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