La luce della luna. Storia di una geisha

Kafū Nagai

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La luce della luna. Storia di una geisha

La luce della luna Storia di una geisha Komayo ha soltanto venticinque anni quando rimasta vedova decide di abbandonare la campagna giapponese per tornare a Tokyo la citt dove regina del quartiere del piacere aveva trascorso la sua ado

  • Title: La luce della luna. Storia di una geisha
  • Author: Kafū Nagai
  • ISBN: 9788876155932
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • Komayo ha soltanto venticinque anni quando, rimasta vedova, decide di abbandonare la campagna giapponese per tornare a Tokyo, la citt dove, regina del quartiere del piacere, aveva trascorso la sua adolescenza apprendendo le sublimi arti della geisha Quel tempo che ora le appare lontano in realt vicinissimo, perch nella capitale imperiale c chi, come Yoshioka, non sKomayo ha soltanto venticinque anni quando, rimasta vedova, decide di abbandonare la campagna giapponese per tornare a Tokyo, la citt dove, regina del quartiere del piacere, aveva trascorso la sua adolescenza apprendendo le sublimi arti della geisha Quel tempo che ora le appare lontano in realt vicinissimo, perch nella capitale imperiale c chi, come Yoshioka, non si mai dimenticato delle ore trascorse con lei Il cuore della protagonista, per , non rimasto prigioniero del passato Al contrario, mentre le tentazioni del mondo fluttuante incombono, Komayo incontra Segawa, un giovane attore Confondere l a con il piacere diventa facile Ma la grazia della geisha, pallida come la luce della luna che rischiara le sue notti, diventa il desiderio proibito di un cliente particolare, ribattezzato dalla ragazza mostro marino.

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    1. David on said:

      When you're in Taisho period Shimbashi, it seems that revenge is a dish best served surreptitiously.Bits I liked (including spoilers):"Kikuchiyo, careful not to disturb her coiffure, indulged herself in an enormous and unattractive yawn.""If, for example, she happened to mention the Kabukiza, it was to tell a story about a customer who had been up to something naughty in a front box while Omodakaya was playing 'Kanjincho', disrupting an entire act. (According to her, this sort of thing has alwa [...]

    2. Melanti on said:

      This might not be a great book for someone who doesn't know much about geisha. Nagai's intended audience would have had at least a basic understanding and he doesn't spend any time explaining anything.For instance, it portrays sex with a danno as just part of the job, but looks down at other geisha who have sex more indiscriminately. There's a lot of obsession with appearances and reputation, since no one wants to be thought of as one of those geisha. So, if I were going into it with no concept [...]

    3. Charlie Canning on said:

      A significant, new translation restoring the missing passages from Kafu's commercial edition of 1918Although the novelist Nagai Kafu is not as well known as Kawabata, Mishima, or Tanizaki; Kafu certainly has his charms. Of the three, he is probably closest to Tanizaki. Both spent long periods of their lives first embracing than rejecting Westernization. Both immersed themselves in what they could find of traditional Japanese culture among all the borrowed and hybrid forms once things turned ugly [...]

    4. Issendai on said:

      I just tried to read this book in the Tuttle edition translated by Kurt Meissner and Ralph Friedrich, and my advice is: AVOID. Try the Stephen Snyder translation. Meissner and Friedrich are too faithful to the original Japanese wording, translating idioms literally and leaving in all the little filler phrases and circumlocutions that sound normal in Japanese but repetitive and grating in English. The result is a stilted mess devoid of nuance or liveliness. I used to translate Japanese for pleasu [...]

    5. Israel Montoya Baquero on said:

      Increible visión la que nos ofrece Kafu acerca de los distritos de placer del Tokio de principios del siglo XX. Con base en la historia de Komayo, una geisha tokiota, Kafu aprovecha para mostrarnos los entresijos de un un mundo oculto, lleno de intrigas, conspiraciones, odios y, tambien, amores.Si quereis leer un libro sobre geishas, hacedme caso y dadle una oportunidad a esta joya publicada por la Editorial Alba, y dejaos de las geishas occidentalizadas y banales de Michael Golden ;)

    6. Veronika KaoruSaionji on said:

      I very love this book. It was written in 1916 and the author, Nagai, is "japanese naturalist", but I like him. I don´t like heterosexual romance and heterosexual erotic, but by Nagai it is very cute. Heroine, Komayo, is former geisha, young widow, who return into geisha busines after her husband ´s death. She found wealthy and nice young handsome patron, who wants to marry her, and she sleeps with him, but she does not love him (but she pretends that she loves him because his money). She fells [...]

    7. Sae-chan on said:

      The geisha world is just like any corporate world. There are new skills to learn, ladder to climb, politics to play. The problem is it involves personal feeling and relationship. So it's difficult after a hard day's of work to say "Ah, let it go. Don't take it personally." And after all, the most compassionate person was the one who didn't get involved in personal relationship. Ironic, but true. When feeling becomes commodities, they lose their very essence. Like salt without its saltiness.

    8. Ana Luisa on said:

      2.75 estrellas No es un libro malo pero no es mi estilo. Para las pocas páginas que son se siente muy pesado, mucha descripción y se percibe que en ciertas partes el autor divaga del centro de la historia. Está muy desequilibrado, ya que al inicio de la historia avanza rápido, después entramos a un pantano donde por más que quieras no logras avanzar y el final se va como agua. No me acostumbré a la prosa del autor y la historia tiene un enfoque diferente al que creía.De manera resumida e [...]

    9. Wayward Child on said:

      It took me almost a month to finish a 200 page novel and the reason is probably that it is one of the most depressing books I've ever read. So few options, such limited opportunities and I feel like I can't even blame the characters. It sounds cheesy, but I can only really blame the society of the time which offered very little to women. Usually, when a character's life goes downhill, I tend to blame them, but I can't bring myself to blame Komayo. She had to make an impossible choice, a choice b [...]

    10. Roxana-Mălina Chirilă on said:

      I have absolutely no doubt that this book reflects the actual life of geishas a lot better than, say, "Memoirs of a Geisha". I learned a bit about their lives and there are a lot of details of atmosphere which are probably worth it for someone who wants to know what it was like to be a geisha at the beginning of the 20th century.That being said: I kept getting lost in the secondary characters, and I didn't feel much for the main one, who can go around claiming to love a man in the beginning, onl [...]

    11. Agnieszka on said:

      While reading this book, I could see the world of geisha and the Tokyo of that time as clearly, as if I was watching a video or looking at an old photograph. This in itself is a great achievement, especially considering that there were no lenghty, boring descriptions in the novel. Another thing I really liked about the novel was that the author presented the world of geisha in a very realistic manner, showing us both the beautiful, dignified side and the ugly one. That is done without judging, w [...]

    12. 크리스티 (Kristy) on said:

      This book tells a totally different side of the geisha. It was written in 1918 and the author actually lived in a geisha house. It puts a more of what Westerns believe as geishas being paid entertainment in a bad way. It takes the "quiet, good natured, entertainer" to a woman who is bouncing between 3 different men in a love triangle (to put it nicely) and how she copes when things go from being happy to having everything go bad to her. The novel is an easy read and there is not much explained a [...]

    13. Quietgirl255 on said:

      I really wanted to love this book as I love all things geisha and Japanese culture. This was the tale of a geisha, Komayo, who has to return back to the profession after her husband, who had bought out her debt, dies. Rather than facing a lonely, boring life in the country, she returns back to Tokyo. The house she now works for is owned by an elderly couple, who have 2 sons. One of whom has unfortunately died, and the other is a no good scoundrel who has run off and is effectively disowned. Ther [...]

    14. Sylri on said:

      Even though you know it’s going to end poorly for Komayo, I still felt bad for her watching her life fall apart. (And just so you know, Segawa is a bit of a butt.) (view spoiler)[I’m glad she got a little justice in the end. (hide spoiler)]I’m a little obsessed with geisha, so I really dug the detailed descriptions of the outfits, locales and habits of the various women as they went about their daily lives. The seasons were also depicted beautifully. Kafu Nagai does a good job setting a se [...]

    15. Loran (Algonquiins) on said:

      Rivalry: A Geisha's Tale was a very good period piece of Japanese literature. The translation of this edition was absolutely wonderful and really easy for English speakers to understand. I think the characters' traits really remained intact and weren't lost in translation. As for the story it was very dramatic and typical of Japanese literature. The story revolves around Komayo the geisha, her three patrons, and the people they interact with. It was fast paced and interesting up until the conclu [...]

    16. Desireé on said:

      Escrito en 1918, no creo que haya una mejor manera de descubrir el mundo de las geishas. Queda al descubierto su mundo, el drama de Komayo, quien probablemente no toma las mejores decisiones, y algunos personajes secundarios muy interesantes y de los cuales quisieras que se desarrollaran más sus historias.El autor escribe extraordinariamente, y está clasificado en el género naturalista. Tiene partes muy sensuales, aunque son las menos, como ésta:"Ha decidido observar con toda claridad, sin d [...]

    17. Emmett on said:

      Nagai's writing failed to inspire any kind of real interest or emotional reaction from me throughout the entire novel. I liked how the plot involved several different characters and would switch between focusing on them, but it never really seemed to go anywhere. The conclusion was satisfying, but up until then it really just felt like the story wasn't really advancing in any way. I found his writing to be rather stale and his descriptions flat. I did enjoy reading about geisha and the specific [...]

    18. Murray on said:

      We read this in preparation for a trip to Japan in September 2016. We are traveling with a group and it was assigned by Dr. Fred Dickinson, Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He offered it as a background on Japanese culture and history. It is a well written book by an acclaimed master of modern Japanese literature, and while the story didn’t engage me as much as Memoirs of a Geisha, one has to realized it was written for a Japanese audience. I would recommend it [...]

    19. Juan de Dios Reyes on said:

      Me pareció un libro interesante. Me permitió entender algo más de la cultura japonesa y del mundo - tan exótico para mi cultura - de las geishas. Hubo partes del libro que simplemente no entendí muy bien como encajaban, el papel que algunos de los personajes jugaban en la trama y cómo aparecían y desaparecían aparentemente sin "explicación" En algunos sentidos parece más el contar un pedazo de la historia de diversos personajes que entran en el "juego" pero sin la introducción y "extr [...]

    20. Nazanin on said:

      I'm scared. terrified! stop! Stop! stop telling this story! change it! please I beg of you! I'm losing my mind! I want to scream! SCREAM-OUT-LOUD!!! I hate this book! I hate the story. I want to send a plain to Japan and grab Komayo! and take her out of there! I hate this! that trash bags are destroying her sole!! they are burning her core and throwing her to the old ages! I hate this!!! I hate men! I hate their guts! the way they treat women like toys; their food plate! which is good only until [...]

    21. Harperac on said:

      So good! I loved it! It was amazing!While I adore Kafu's great aptitude for natural and urban beauty, he really shines here in his perceptive and incisive portrayal of human beings, of many types, changing as they do, and in "Rivalry". Most of the details have escaped me now, since I read the book a year ago, but I'm left with this feeling that Kafu is a genius and Rivalry is his masterwork. Another thing I really like is how the whole story is intimately connected with the neighbourhoods of the [...]

    22. Kanita on said:

      This book was one of the best (and accurate) geisha books I have ever read. The intensity and the drama that goes on behind the closed curtains of this story is jaw-dropping. I had a mini Japanese drama playing in my head when I was reading this. The only part that got me was the fact that it got confusing at some parts and I had to reread certain passages. But other than that, I give this four stars.

    23. Rick on said:

      Originally written starting in 1916 and set in Tokyo’s Shimbashi geisha district, Rivalry gives us some insight into the at times bruising world of geisha, courtesans and dancers in the period just before World War One. Well worth reading by anyone with an interest in Japanese history, literature and culture.

    24. Sean Mills on said:

      I found I didn't like the main character that much. She made quite a few poor choices mainly because she was blinded by infatuation. In a sense I can understand how she feels, but the same time I personally felt she should have thought things through logically.

    25. Roxana Ene on said:

      Short pleasant book. Being my first book about geishas, it was ok, but I guess I have lots of things of learning about geisha way of living which was not covered in this book. My expectations were more about their life style, habits, culture, etc.

    26. Kylie on said:

      Personally I just didn't gel with the style of narration, and since I was only really interested in the lives of the geisha I didn't much care for the forrays into the history and motivations of the surrounding characters.

    27. Pam on said:

      Very interesting look at what life was really like for Geishas: how the different houses functioned, what challenges and responsibilities they faced, what they had to do to survive and be successful. Written during those times (1918), not a historical recollection.

    28. Patricia on said:

      It gives a different perspective of Geisha than the one I'd been led to believe but this is set earlier in the twentieth Century soI find this book reinforces the idea that human behaviour is the same, anywhere at anytime.

    29. Sara on said:

      Very different from the other two geisha books I've read. . . Apparently Kafu became obsessed with geisha and studied them all the time so it makes me wonder just how accurate this little novel is. Very interesting.

    30. Anna Wooliver on said:

      I love books set in Japanjust couldn't grasp this one though. Perhaps I'll try it again in a year or so.

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