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Pagoda, Skull & Samurai

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collection of classic Japanese literature

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Tags: Classic Literature, Japanese Literature, Supernatural Fiction, Early 20th Century Literature
Author: K┼Źda Rohan, Chieko Irie Mulhern
Genre: Supernatural Fiction, Japanese
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
1 review about Pagoda, Skull & Samurai

A Quick Tip by voilodion2012

  • Sep 22, 2012
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A great English language introduction to the works of Koda Rohan, one of the classic authors from the Meiji Era. It is a great companion to Mulhern's biography of the author. The works included here are diverse in tone. "The Five Storied Pagoda" is a novella that is considered the author's most famous work, and it is undoubtedly the best story in the collection. "Encounter with a Skull" is a classic supernatural short story, which is well...short...but sweet. "The Bearded Samurai" is a historical novella set during the Warring States period. This might be a drag for many readers since it is heavy on exposition and is the longest story in the collection. Those who perservere will ultimately find it satisfying. Mulhern, the translator, has done an excellent job in presenting these tales with a complex prose reflective of the author's original style (although still much, much simpler than the real thing). Overall, this is the best option we have right now to enjoying this great man's classic works and I would recommend it to anyone interested in Japanese literature or classic Japanese fiction.
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September 24, 2012
Thanks for linking this to me. I'm kinda strapped for cash right now, but when that changes, I'll certainly get this on my Kindle PC (most of the physical editions look like they're out of print and pricey).
September 29, 2012
Are you sure? Have you checked the used Paperback copies? I got mine for about $2 on Amazon.
September 24, 2012
September 24, 2012
Thanks! Just wish I had more time to write a long and proper review. Maybe in the future when I reread it.
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