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by Reiko Tsukimura,Yasunari Kawabata

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The Translator: REIKO TSUKIMURA, Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, was born in Tokyo and .

The Translator: REIKO TSUKIMURA, Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, was born in Tokyo and studied at Japan Women's University. By far, the most hallucinatory and disturbing work of Yasunari Kawabata, The Lake (a natural repository of subconscious darkness, mystery, guilt, madness; might as well have been less domestically-titled The Abyss) is again a perfectly distilled, intensely thoughtful and philosophically and psychologically thorough-going artistic work.

The Lake is a short 1954 novel by the Japanese writer Yasunari Kawabata. This book tells the story of a former schoolteacher named Gimpei Momoi. Beginning in Karuizawa, the novel alternates between the now middle-aged Momoi and recurring memories of a lake from his hometown, and his interactions with a number of women, beginning with a relative and the uncomfortable circumstances surrounding a death in his family.

Yasunari Kawabata, Reiko Tsukimura (Translator). I love you, Kawabata. The Lake is the second book of Nobel laureate Kawabata that I have read.

The Lake is the history of an obsession. The Lake, ' translated by Reiko Tsukimura, is the story of a man's obsession with an adolescent girl and his secret pursuit of her innocence - will come as a major surprise to those who associate Kawabata with things delicate and understated.

BookDragon Books for the Multi-Culti Reader. Indeed, few writers can do isolation quite like Kawabata, the Nobel-Prize-winning author best known for his lyrical Snow Country. The Lake by Yasunari Kawabata, translated by Reiko Tsukimura. An oddly compelling novella about a lonely man who never quite gets the girl – any girl – but is unwilling to give up trying. Published: 2004 (paperback reprint). The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto, translated by Michael Emmerich.

By Edmund White So present is this book in its hallucinatory descriptions and relaxed but terrifying dialogue that the reader is surprised, in looking back through its pages, t. .

The narration of The Lake, a short novel which the Nobel Prizewinning Kawabata wrote in 1955, is full of similarly artful hesitations. Moments that any other writer would have dropped or speedily summarized are dilated and returned to again and again. So present is this book in its hallucinatory descriptions and relaxed but terrifying dialogue that the reader is surprised, in looking back through its pages, to realize it is not literally written in the present tense.

Yasunari Kawabata is often seen in the West as one of the quintessential modern Japanese writers. It is little wonder that Kawabata’s ability to express the essence of the Japanese mind was cited when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1968

Yasunari Kawabata is often seen in the West as one of the quintessential modern Japanese writers. It is little wonder that Kawabata’s ability to express the essence of the Japanese mind was cited when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1968. For these reasons his 1954 novel, The Lake, may be something of a shock for readers more used to the gentle melancholy of Kawabata’s better known works. The main character, Gimpei Momoi, drifts from place to place, stalking various women, while sordid and disturbing events from his past are recounted.

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From Nobel Prize-winning author Yasunari Kawabata, this book contains three charges and electric stories. Given a window into the lives of three lonely and desperate men, Kawabata explores sex and psychology, fantasy and reality, and where the boundaries ar. booktrib. New This Week: 30 New Books by Tim Gautreaux, Pino Corrias, and More. The new releases of this week come just in time for the holiday and Christmas gift-giving season.

The Lake is the history of an obsession. It traces a man's sad pursuit of an unattainable perfection, a beauty out of reach, admired from a distance, unconsummated. Homeless, a fugitive from an ambiguous crime, his is an incurable longing that drives him to shadow nameless women in the street and hide in ditches as they pass above him, beautiful and aloof. For their beauty is not of this world, but of a dream-the voice of a girl he meets in a Turkish bath is "an angel's," the figures of two students he follows seem to "glide over the green grass that hid their knees." Reality is the durable ugliness that is his constant companion and is symbolized in the grotesque deformity of the hero's feet. And it is the irreconcilable nature of these worlds that explains the strangely dehumanized, shadowy quality of the eroticism that pervades this novel. In a sense The Lake is a formless novel, a "happening," making it one of the most modern of all Kawabata's works. Just as the hero's interest might be caught by some passing stranger, so the course of the novel swerves abruptly from present to past, memory shades into hallucination, dreams break suddenly into daylight. It is an extraordinary performance of free association, made all the more astonishing for the skill with which these fragments are resolved within the completed tapestry.

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As a Kawabata fan I found this book completely creepy, so much so that I didn't even want to have it in the house. I suggest you borrow it from the library rather than purchase a copy to see if you like it first. As fans may know, Kawabata became creepier and creepier as he got older (cf. House of Sleeping Beauties) but this one is the hardest to empathize with, even from an artistic standpoint. At the end of the day, this book is about a sicko man stalking women, and there's not much really that you can empathize with, even if you are a Kawabata fan. The delicate poetry of Koto (The Old City), and Palm-of-the-Hand Stories, etc. is all gone by this point. Of course, it's not right to always expect authors to be the same person as when they were young, but this novel is just plain freaky and intellectually barren. Nice cover.
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According to Donald Keene, The Lake (Mizuumi), and The House of Sleeping Beauties, represent Kawabata Yasunari at his most mature. It is not as well known as Snow Country but it is revelant today. Especially with the news showing countless stories of young girls being abducted by creepy looking pedohilies who become registered sex offenders. The Lake is a novel about the middle aged former school teacher named Gimpei, who spends his days stalking various women. Kawabata could judge his character but he shows a great deal of tact by painting a human portrait that allows the reader to make up their own mind. I like the fact that he's not preaching morals in this book.
The novel's strength is the way inwhich Kawabata uses time to move between periods of Gimpei's past. Kawabata does this so subtle and skillfully that, as a reader, you aren't really aware of it but you know that you have left the present for the moment. It is also interesting how Kawabata uses different colors through the text to create visuals that you can picture as you read along. I like the associations that exist in Gimpei's mind that show how far from reality he really is. For instance, a baby is crawling near him and he thinks its a dead baby that he abandoned years ago. This shows Kawabata's skill in writing psychological fiction. There are others examples of how Gimpei thinks he sees something that in reality turns out to be nothing to him but it causes Gimpei's mind to relate to objects and surroundings and regress into his past. In fact the whole novel is a regression into a happier time for Gimpei when he first fell in love at the lake.
Overall this is an entertaining and quick read that shows how one character decides to view his own reality which lead to his reaction to it. Gimpei is strange when you get inside his head to see what's clicking.
This is my first time reading Kawabata and next up for me is The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa.
Lakes are mysteries, dark bodies of water that swallow secrets and hide those parts of ourselves better left submerged. Bodies are dumped in lakes, along with stolen cars and used weapons of violence. In "The Lake," Kawabata has used this metaphor for his protagonist, the unsettled and possibly psychotic Gimpei Momoi, who's mind swirls past and present and make-believe into one massive body of water, under which the corpse of his father lies sleeping.

It is hard to spend 160-odd pages in the mind of Gimpei, stalker and luster of young girls. His story fluxuates constantly, changing in an instant from his childhood desire for his cousin Yayoi, to his disastrous affair with his High School student Hisako, to his pursuit of the pure 15-year old Machie, or the bath house girl with the voice of an angel. Interspersed roughly with this mix is the tale of Miyako, a sad beauty who sold her youth to an old man for money. Gimpei's thoughts are those of his nature, a dark and lonely pursuer navigating the unlit corners and ditches of other's worlds, a dangerous and haggard animal prowling the fence.

Kawabata's technique used in "The Lake" is quite experimental, and different from his more-famous works. Aside from the dark story, elements of which can be found in most Kawabata, the shifting narrative and abrupt transitions and endings can be off-putting to those expecting a more naturally flowing story. Personally, I found the jump-cuts and unresolved nature of the writing to be complementary to the tale of Gimpei, with the overall effect leaving me uncomfortable and uneasy with the world, which is the stories goal.
I have read other books by Kawabata and "The Lake" is generally not considered one of his best works but this was the one that had the most effect on me. It stayed with me like a pleasant sunny afternoon that suddenly erupts into rain or an acquaintance that reveals a disturbing side to their personality. Make no mistake. This is a shocking book made even more so by the relaxed Knut Hamsun-style narrative tone and the sensuality of the natural world surrounding the characters (more on display in "Snow Country"). Like Henry Miller with a conscience, Kawabata tells the story of sad, perverse, complex schoolteacher Gimpei with a tone that most reminds me of "Victoria" by Hamsun. The relationship between him and his female student Hisako is memorable. What I most liked is the author's refusal to cop out and produce a neat, conventional ending. Nothing is resolved (as it should be).
The Lake download epub
Genre Fiction
Author: Reiko Tsukimura,Yasunari Kawabata
ISBN: 4770030010
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Kodansha USA (July 8, 2004)
Pages: 159 pages