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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage International Ed edition (Jan. 30 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679761047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679761044
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I started reading this book because it was based on an onsen geisha by the name of Matsuei. You can see her picture on Wikipedia. I like his writing style but because there is no plot the book comes across as very boring.
When the book is taken into Japanese context it becomes a piece of art.
Modern geishas are motivated by art and culture. The geishas in the early 1900's were motivated by money. Older married men are attracted to geishas, not young bachelors. If a woman becomes a geisha she would know that she was giving up the prospect of finding a husband. She will always be the number two woman in any mans life. The Japanese readers would know this.
The Japanese consider a wilted flower more beautiful than a flower in bloom. The characters are going in this direction.
The Japanese also have something called Haragei, which is an implicit way of communicating; this book is full of it.
Here are some words to a geisha song:
'Old man let's play together, Better hurry up, You don't have much time, Come let's play' I looks like this novel is following the theme of the geisha song.
I strongly suspect that the book was written out of compassion for the geisha Matsuei, so I would guess that the sadness in the book is a reflection of what was going on in her life.
I had real trouble rating this book. The problem is the book does not come to you. You have to want to look inside the book to feel it.
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By Friederike Knabe TOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 20 2006
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Unless you are familiar with Japanese culture and language, you will find Snow Country different from most any novel you may have read. Read superficially the novel appears to follow a simple plot and structure. Yet, its intensity and beauty lies in the lyrical imagery of landscape and evocation of the protagonists' complex psyche and their relationships. The novel can be compared to a Japanese brushstroke painting, economic and suggestive, where the observant eye is able to complete the picture or the story. To fully appreciate Kawabata's prose in English, newcomers are well advised to empty their minds of other, mainly western, literary experiences and expectations and open up to a different world. Snow Country has to be read at a very slow pace. Every word has importance, with sometimes more than one meaning. With these preparations and attitude of mind, Snow Country is an enriching experience that will linger on long after reading it.

Kawabata tells the story of Shimamura, a wealthy man of leisure who's visiting a hot springs mountain resort to meet the local geisha, Komako. He comes for distraction and out of boredom with his real life in Tokyo. Komako is a reluctant geisha, but has resigned herself to her role, while hoping for some other life. The contrast between what they are and what they would like to be is played out in their interactions. Shimamura is drawn to the unreal or the unlikely or impossible. He wants to remain "just friends" with Komako. Her chatty and highly emotional outbursts leave him somewhat amused and bored, yet he misses her when away from her. She does not behave like a real mountain geisha. His room is like a refuge from that life, a place where she can literally let her hair down.
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Kawabata is one of Japan's most respected authors, and "Snow Country" is his masterpiece. However, that does not mean that this is a book for everyone, or that everyone will necessarily understand or enjoy the novel. In fact, I got my copy as a cast-off from a friend who said it was incredibly boring and he didn't want to keep it.
It is a demanding read, one that expects the reader to be able to catch the substance of the unsaid, the implied. Almost nothing is spoon-fed. There is no action, no crisis, nothing that most literary traditions has lead readers to expect from a novel. It demands patience, even though it is a slender volume.
Personally, I found it captivating, and intensely deep and moving. Having read other Kawabata, I was prepared for the subtlety of style and the sparseness of language and story that is his trademark. He is the inheritor of the Haiku, which implies with as few words as necessary. The emotional depth of the novel is incredibly deep, much deeper than many novels I have read who express with much more fanciful language. The Geisha and the Dilettante, the one who affects love but cannot know true love, and the one who gives herself to love even though she knows it cannot be. It is a passionless affair, yet intense. Like the snow country itself, the landscape of their hearts is sparse, yet life lies under the surface covering of insulation.
I did find the translation annoying and disappointing, and I was surprised to find such a lackluster translation on one of Japan's premier novels. The constant use of quotations for "mountain trousers," for instance, instead of just naming it once and using the Japanese term. I am sure that a better translation could capture the novel even better, and perhaps transport it for a new audience.
All in all, one of the best Japanese novels that I have read. Simply incredible, and worth the time. But remember your patience.
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The plot is subtle, as it is was intended. The symbols and themes are countless. The language is simple but beautiful. This book is excellent if you don't go into it expecting it to be action-packed.
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