Book 2: Thousand Cranes


Author: Yasunari Kawabata (川端 康成)

Nationality: Japanese

Pages: 144

Awards: The Nobel Committee awarded the 1968 prize for literature to Kawabata citing this novel and two others.

A quick read, this novel is a story where meanings are multi-layered.  Kawabata, in his economy of words, masterfully crafted a fiction that revolves and draw symbolisms from the quiet tea ceremony.

A deceased father and a son – two halves of the same pear. Here we get a glimpse of the life of Kikuji, the son, as he interacted with world peopled by the women his father had loved. We see parallels in their lives but more importantly, we see how the son was different from the father.

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