Ex Libris Kirkland

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Translator Royall Tyler
First Written 1050
Genre Fiction
Origin Japan
Publisher Penguin Classics
My Copy library copy
First Read January 24, 2023

The Tale of Genji

Meh? I need a guide for this, I think. Doesn’t have the natural charm of other old difficult literature - which I usually like! Chaucer for example is old and not very novel-shaped, but I have so much cultural affinity for it. Genji feels pretty foreign!

On the other hand… it’s a thousandyear old ‘novel’ from Japan. Foreign is maybe part of the appeal here? IDK.

Noted on January 24, 2023

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