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    Literary Classics - Set in Japan

    I'm just wondering if any of you knew any GOOD books that have been set in Japan.

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    Re: Literary Classics - Set in Japan

    Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (I think) is my best suggestion. Even though all the geisha complain it isn't true blah blah blah it's still a good read. Gives a lot of info about Geisha, and is entirely FICTIONAL.

    I also enjoyed Totto-chan: The Girl by the Window, which might seem too childish for other people but nothing is too childish for you and me, huh Sazuka ^^? It's about a "bad-girl" girl who went to a unique school in Japan.

    And if you are into Japanese history, I suggest Japanese Inn, which is less boring to read than A History of Japan (oh god kill me now).
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    Re: Literary Classics - Set in Japan

    Well, it looks like Sei is an expert.

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    Re: Literary Classics - Set in Japan

    No, I just go through the library looking for books of Japanese authors or about Japan XD. No, not an expert, just obsessed.
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    Re: Literary Classics - Set in Japan

    anything by Natsume Soseki. hes been referred to as the "charles dickens of japan"
    i personally recommend "Kokoro" and "I Am a Cat".

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    Re: Literary Classics - Set in Japan

    James Clavell's Shogun is a must read. Clavell is a very thorough researcher so the novel, despite being fiction, gives a very accurate representation of 17th Century Japan.
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    Re: Literary Classics - Set in Japan

    Are you into samurai/swordplay/bushido/etc.?
    Then try "the book of five rings."

    If not, try "the pillow book".
    It's highly random:
    Entries in a diary from a girl named Sei Shonagon who lived at a Japanese court during the rule of empress Sadako.

    I'll try to dig up some more out of a pile I have laying around here...somewhere.

    I guess it doesn't need to be from a Japanese writer.
    Just tell me which genre(s) you like.


    Edit: an easier way to learn about some famous japanese books is:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_literature

    Again, only japanese authors.
    Last edited by Hassun; Aug 23, 2005 at 01:44 PM.

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    Re: Literary Classics - Set in Japan

    Quote Originally Posted by Hassun
    Are you into samurai/swordplay/bushido/etc.?
    I guess it doesn't need to be from a Japanese writer.
    Just tell me which genre(s) you like.
    Yeah, I'm not really looking for books that you couldn't find in a local library. I'm up for pretty much any genre as long as the book has positive reviews.

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