Saturday, June 03, 2006

another challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge only began a couple of days ago and I've already added another challenge for myself, and a rather large one at that as it's over 1000 pages.
In addition to the list of 10 books I posted here, I've started reading The Tale of Genji. I've been meaning to read it for a long time but I finally just dug in. At least I've also started the first book of my original list!

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  1. Wow. That is one big honkin' book. Strange...every copy I've seen in the States was a bit smaller than that. Do we have an abridged version I wonder.... Well, good luck with that!!

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  3. I believe there are abridged versions, and it's often available in 2 parts/2 books instead of one big one. There is also more than one translator (3 famous ones that I know of) so there are several versions to choose from.
    And thanks! I may need some luck! :)

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  4. WOW. I have too many book committment issues to read a book that long, but I certainly wish you the best!!!

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  5. I read a fictional book by Liza Dalby called the Tale of Murasaki about the woman who wrote the Tale of Genji. It was very good--someday I would like to read the Genji stories as well! Good luck on that one!

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  6. Thanks Andi and Danielle. I'm currently on Chapter 5 so I still have a very looooonnnngggg way to go!

    D, I've got a copy of Dalby's book here. It's been waiting for quite a while and I hope to read it later this year. Have you read her non-fiction book, Geisha, about her becoming the first non-Japanese to train as a geisha?

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  7. Is that the black square-ish one? I know I have another book by her, but I haven't read it, though I know it is about geishas (very helpful, aren't I?). I have thought geishas were really fascinating, so I have several books on them.

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  8. I had to look it up because I just have a normal paperback of it, but seems they reprinted it in that black edition. I read it quite a few years ago but think I remember finding it interesting at the time.
    I'm rather fascinated with geisha too, it's why I put Geisha of Gion on my Summer Reading List so I would finally get around to reading it. :)

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