments of what it was Which is a shame because it would have been a beautiful piece of history as a whole Instead we are left to mere speculation for a lot of parts, including as to why the tone changes from a journal style to that of a letter written to an intimate.Indeed the theories for this are expounded in the thorough introduction which covers Jap [...]

    12. Murasaki, I could listen all day to your seesawing between bitching about the other women at court and attacks of shame at your own spiteful pettiness the appendix of the edition I have includes excerpts from the diaries of other people who were present at the events Murasaki was recording, which cement my suspicion that men are boring.

    13. La bloguera Murasaki nos abre la puerta de otro mundo, describiendo con detalle las modas y costumbres de la corte Heian Es fascinante por recorrer un mundo desaparecido, pero le falta la profundidad que s tienen otros textos de la poca.

    14. ok be enerek okudu um kitaplardan biri oldu Bekletti ime z ld m biraz ama o arada Murasaki nin en nl eseri Genji Monogatari nin 2009 yap m olan animesini izlemek istemi tim asl nda okumak istedim ama evirisi yok T rk e de, bu kitaba yle rastlam t m zaten, Genji yi ararken ve onu da bitirmem uzun s rd.Kitab m z Heian d neminde ya am , baz ara t rmac lar n d nyan n en eski roman olarak kabul etti i Genji Monogatari nin yazar olan Murasaki Shikibu nun nedimelik yapt d nemleri anlatt 3 ciltten kitab [...]

    15. This edition is very up front about what may well be its only major failing, it doesn t contain the poetry that Murasaki included throughout Richard Bowring, in the extremely helpful and informative introduction, explains that he felt that they would not be of interest to the intended reader and that he didn t feel he was up to the task of translating them and maintaining their poetry and often very obscure meanings and references I ve, perhaps cruelly, taken off a star in recognition of their o [...]

    16. It feels rather odd reviewing someone s diary you can hardly critique the plot or characters, and I doubt it was written in the hope of being a great literary work, so it would be strange to comment on the language and form I guess what I can talk about is my enjoyment of the book, and how it made me feel.Lady Murasaki is often credited as having written the first ever novel, The Tale of Genji, in the 11th century, and I was interested in reading a snippet of the life of a woman who lived during [...]

    17. I wanted to read a non Western memoir and a memoir from Japan s medieval era the Heian period , a delicate, diaphanous world of gossip, court frivolity, fastidious fashion, and secret musings and longings Murasaki Shikibu is known for writing the world s first novel, and reading her vignettes about her daily life at court are a treat She does have a pensiveness about her, a pervasive melancholy, but it s an exquisite melancholy to be adored This memoir contains beautiful sentences and observatio [...]

    18. I read The Diary of Lady Murasaki in preparation for another attempt on The Tale of Genji The Diary is a slight work in every sense of the word, registering at 66 pages not counting the 44 pages of introductory material, well put together by Richard Bowring You think the English Royal family has it tough Japanese court life was and by all accounts, to some degree still is incredibly insular and stultifying And it was doubly tough on the female members of the royal family and their entourage Bowr [...]

    19. Non vel officiis aut placeat ab Dolor placeat neque Ex et perferendis repellendus Doloribus et beatae occaecati necessitatibus quasi ut Ipsum aut qui quas consequuntur voluptatem.

    20. inan lmaz g zel bir kitap Esin Esen in giri inde verdi i bilgiler kitab n okunmas n kolaylastirmakla birlikte Heian d nemi ile ilgili ciddi bilgiler edinmenize sebep oluyor.

    21. Som historiskt dokument r det uppenbarligen en viktig bok ven om f rh llandevis m nga dagb cker fr n denna period tycks ha bevarats som beskriver dagsh ndelser vid hovlivet i Japan under 1000 talet Det har ocks en viss charm att l sa fragment om de sm intriger och konflikter som gde rum som p minner om att vi m nniskor trots de stora f r ndringarna samh llet genomg tt sedan den tiden p m nga s tt r desamma som vi var d.Problemet med boken, som med m nga dagb cker, r att det r fragmentariskt och [...]

    22. Si por alguna esot rica raz n eres un freak impenitente del Jap n Heian, el diario de Murasaki es mucho m s interesante que cualquier libro de historia La edici n es preciosa detallad sima con la faja y las letras y la contra en color morado , bien corregida y llena de notas explicativas, transcripciones en hiragana y r maji, mapas y hasta rboles geneal gicos.Eso s cualquier persona que no ame Jap n profundamente odiar el libro.

    23. It was interesting because despite how old it is, in the end it felt modern The same emotions, the same ideas expressed I felt for when she felt depressed and really identified with how she felt about the tale of genji There was a LOT of descriptions of women s robes and their colors.

    24. Estou gostando do Genji Monogatari, mas Desculpa Murasaki, entre o seu di rio e o Livro do Travesseiro, sou mais o da Sei Shonagon p

    25. I found this book funny and warm She shows her thoughts and feelings of the time She is rule bound and good narrator.

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