Saturday, August 4, 2012

Book Challenge A-Z #28 The Barrelmaker Brimful of Love by Saikaku Ihara

Fulfilling the requirement:

The I letter requirement for the author's last name.


(from Norton World Anthology Vol.D 590)

The Barrelmaker Brimful of Love is a worthy introduction. The novella is part of a collection of stories, Five Women Who loved Love, written in 1686 when Saikaku had reached his full stride. It should be remembered, though, that this is a writer for whom language is always a bravura performance. Translation, inevitably obscuring linguistic aspects of a text, cannot display the stylist's forte to best advantage. Saikaku's many other strengths, however, do emerge.

Lesson learned:

Happiness will not last long.

Link to review: click here

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