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“[The Tale of Genji is] not only the world’s first real novel,
but one of its greatest.” –Donald Keene, Columbia University
“Edward Seidensticker’s translation has the ring of authority.” –New York Times Book Review
“A triumph of authenticity and readability.” –Washington Post Book World --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Murasaki Shikibu, a lady in the Heian court of Japan, is best known as the author of The Tale of Genji–written in the eleventh century and universally recognized as the greatest masterpiece of Japanese prose narrative and possibly the earliest true novel in the history of the world. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
No word of a lie, I don't think I have ever read a more boring book in my entire life. Having lived in Japan for several years, I thought this book might shed some light on... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2013 by Adamo
I had heard about the Tale of Genji for years; finally read it. The Seidensticker translation is a triumph; his introduction a valuable aid to looking so far across time and... Read morePublished on April 15 2009 by japanophile
This book has been so popular for centuries in Japan. The story takes places in the ancient capital city of Kyoto where so many nobles and richs were living all together. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2008 by M.Y.
Initially I began reading the Tale of Genji after studying illustrations for it in an asian art class and hearing references to it in a Japanese history class. Read morePublished on May 11 2004 by J. B. Zurn
At first you think its "Memoirs of a Geisha", but this one has far too many details for that. Its court life in Japan with all its back stabbing rivalries. Read morePublished on June 10 2002 by Mom of 1
Anyone who hasn't read Genji in some form is doing themselves a great disservice. If you can't read Japanese, grab the nearest translation. Read morePublished on March 25 2002 by Mary Em
The Tale of Genji is a truly impressive book. It is, as the description states, "widely acknowledged as the world's first novel. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2001 by Steve Thompson
The Tale of Genji, and this (Seidensticker) translation, is without doubt one of the finest reading experiences one can possibly have. Read morePublished on June 23 2001 by Immanuel A. Magalit