Recent purchases thread.
Bought some Japanese books that I couldn't find online.
The 3 on the top left are The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and below them are 3 Mishima novels (The Sailor Who Fell; Mishima's essay collection; Sound of Waves).
There's also Junichiro Tanizaki's short stories and Banana Yoshimoto's Kitchen. Those are the ones that have a translation.
If anyone cares about the other ones, ask.
did dfw stage his suicide and become a japanese pleb author?
walked into a barnes and noble for some coffee and walked out with all this, never read any of em.
good deal m8
From left to right from OP pic or top to bottom from this pic.
1-3. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Murakami
4. 私の美の世界 by Mori Mari (Mori Ogai's daughter)
5. 東京百景 by Naoki Matayoshi (or Japanese DFW according to this thread).
He won the Akutagawa Prize in 2015 which pissed a lot of people up.
6-8. Mishima Yukio: The Sailor Who Fell; Mishima's essay collection; Sound of Waves
9. The Tattooer and a few other works by Junichiro Tanizaki
10. Salamander and Other Stories by Masuji Ibuse
11. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
12. The Waiting Years by Fumiko Enchi
13. Hyakken Uchida's essay collection
14. Still Lives by Natsuki Ikezawa
15. 第七官界彷徨 by 尾崎翠
Not Japanese. Haven't read anything by Nichiren yet.
Only read 1 or 2 books by other famous writers so far. Anything specific you're interested in?
how long did it take you to be capable to read these in their original language
not really purchases, but these belonged to my grandfather, found them at my dad's.
yeh I know right, he also has a first edition winny the pooh and jungle book, the jungle book still has a swastika on the cover because it was pre-ww2.
that and a lot of signed first editions of big Dutch writers, but unfortunately my dad sold those
A lot of time reading and constant increase in material difficulty.
After the initial month of studying grammar and getting basic vocabulary I spent at least 4 hours a day reading.
It's a big bonus if you're into otaku culture since most manga and visual novels are quite easy and a great source for getting new vocabulary.
>thinking Sound of Waves isn't a hack job Mishima tooted out for $$$$
Christ, you idiots don't even do fucking research on the books you're buying. You just want to be seen owning them bcuz muh japaneeze literature
I know you're mostly memeing but Sound of the waves is actually one of his most critically acclaimed novel.
Yes he did write a bunch of novels purely for money. 夏子の冒険 and pic related are good examples of that I think. They're so different from his other works and appeal to a large demographic.
Anyway I haven't read it yet so I can't comment myself but what didn't you like about it?
It's his most critically acclaimed novel (excluding the tetralogy) because it's his his most widely read. Because the language used is at a much lower level than his real literary works. Duh. Also of the books he wrote purely for money, Sound of Waves has since been widely translated/circulated internationally.
It's not hard to see why dumb people enjoy it. The plot is the most average thing imaginable. Boy and girl fall in love for the first time. Familial and social barriers prevent them from being together. Boy proves his worth to girl's father. The end. That's it.
Don't waste your time on this one. Mishima's a fascinating writer, from his novels to plays to short stories, but SoW is of a completely lesser order.
Picked these two up today from the bookstore. Don Quixote because you guys talk about it so much, and it seemed interesting, and Catch-22 because it was $10, so why the fuck not.
Got this for .25 cents.
Did I fuck up? Should I kill myself?
Currently I'm reading Butcher's Crossing. The film book is for a class but it's pretty interesting so I thought to include it.