mjj (flemmings) wrote,

Japanese Weird Tales

This weird tales novel I have would be more agreeable if it was a proper bunko instead of whatever the wide-han version is called, with the equivalent of four bunko pages on each wide page. Makes for a big heavy book, is what. Also if it were a bit weirder as to the tales; am finding it oddly slow. But looking through the freebies -- past illustrations, summaries of previous vols, you name it-- I come upon a list of Works Consulted, from which I learned that the series' Kagyuu-type novelist was actually a real person. Hence I am to read this as half historical novel, I fancy.

I gather his prose is difficult even for the Japanese, and as Soseki is still making me weep through Sorekara, I might actually look at some translation or other if the library has them (unlikely). Or read the online ones.

Flowishly, Kyouka was the guy who wrote Demon Pond, of which there are excerpts up at youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmdCbqYN54M -- intro credits
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZh5mciXPN0&feature=related -- excerpt with Tamasaburo Bandou as the princess
Tags: film, japan, reading_10

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