Two hundred and twenty tales from medieval Japan—tales that welcome us into a fabulous faraway world populated by saints, scoundrels, ghosts, magical. Buy Japanese Tales (Pantheon Fairy Tale & Folklore Library) Reissue by Royall Tyler (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices. This selection of over two hundred tales from medieval Japan includes stories of miracles, visions of hell, jokes, fables, and legends from history.

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A collection of anecdotes, fairy tales and very short stories from early Japan. Most interesting is the incredible juxtaposition tylre intertwining of the spirit world with the “real” world. That is not to say they are yyler and, if you want insight into early Japanese culture you could find less interesting ways to do so.

During my academic career I specialized in Japanese literature. Editorial Reviews From Library Journal These legends and popular tales in all, ranging from one to three pagesopen windows upon tradition and reality in medieval Japan.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Variety of stories but largely focused on monks and the spiritual. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

Japanese Tales by Royall Tyler

The Man-Made Friend 68 The Isle of Man and Maid Showing of 60 reviews. Which kind of angers me. There are short medieval stories from Japan in this book.

They ably balance the lyrical and the dramatic, the ribald and the profound, offering a window into a long-vanished culture. The second was my grandfather. The tales range from very short to 2 pages long and by very short I mean a paragraph or two and they kind of run into each other the way they’re presented. Start reading Japanese Tales on your Kindle in under a minute. Surprises, Haunts, Magic, Ascetics, Desire, etc. Taken In Here are two rouall and twenty tales from medieval Japan which are so stunning that this book was re-read several times.


The Bridge 19 These legends and popular tales in all, ranging from one to three pagesopen windows upon tradition and reality in medieval Japan. Product details File Size: We are experiencing technical difficulties. Open Preview See a Problem?

Learn more about Amazon Prime. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. My intention was to three star it, but it’s tylef fair to the volume that I had just read the “Konjaku” previously, and so much of this volume was repetition albeit in a superior translation. Some of the stories, with their disappearing women, and ghosts or demons that appear to be women, remind me very much of modern Japanese literature, especially the work of Haruki Murakami.

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Jun 26, Tawny rated it liked it Shelves: The Telltale Fish The varying depth of each tale as well as the complexities of how they are expressed provide the reader with an awkward feeling. I bought this book for the sake of reading folk tales from another part of the world, but what I became enthralled with is the introduction. As the author says in the introduction many of these stories have never been translated before, and make a great companion to similar collections so you don’t have to worry about too much overlap.


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Which sucks as it’s the only book my library has so I will continue to scour the internet for japaense books translated into English. Red Heat A Model Demon But the writing is not friendly for laypeople formal terms, lecturing story-telling. The Failure The Curse Set up a giveaway.

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Variety is wide, although at some points the stories can feel a bit repetitive, as every second one seems to involve Sutras or monks somehow, which only goes to show how important role buddhist religion played at those times. Dyeing Castle Customers who bought this item also bought. A Very Surprised Bodhisattva However, the versions in this book may be the most faithful you will find in English.

Stories of miracles, visions of hell, jokes, fables, and legends, these tales reflect the Japanese civilization. Some are haunting, others disturbing, some are raunchy, and others romantic, quite a few are funny.

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