The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories

The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories

A major new anthology of great Japanese short stories introduced by Haruki Murakami This fantastically varied and exciting collection celebrates the great Japanese short story collection, from its origins in the nineteenth century to the remarkable practitioners writing today. Curated by Jay Rubin (who has himself freshly translated several of the stories) and introduced by A major new anthology of great Japanese short stories introduced by Haruki Murakami This fantastically varied and ...

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Title:The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories
Author:Jay Rubin
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Genres:Short Stories
ISBN:0141395621
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:552 pages pages

The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories Reviews

  • Karen
    Aug 27, 2018
    This is a collection of both well known to me Japanese authors, as well as those I have not heard of before. I enjoyed this collection, with an introduction by a favorite author, Murakami. As always, I enjoyed some more than others. ...
  • Kathy
    Apr 23, 2019
    Interesting categories and choices: quite a range of work and themes represented. ...
  • Nanta
    Feb 19, 2019
    This was quite a mixed bag - I loved some of the stories and there were some I couldn't take to at all. Overall I liked the contemporary stories more including some by my favorites like Murakami, Yoshimoto and Kawakami. But my absolute favorite story was Peaches - a really brilliant pi...
  • Rachel
    Dec 18, 2018
    I spent a while with this collection and I think on the whole it's stronger than the sum of its parts. Apparently my average rating for these 34 stories was 3.35 stars, but it still feels like a 4-star collection to me, because it absolutely got its job done: introducing me to a number...
  • Mike
    Oct 04, 2018
    Looking back at the books I have read recently has left me a little disappointed, so I thought "why not find something classic to pull me out of this funk?"... I just downloaded this collection to my iPad. If I cannot find something surprising here, the problem lies in me. ...
  • L S Popovich
    Sep 27, 2018
    Since I've read every word Haruki Murakami has published in English I felt obligated to read his introduction once it showed up in the preview on Amazon. People saying "Haruki Murakami is my favorite author" has now become a cliche. But cliches can sometimes be true. His introduction ...
  • Edward
    Apr 12, 2019
    Introduction, by Murakami Haruki Editorial Note, by Jay Rubin Further Reading Note on Japanese Name Order and Pronunciation Japan and the West Tanizaki Jun'ichir? --The Story of Tomoda and Matsunaga Nagai Kaf? --Behind the Prison Natsume S?seki --Sanshir? Lo...
  • Andrew
    Oct 02, 2018
    This book has taken me a while to read - not because it?s bad, but because I tend to read a few short stories between books. I can?t get into short story collections like a novel, I dip in and out of them over a period of time. This is actually one of the best collections that I ...
  • Bernie Gourley
    Apr 14, 2019
    This book contains 35 short stories by many of the most prominent Japanese writers (at least among authors whose works are translated into English,) including: Jun?ichiro Tanizaki, Natsume Soseki, Yukio Mishima, Banana Yoshimoto, Yoko Ogawa, Akutagawa Ryunosuke, and Haruki Murakami (...
  • Claire
    Oct 13, 2018
    While this has taken me nearly a month to read, I have very much enjoyed it. And it's great the stories are both old (early 1900's) and new (as recent as 2012) My favourite sections was 'Dread' the three stories in this sections , 'Hell Screen', 'Filling Up with Sugar' and 'Kudan' w...
  • Debumere
    Feb 14, 2019
    This was great, a really good variety of stories in here. Definitely recommend. Also recommend skipping the preface, just get to the stories. ...
  • Greg
    Nov 14, 2018
    A very mixed bag of short stories, some great, some okay and but many just so-so. If you want more details I suggest you read the detailed review by Gavin Leech. ...
  • Menthink
    Mar 16, 2019
    Great way to get acquainted with some Japanese authors that I previously was unfamiliar with. I enjoyed the information provided in the forward, etc. which describes the author and/or context of the story, and the varying length of stories from 80 to 5 pages. ...
  • Thomas
    Mar 18, 2019
    A mixed bag of stories, I did discover some I loved and enjoyed very much and some others that were a bit odd, or quite odd in the case of one involving sugar. Overall a nice collection and introduction to many authors I have yet to experience. That said there were a few stories th...
  • Katelijne Sommen
    Nov 01, 2018
    There are several supremely haunting short stories in this thematic collection. I like that they're from a lot of different time periods, yet not arranged chronologically. A good introduction to both classic and more contemporary Japanese authors. ...
  • Pyramids Ubiquitous
    Oct 21, 2018
    This was a very strong collection of stories. My only criticism is that there was a bit too much content regarding "Disasters, Natural and Man-Made;" they were mostly one-dimensional. Favorite Stories: The Story of Tomoda and Matsunaga, Patriotism, Unforgettable People, The 1963/198...
  • Duncan Chappell
    Sep 23, 2018
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  • Nabilah Firdaus
    Feb 13, 2019
    This is by far one of the most fulfilling and rewarding collection I?ve ever read in my entire life. Introduced by none other than Murakami, edited by Jay Rubin and, more importantly, I am introduced to new Japanese authors, spanning from classics to modern authors that I am not fami...
  • Justyna Szumiec
    Feb 15, 2019
    It's a perfect way to start your adventure with Japanese literature. I really enjoyed it, though it is absolutely impossible to rate this book. Every short story has its own rating and this anthology wasn't created in order to become the best among its category. It is supposed to intro...
  • Shivani Maurya
    Oct 08, 2018
    While I was reading this book, I found myself wondering why I love Japanese literature to the extent I do. It is one of the most exclusive set of literature based on a culture that differs markedly from any other. Even though Japan has been one of the fast developing nations in the pas...
  • William E. Franklin
    Mar 16, 2019
    Only one short story was interesting Maybe others are interested in reading all the gory details of ritual suicide. Not I. Only one story interesting. Translation is difficult ...
  • Nick Harris
    Jan 16, 2019
    japanese stories are so different haha. very weird and really enjoyable ...
  • Emmett Mottl
    Sep 01, 2018
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  • Joey
    Feb 25, 2019
    This is a mind blowing compilation! I loved flipping back to the introduction by Haruki Murakami to get a feel and background of the story before starting on each. Gonna explore more of these authors soon! ? ...
  • Jerry Pogan
    Sep 28, 2018
    An absolutely sensational collection of short stories. It includes some of my favorite authors such as Mishima, Kawabata and Murakami but more importantly many authors I was unfamiliar with. I was a little disappointed that it didn't include one of my all-time favorites Kenzaburo Oe bu...
  • Doug Lewars
    Feb 22, 2019
    *** Possible Spoilers *** The thing I liked best about the stories in this book was that some of them were so different from most short stories I've read that they caused me to stop and consider what I might do differently in my own writing. Not every one was interesting. Some were pa...
  • josé almeida
    Sep 27, 2018
    outra belíssima surpresa oriental. com edição de jay rubin e um curioso prefácio de haruki murakami, neste lançamento recente são reunidos quase quarenta contos de autores japoneses - agrupados não cronologicamente mas sim por temas (o japão e o ocidente, homens e mulheres, na...
  • Gavin
    Nov 13, 2018
    All the classic contradictions - kawaii and banality, sullen obesiance and batshit intensity, mono no aware and sexual frustration. There are five great stories (?Hell Screen?, 'Sanshir?', ?American Hijiki?, ?Pink?, ?Mr. English?) and 10 or so enjoyable squibs (out ...
  • Monique
    Mar 04, 2019
    It?s been a long journey of love and hate with this book. Not all tales were my favorite and took my ages to finish, stuck on the long ones. But overall it?s an amazing collection that brings really creative stories that show the power or Japanese literature. ...
  • rrrat ratt
    Oct 07, 2018
    Great anthology, and the book itself is gorgeous. I loved the book design, the paper, and the typography. The selected short stories are very varied in style and historical periods, spanning from classics to lesser-known authors. I appreciate particularly the effort to include a fa...