Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Japanese Literature Read-along

Japanese Literature Read-along

Running concurrently with the Japanese Literature Book Group, this is a casual reading group for those selected titles that are perhaps longer, for which we could all use some mutual cheer-leading, or that would benefit from a closer reading. The schedule will vary depending on the length of the books.

Current selection:

There are no read-alongs currently scheduled for 2012.
However, we will be reading and discussing several shorter Japanese classics for the Japanese Literature Book Group. Please see the Japanese Literature Book Group schedule for more information.

Previous selections:

I Am a CatI Am a Cat by Soseki Natsume

Volume One - November 15th, 2009
Volume Two - December 15th, 2009
Volume Three - February 15th, 2010

* These are the corresponding page numbers in the Three Volumes in One Edition from Tuttle Publishing (ISBN: 080483265X): Volume One (p. 3 - 156), Volume Two (p. 159 - 355), Volume Three (p.359 - 638).

The Wind-up Bird ChronicleThe Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Book One - March 15th, 2010
Book Two - April 15th, 2010
Book Three - May 15th, 2010

*These are the corresponding page numbers for either the Vintage US [ISBN: 978-0679775430] or UK [ISBN: 978-0099448792] trade paperback editions: Book One (p. 3 - 172), Book Two (p. 173 - 338), Book Three (p. 339 - 607).

The Makioka SistersThe Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki

Book One - July 15th, 2010
Book Two - August 15th, 2010
Book Three - September 20th, 2010

*These are the corresponding page numbers for both the Vintage US [ISBN: 978-0679761648] or UK [ISBN: 978-0749397104] trade paperback editions: Book 1 (p. 3 - 150), Book 2 (p. 151 - 326), Book 3 (p. 327 - 530).

The Pillow BookThe Pillowbook of Sei Shōnagon

The diary-style and lack of a continuous narrative makes this an ideal candidate for an extra leisurely-paced read-along. Read-along started in February 2010, and was completed in the autumn.

*Please note that for this read-along, I read and referred to the Penguin Classics edition [ISBN: 978-0140448061] translated by Meredith McKinney. To access the detailed discussions of various sections, please refer to the 'Pillow Book' Friday page.

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  1. Hi Nat :D

    First, what a beautiful site you added for the read-along.

    I won't be able to participate in the first one but hope to in the second and so on.

    this is a terrific idea!

  2. Thanks Sylvie! I hope you'll be able to join us in some of our future read-alongs.

  3. Great selections. I think I can join up with the Tanizaki and the Ōe.

  4. Rise - I look forward to chatting about these books with you.


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