The Sound of the Mountain

The Sound of the Mountain

Book - 1996
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"...in his portrait of an elderly Tokyo businessman, Yasunari Kawabata charts the gradual, reluctant narrowing of a human life, along with the sudden upsurges of passion that illumunate its closing. By day, Ogata Shingo is troubled by small failures of memory. At night he hears a distant rumble from the nearby mountain, a sound he associates with death. In between are the relationships that were once the foundations of Shingo's life: with his disappointing wife, his philandering son, and his daughter-in-law Kikuko, who instills in him both pity and uneasy stirrings of sexual desire."--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1996
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679762645
0679762647
Characteristics: 276 p. ; 21 cm

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May 07, 2019

Given that this Japanese novel has suicide, abortion, geisha, heavy drinking, existential angst, and the dread of death, this book, written in the late 40s and early 50s and published in English in 1970, is actually a little slow and obtuse. There's a lot of trees and flowers in the book. Kawabata won the Nobel Prize in 1968. Also try Yukio Mishima and Shusaku Endo.

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