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The Tale of Murasaki

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In a wonderful world shaped by beauty and poetry, ancient traditions and popular intrigue, a young woman at the centre of the eleventh-century ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
Rubycanary

Ancient Japan, Modern Reading

by Rubycanary on May 29, 2007

This is one of my all time favorite books. The first novel ever written was penned by a Japanese woman - Lady Murasaki who wrote The Tale of Genji. The Tales were a collection of steamy, erotic tales was not only a first in literary terms, but in sexual expression as well. This fictional biography of the woman who wrote these tales is a fantastic journey into ancient Japan, complete with graphic details of housing, dress, and cultural norms. The book is both physically gorgeous, and a fast paced read.

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