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The Pillow Book - Sei Shōnagon, Ivan Morris, SEI
The Pillow Book
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The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon is an immensely detailed account of court life in eleventh-century Japan. Written at the height of Heian culture, it is a classic text of great literary beauty, full of lively anecdotes, humorous observations, and subtle impressions. Sei Shonagon was a contemporary... show more
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon is an immensely detailed account of court life in eleventh-century Japan. Written at the height of Heian culture, it is a classic text of great literary beauty, full of lively anecdotes, humorous observations, and subtle impressions. Sei Shonagon was a contemporary and erstwhile rival of Lady Murasaki, whose novel, The Tale of Genji, fictionalized the court life that Lady Shonagon captures so vividly in her diary. The Pillow Book contains her reflections on royal and religious ceremonies, nature, pilgrimage, conversation, and poetry. Lady Shonagon shares character sketches and the things she both loves and loathes. Her style is so eloquent, her wit so sharp, even the briefest fragments enchant us. There is no better introduction to the daily preoccupations of the Heian upper class, and Ivan Morris's notes and contextualization enrich the material for scholars and general readers.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780231073370 (0231073372)
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Pages no: 322
Edition language: English
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Edward
Edward rated it
4.0 The Pillow Book
AcknowledgementsChronologyIntroductionFurther ReadingNote on the Translation--The Pillow BookAppendix 1 PlacesAppendix 2 People and Where They AppearAppendix 3 TimeAppendix 4 Glossary of General TermsAppendix 5 Court Ranks, Titles and BureaucracyAppendix 6 Clothes and Colour GlossaryNotes
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0 The Pillow Book
bookshelves: mystery-thriller, autumn-2010, japan, medieval5c-16c, published-1002, epistolatory-diary-blog Recommended for: radio 4 listeners Read from November 14 to 19, 2010 BBC blurb - Lady Shonagon and Lieutenant Yukinari return to investigate a murder in the Palace of the Sun Goddess. A fav...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00vw738/Womans_Hour_Drama_The_Pillow_Book_series_3_Episode_1/BBC blurb - Lady Shonagon and Lieutenant Yukinari return to investigate a murder in the Palace of the Sun Goddess. A favourite of the Emperor is found drowned in a pool in the Palace Gardens. But befor...
carey
carey rated it
Loved the character of Shonagon and the descriptions of the elaborate court rituals, suppressed emotions, hidden passions; quite apart from learning about such an extraordinarily regimented and closed society. Wonderful
Telynor's Library, and then some
Telynor's Library, and then some rated it
4.0
A gorgeous piece of literature -- the diary of a court lady -- from Heian Japan. I feel it's even better than the Tale of Genji. Wicked, bitter, and very funny in spots.
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