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From the Trade Paperback edition.
A dazzling selection of more than 200 tales from medieval Japan, including stories of miracle, visions of hell, jokes, fables, and historical legends.
"Fresh, imaginative, and uniquely organized...told in a style clear, homey, and unpretentious, [they] yield great pleasure."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Enchanting....The stories are variously witty, allegorical, mystical, gross, funny, and enigmatic....Tyler provides a helpful introduction, and his poised translations are something of a masterpiece."
— Publishers Weekly
"Translated with exceptional skill, this is a perfect example of scholarship concealing scholarship. Tyler has made these tales read gracefully and effortlessly. He writes in a lively and colloquial style that effectively captures the spirit of the originals without being jarringly modern. This is an important book."
— Donald Keene, Shincho Professor of Japanese, Columbia University
"Royall Tyler's translations are nothing short of superb — crisp, restrained, ably balancing the ribald and the profound. The results make available masterpieces from five centuries of Japanese literature. This book is a stellar addition to Pantheon's "outstanding folklore series."
Posted March 9, 2009
Posted February 20, 2012
I bought this book as a gift for someone else but ended up enjoying the stories myself. I highly recommend this book for those interested in Japanese culture and also those that simply enjoy a good tale or two.
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