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[Saturday Reads | #DecolonizeBookshelves2022] Loves Restrained in Yasunari Kawabata’s “Thousand Cranes”

"Perhaps people were progressively harder to paint in the mind as they were near one, loved by one." - Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata


Myra here.

Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few posts where we will just write about our thoughts on read-alouds, libraries, reading journals, upcoming literary conferences, books that we are excited about, and just book love miscellany in general.

Thousand Cranes [Amazon | Book Depository]

Written by Yasunari Kawabata Translated by Edward G. Seidensticker Published by Vintage (1996, first published 1952) Original Title: 千羽鶴 [Sembazuru] ISBN: 0679762655 (ISBN13: 9780679762652) Bought a copy of the book. 

This is the fifteenth book that I am reviewing / featuring as part of our #DecolonizeBookshelves2022 reading theme from my target list of 25 books (for this year) from This Is The Canon: Decolonize Your Bookshelf In 50 Books (Amazon | Book Depository).

My book log indicates that I started reading the book on October 09 and finished it on October 12.

While I did not find myself connecting to the story, I was struck by how intimacies are powerfully restrained in the story – yet marked by such remarkable depth of feeling that is unmistakable. It is also a cautionary tale of what holding back can cost people who are eternally confined by propriety and demands imposed on people by virtue of their perceived social status – a life that will constantly be undergirded with inexplicable longings and pervasive unhappiness.

#DecolonizeBookshelves2022 Update: 104 out of target 100

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

1 comment on “[Saturday Reads | #DecolonizeBookshelves2022] Loves Restrained in Yasunari Kawabata’s “Thousand Cranes”

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