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
Many people may not notice, but with close consideration of the history of 11th century Japan one realizes that this book is a satire on the life of the "elite" not just... Read morePublished on June 9 2000