Saturday, August 4, 2012
Book Challenge A-Z #28 The Barrelmaker Brimful of Love by Saikaku Ihara
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.
Happiness will not last long.
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