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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Rachel Lipkin
    Jun 04, 2019
    I only read a few short stories but overall it was compelling and interesting. I think the whole collection would be a wonderful read but tbh it?s just too much all at once. ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • Maira Moura
    Jul 19, 2019
    Although the stories are put in sections under a topic (such as Loyal Warriors, Disasasters, Natural and Man-made, the loose Nature and memory, etc.) it feels they were urged to fit those in order to create a sense or order. However, this is not a introduction to Japanese literature in...
  • 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...
  • Oona
    Jul 20, 2019
    Ending the book with ten short stories labeled Disasters, Natural and Man-Made seems like the worst editorial decision ever. I was dreading to finish the collection since opening the table of contents for the first time, thinking how I could survive ten stories of awful disasters in a ...
  • 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...
  • L.E.
    Jul 12, 2019
    If you want a decent spectrum of Japanese writers - everything from old (dead) to young, male and female, pro-West vs pro-Japan, WWII Japanese propaganda, realist to surrealist, etc etc etc - this is a great collection. ...
  • 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...
  • Mark Groenen
    May 08, 2019
    This bundle is a mixed bag of great stories, not so great stories, and a big batch of stories I didn?t understand. I tried to, but something got lost in translation for me. I assume this is a cultural thing. Still, there?s plenty to love in this bundle and the introduction will hel...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Ishan
    Aug 10, 2019
    This is really great. I like the variety of themes and styles. Of course, there were stories I didn't care for much - there always are in anthologies of this breadth - but I enjoyed the majority of them, and was blown away by several. I had only read Murakami of the authors here, and t...
  • Sidbookreviews
    Jun 07, 2019
    A lovely collection of different stories with a variety of genres to please all types of readers! Truly something wonderful for everyone. ...
  • Vaughn Highfield
    Jul 02, 2019
    Some absolutely excellent Japanese short stories presented with context around the time they were written and sorted into sensible bracketing. Recommend dipping in and out of it rather than trying to read your way through it all. Lots of notable names as well, but it's generally a mix ...
  • Prunus Incisa
    May 09, 2019
    I loved everything about this, starting with Haruki Murakami's intro and ending with something as small as the stories' categorization. The book is divided into 7 chapters: Japan and the West, Loyal Warriors, Men and Women, Nature and Memory, Modern Life and Other Nonsense, Dread a...
  • Kumasama
    Jul 19, 2019
    *Score: 9/10* Pros: - A gold mine and treasure trove of new Japanese Authors to discover - Serves as a great introduction to Japanese Literature, while also being a great pick for someone more well versed into Japanese Literature - Even with few week stories, the ones that are...