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House of the Sleeping Beauties and Other Stories By Yasunari Kawabata Yukio Mishima Edward G. Seidensticker,

  • Title: House of the Sleeping Beauties and Other Stories
  • Author: Yasunari Kawabata Yukio Mishima Edward G. Seidensticker
  • ISBN: 9784770029751
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nobel prize winning author Yasunari Kawabata is noted for his combination of a traditional Japanese aesthetic with modernist, often surreal trends In these three tales, superbly translated by Edward Seidensticker, erotic fantasy is underlaid with longing and memories of past loves.In the title story, the protagonist visits a brothel where elderly men spend a chaste but leNobel prize winning author Yasunari Kawabata is noted for his combination of a traditional Japanese aesthetic with modernist, often surreal trends In these three tales, superbly translated by Edward Seidensticker, erotic fantasy is underlaid with longing and memories of past loves.In the title story, the protagonist visits a brothel where elderly men spend a chaste but lecherous night with a drugged, unconscious virgin As he admires the girl s beauty, he recalls his past womanizing, and reflects on the relentless course of old age In One Arm, a young girl removes her right arm and gives it to the narrator to take home for the night a surreal seduction follows as he tries to allay its fears, caresses it, and even replaces his own right arm with it.The protagonist of Of Birds and Beasts prefers the company of his pet birds and dogs to people, yet for him all living beings are beautiful objects which, though they give him pleasure, he treats with casual cruelty.Beautiful yet chilling, richly poetic yet subtly disturbing, these stories make compelling reading and reaffirm Kawabata s status as a world class writer.
    House of the Sleeping Beauties and Other Stories Nobel prize winning author Yasunari Kawabata is noted for his combination of a traditional Japanese aesthetic with modernist often surreal trends In these three tales superbly translated by Edward S

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    1. Nemureru bijo House of the Sleeping Beauties, Yasunari KawabataHouse of the Sleeping Beauties is a 1961 novella by the Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata It is a story about a lonely man, Old Eguchi, who continuously visits the House of the Sleeping Beauties in hope of something The titular house is an establishment where old men pay to sleep besides young girls that had been narcotized and happen to be naked, the sleeping beauties The old men are expected to take sleeping pills and share the be [...]

    2. I value the books whose plot has managed to stay etched in my mind Some of the novels I ve read are pleasant, but they are soon forgotten The ones that shape me and teach me are the most valued, of course but I keep a special place for those that I remember Kawabata s story is one of those And incidentally, it talks about memory, among other things It also speaks about the fear of death and the desire to prolong one s life through the elixir of youth about regrets and unfulfilled desires wept at [...]

    3. The aged have death and the young have love, and death comes once, and love comes over and over again.To love is a game of a brave heart To die a desire of a sullen heart a definite verb for the inevitable Akin to the broken heart sitting by the sea, pleading the waves to carry it like a child the loneliness of old age seeks the black sleet of death The ugliness of old age that whispered in The Sound of the Mountain , roars in this book like the stormy waves Eguchi hears as he nestles in supple [...]

    4. I ve got mixed feeling about this book The first story was okay, with some good messages that the author had to share about the fear of getting old and the way people experience their sexuality Though, the base of this story was repeated tiringly too much, with the old man visiting the place with the sleeping girls too much for it to keep being interesting Actually, in the end, the author didn t have anything new to add when the man was recalling old lovers or observing the girls bodies Then aga [...]

    5. I have stayed away from Kawabata until now, out of some misguided belief that he is too gloomy, too downbeat, even suicidal I am glad to be proven wrong, and to add another literary master to my future reading plans I started with this novella both because it is a teaser sampler of his style and because the synopsis sounded like a good companion piece to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Memories of My Melancholy Whores.The thematic is indeed similar old men searching for the company of young women in [...]

    6. I read House of the Sleeping Beauties with a knife in back It freaking betrayed to me too much feelings And yeah I didn t read in order The book jacket flap said The protagonist of Birds and Beasts prefers the company of his pet birds and dogs to people, yet for him all living beings are beautiful objects which, though they give him pleasure, he treats with casual cruelty For me Skip to story 3 Birds and Beasts Casual cruelty isn t precisely right Playing god is like it They make him happy in t [...]

    7. Recently, I have found myself daydreaming about my past partners, specifically the most intimate moments not for masturbatory purposes, nor because I long to go back and be with those girls, but because I find the openness, the opportunity that was afforded me in those moments, extraordinary That someone would let me, would want me to caress their bare skin, or kiss their thigh, still stuns me Then it occurs to me, while wandering through these pointless daydreams, that someday the skin I once c [...]

    8. A very beautiful book, forwarded by Gabriel Marquez It digs deep into the human soul and asks bold questions about desires that are considered unethical The beauty about Kawabata is that he doesn t refrain from giving unconvincing answers, as they, sometimes, are the best answers He used sex in a very delicate and decent way which I think is missed a lot in today s literature I m not sure how I ll think when I am in my late sixties, but I will definitely use this book to guide my soul then.Th [...]

    9. Ammetto di non essere granch esperta di cultura giapponese, e questo sicuramente un forte limite di questa recensione Le mie sono solo le opinioni di una lettrice occidentale immersa in una cultura occidentale, che legge adottando parametri che, per forza di cose, derivano da una conformazione del pensiero costruita da riflessioni e stili di vita proprie del mio tempo e del mio spazio E se vero che fondamentale saper fare distinzioni di luogo e di tempo, di ideologie e culture, anche vero che no [...]

    10. Besides having one of the fun last names to say aloud, Kawabata was the premier Modernist scribbler of twentieth century Japan House of Sleeping Beauties is a quick and creepy riff on aging, dying and sex three of the most universal themes our weak willed species share regardless of time, location and language This novella is framed within five increasingly troubling visits to a brothel of sorts that offers dirty old men the pleasure of spending a mostly chaste evening with very young and very [...]

    11. SESSO PER LA TERZA ETA Kawabata racconta di una casa di piaceri molto particolare frequentata esclusivamente da uomini anziani abbandonati, ahim , da vigore e prestanza fisica.Possono giacere per tutta la notte accanto a giovani vergini immerse in un sonno profondo e artificiale indotto da un potente sonnifero, possono percepire profumi, condividere il calore che emana dai corpi delle fanciulle, sfiorare la loro pelle candida, contemplarle o poco altro, ma sono sensazioni che si ampliano, aprend [...]

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