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The tale of the bamboo cutter = Taketori monogatari

Author: 川端康成, 宮田誠之, ; ; Yasunari Kawabata; Donald Keene; Masayuki Miyata
Publisher: Tokyo : Kodansha International, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : "First edition, 1998View all editions and formats
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Series of fairy tales about a young girl (Kaguya-hime) found inside a hollow bamboo stem.
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Genre/Form: Illustrations
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: 川端康成, 宮田誠之, ; ; Yasunari Kawabata; Donald Keene; Masayuki Miyata
ISBN: 4770023294 9784770023292
OCLC Number: 40216579
Language Note: Japanese text and corresponding English translation on facing pages.
Notes: "Taketori monogatari" was probably written late in the ninth or early in the tenth century. It is the oldest surviving Japanese work of fiction; "The tale of Genji" (written about 1010) referred to it as the 'ancestor of all romances.' Today it is thought of mainly as a children's story, and Kaguya-hime, the heroine, looks in the illustrations as lovable as Snow-White or Cinderella; there is no suggestions [sic] of the heartlessness that is perhaps her most memorable feature"--Cf. Preface.
Description: 177 p. : ill. ; 15 x 23 cm.
Contents: Kaguya-hime's childhood --
The suitors --
The stone begging-bowl of the Buddha --
The jewelled branch from paradise --
The robe made of fire-rat fur --
The jewel in the dragon's neck --
The easy-delivery charm of the swallows --
The imperial hunt --
The celestial robe of feathers.
Other Titles: Taketori monogatari.
Taketori monogatari
Responsibility: modern rewriting by Yasunari Kawabata ; translation by Donald Keene ; illustrations by Masayuki Miyata.

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A retelling of the early Heian-period prose work about a supernatural being found by a bamboo cutter and brought up as his daughter. He urges his "daughter" to marry but she sets fantastic quests to  Read more...

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"Masayuki Miyata's bright, bold illustrations perfectly complement this elegant bilingual edition, and Keene has outdone himself in finding English equivalents for the outrageous puns that punctuate Read more...

 
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