S Venal, Youthful First Person Narrators Grasp At Beauty And Romance Amid A Changing Japan In These Nine Stories, All Published In Japan In The Early S Tyler S Translation Captures Yasuoka S Effortless Style, Registering Dark But Delightful Impressions Of Youth Publishers [Shōtarō Yasuoka] ✓ The Glass Slipper and Other Stories (Dalkey Japanese Literature) (Dalkey Japanese Literature) [lusaka PDF] read Online è Weekly Sweet sometimes rather sad short stories, mainly about the author s childhood or teenage years as student , about his fears, sorrowas, joys, loves, relationships with mother and father, friends and girls which he loved before, during and short after war Clear, soft and beautiful stories I love the author s style of writing Shotaro Yasuoka is a ninety year old Japanese writer who started his career bedridden with spinal caries a rare form of TB that affects the spine , writing stories for half a century until the English speaking world saw fit to acknowledge his work in 2008 with ONE slim volume of stories Sometimes there s no fairness in the world.
These stories, which take place in post war Japan, concern the alienation, confusion and sadness that swept the country at this time, with focus on the aimlessness of adolescents, the quiet desperation of lower class servants, and soldiers adapting to a world without war The translation of these tales doesn t capture the Japanese spirit of the originals, since the translator Royall Tyler has used American English throughout, giving us pants, high schools, vacations, etc all a little out of line with the uniquely Japanese world being described Having said that, a

I was very excited about this as Shotaro Yasuoka is from Kochi But these stories are all set in Tokyo Shotaro gives us lots of aimless young men scratching a living and generally failing at life Poor old Japan One vague memory of my boyhood has to do with a sword dance, in which a man with a cushion strapped to his back, representing a baby, fights an enemy while at the same time wiping away his tears The baby on his back probably keeps the man from wielding his sword freely against his powerful foe, although he wouldn t dream of abandoning it, either I suppose that s why he s crying The dance was as boring as it could possibly be, as far as I was concerned, so why in the world did it linger on that way in a corner of my mind For one reason it sometimes comes back to me and plunges me into gloom Ah, the old Edo days I said to myself, t The Wandering Minstrel is the opening story to a collection of nine, featuring a young man who, after graduation, is lucky enough to land himself a job by making up a song for the company s owner He talks about his own lack of abilities in a deprecating fashion, and it is obvious that his colleagues despise him, but still he decides to stay on Just when he fears he will be sacked, his boss asks him whether he is interested in marrying his niece After all, the protagonist is young, lacking in wealth, and unmarried, and she comes with a dowry that is not to be sneezed at Because of her round face, he starts associating her with cows in a pasture like the ones in his nightmare and he just cannot go through with the engagement But he also can t blow her off, for fear of losing his job That s about the gist of it Isn t it a strange, little tale There is no real s

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