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By Yasunari Kawabata | Comments: ( 734 ) | Date: ( Feb 29, 2020 )

By day Ogata Shingo is troubled by small failures of memory At night he hears a distant rumble from the nearby mountain, a sound he associates with death In between are the relationships that were once the foundation of Shingo s life with his disappointing wife, his philandering son, and his daughter in law Kikuko, who instills in him both pity and uneasy stirrings of sBy day Ogata Shingo is troubled by small failures of memory At night he hears a distant rumble from the nearby mountain, a sound he associates with death In between are the relationships that were once the foundation of Shingo s life with his disappointing wife, his philandering son, and his daughter in law Kikuko, who instills in him both pity and uneasy stirrings of sexual desire Out of this translucent web of attachments and the tiny shifts of loyalty and affection that threaten to sever it irreparably Kawabata creates a novel that is at once serenely observed and enormously affecting

  • Title: The Sound of the Mountain
  • Author: Yasunari Kawabata
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  • Page: 245
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Yasunari Kawabata

Yasunari Kawabata was a Japanese short story writer and novelist whose spare, lyrical, subtly shaded prose works won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, the first Japanese author to receive the award His works have enjoyed broad international appeal and are still widely read.Nobel Lecture 1968nobelprize nobel_prize

Comments The Sound of the Mountain

  • Hadrian

    A painfully beautiful book. Like the other works by Kawabata I've read, it is not so strictly concerned with plot and action. Instead this is a novel which works slowly and quietly, with description of gesture and emotions, or subtle changes in the weather or in conversation.It centers around an older man, Shingo, who is distant to his wife and sons. There is a tremendous magnitude of emotion told here, but with the bare minimum of words, even just fragments of sentences. We see the weather pass [...]

  • Gaurav

    It’s been a while since I’ve written any reviews, for I always kept postponing them for one reason or another however the book-The Sound of the Mountain- has pushed me so hard to overturn this, for it was so compelling, that’s why I made an attempt (futile though) to review (or rather to write something) this little gem in Japanese literature, all these things may probably give an impression (perhaps appropriate though) that it’s not like returning back to some arena I enjoy. Well, let [...]

  • Mariel

    I started reading The Sound of the Mountain late at night all alone in my bedroom. It kinda scared the crap out of me in the oppressive lonely way I get when I think too much about what other people want from other people. Is it always going to be that way? Trying too hard? Making up stories is more real. The first half I read this lonely way. The second half I read at the beach (my first beach read of 2011). I think it made it a different experience for me to be read that way, where I didn't kn [...]

  • Praj

    As the last smell of spring faded in a flowery envelope at a nearby bin, it was time to bid adieu to Shingo Ogata. I wanted to escape from his loneliness, as if it was mine to hold to; the prospects of designing uncharted ideas somehow enticed me more than Mr. Ogata. Unaware of my goodbyes, Shingo sat in his veranda, greatly immersed in a probability of a possible quarrel between the sparrows and the buntings nestled in the majestic gingko tree. All he heard was the peculiar yet familiar roars o [...]

  • Nicole~

    Kawabata uses Ogata Shingo as his narrator and prime character to tell the story of a 62-year-old man immersed in unhappiness, who feels death closing in on him. Shingo lives with his wife, Yasuko (the plain sister of the beautiful woman who was, in his youth, his one true love); his son, Shuichi who ignores his wife for his mistress; and resentful daughter whose own marriage has failed. He has long ceased to love Yasuko, more highly regarding the relationship with his young and innocent daughte [...]

  • Agnieszka

    Seemingly nothing is happening. Shingo Ogata goes to his office , on his way back does shopping, for a while thinking about the girl who used to work for him but now apparently forgot her name. Nothing special .Ordinary life.But something’s happened. Shingo heard a sound of mountain and its voice awaked in him old memories .Its sound symbolizes impending death.Shingo takes us then on a nostalgic journey to the past,to the world of memories and unfulfilled dreams .Painfully aware of loss so man [...]

  • Lynne King

    The theme of death permeates this lyrical and poetic book. It is as if the author is preparing himself for his own demise, especially running in tandem with another theme, that of suicide. And that Kawabata is in fact searching for a way in which to make that ultimate separation from life as we know it on this planet of ours. Thus I was not at all surprised to read that Kawabata committed suicide in 1972.There are distinct pros and cons to this work and regrettably the latter prevail.The positiv [...]

  • Tsung

    The sound stopped, and he was suddenly afraid. A chill passed over him, as if he had been notified that death was approaching. He wanted to question himself, calmly and deliberately, to ask whether it had been the sound of the wind, the sound of the sea, or a sound in his ears. But he had heard no such sound, he was sure. He had heard the mountain.This is an intricate, poetic, beautiful novel which my clumsy review cannot do justice to. It is highly sensory and satiates all the five senses. I’ [...]

  • Stephen P

    The quiet prose and acutely calculated distance, set and carried the first part of this book. The micrometers of measures opened a precise distance allowing the reader, inviting the reader, to slip within. During the second half the narrator, laid there as an obstacle, was sent on an ill fated mission to rev-up events Becoming pesky and sliding into a troublesome invasiveness. Possibly the contrast accents it more or is it intended and I have missed its calling?A sixty two year old man, consider [...]

  • Whitaker

    I read this book shortly after finishing Kazuo Ishiguro’s An Artist of the Floating World. Both books cover similar ground: a man in the twilight of his years reflecting on his past. I was going to write a review about how the book deals with old age and coming to terms with our life, about how Kawabata writes luminous prose with each chapter a beautiful image fading into the next. But then I read a comment by Ishiguro. He said he didn’t get Kawabata because he was too plotless, too Japanese [...]

  • Oziel Bispo

    Otago Shingo já está com mais de sessenta anos, percebe que a velhice está chegando, percebe que todos os seus amigos da sua geração estão morrendo, esquece as coisas facilmente, até o nó de sua gravata esqueceu como se faz. Diz ouvir sons de uma montanha próxima , acredita ser a morte lhe chamando. Mas não para por ai; é casado com yasuko , vive praticamente como irmãos (na juventude fora pela irmã de Yasuko que se encantara) tem um filho, Shuichi , que trai sua nora kikuko, a qual [...]

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Sound of the Mountain, Yasunari Kawabata (1899 - 1977)The sound of the mountain, Snow country, Thousand cranes‬تاریخ نخستین خوانش: پنجم ماه آگوست سال 2012 میلادیعنوان: آوای کوهستانی؛ نویسنده: یاسوناری کاواباتا؛ برگردان: رضا دادویی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، آمه: سبزان، 1390، در 336 ص، شابک: 9786006242019؛ کتاب از متن انگلیسی با عنوان نگاشته [...]

  • RK-ique

    I am currently caught in a Kawabata spell. WilliamI put a list of four Kawabata books into a review and I bought them all. I will take a Kawabata a break because I don't want to overindulge but the urge is strong to go on the fourth.Kawabata writes ambience. He writes inner thoughts. He writes of outer change and reaction. Often little is outwardly happening but the world of change swirls around the reader who is caught up in the web Kawabata has so carefully created. The reader cannot escape, c [...]

  • بثينة العيسى

    سردٌ يجنح صوب الجمال. كل هذا الانتباه لتفتح زهرة؟ لغصن جديد؟ لحديقة؟الرواية مكتوبة برقة وبحسّية محببة. سأبقي مدينة لكاواباتا بتوجيه بوصلتنا إلى العاطفة الإنسانية. سأقرأه أكثر.

  • إيمان

    رواية شاعرية خلفيتها الأسرة اليابانية والعلاقة بين أفرادها في مجتمع ما بعد الحرب وموضوعها كل ماهو انساني:الجمال, الحب,الشيخوخة الوحدة والموت يعتبر كاواباتا الأول من ثلاثة أدباء يابانيين ممن أحرزوا على جائزة نوبل للادب وذلك"لاحترافيته في السرد التي عبرت بحساسية مفرطة عن ال [...]

  • Raul Bimenyimana

    Shingo is a, self-described, office worker in his sixties. He loves the picturesque, is also committed to the welfare of his family. In other words, a very ordinary man who one might argue has been made sentimental with age.Kawabata however tells a beautiful story through this ordinary character, and through his family. Of a paterfamilias who looks out for his children and grandchildren, who finds beauty in puppies, trees, birds, flowers and people.An observation I made in the book is the contra [...]

  • Nathan

    Recently, after about a year of constant badgering, I convinced a friend of mine to read one of my favorite novels, To the Lighthouse. I figured that once he picked it up, it would need no more selling, Woolf is such an innovative novelist that I could see no way anyone could not fall in love with its lyrical stream of consciousness style. It turns out I was wrong. He hated it. He told me he was bored the whole way through, called the book plotless, and decided that we have very different tastes [...]

  • Paul Christensen

    IShingo hears the mountain roar.IIShingo asks a woman out to dance.IIIShingo’s son is clawed in a storm.IVShingo’s old acquaintance goes to the grave unknowing.VShingo has a dream of renewed youth beyond the ‘moss-grown shell of the ego’Shingo hears more roaring coming from the mountainIShingo drinks from an antique wellIIShingo hears a groaning in the night.IXShingo thinks old women more ‘fertile’ than younger ones; his nipple itches.XShingo is aghast at his daughter-in-law’s abor [...]

  • Galina

    Ето това е то! И животът, и красотата, и младостта, и остаряването и всеки миг от раждането до смъртта, са прости. Защото красотата е семпла, тя е в изчистените форми, в изчистеното слово - в онова лишено от претенции ежедневие, което напомня на поетично тристишие. И което събир [...]

  • Tom Tabasco

    "The sound of the mountain" was written in 1954 by one of the greatest modern Japanese novelists. I'm sorry about my 2 star review, I see the quality of this work, but what I am expressing here is purely "how much I liked the book and the reading experience". Not much at all, that is. To put it in the simplest terms, I found this book incredibly boring. I couldn't care less. I do realize that if I was a Japanese person, living in the '50s, I would perceive this book as something totally differen [...]

  • David

    I think that the people who make "Mad Men" should go to Japan and make "The Sound of the Mountain" TV series. Everyone would love it. Water coolers across America whould be chocker. It would be similar to "Tokyo Story", but less preachy about old people and with much bigger dramas (gangster son-in-law! What a dream!).

  • AC

    There are some books you just sit and read with a sense of wonderment. It is, perhaps, Kawabata's masterpiece.

  • umberto

    3.75 starsReading this novel by Yasunari Kawabata, I think, is within its reader's capability since there are 16 chapters, each having its title from Chapter 1 The Sound of the Mountain, Chapter 2 The Wings of the Locust, Chapter 3 A Blaze of Clouds, to Chapter 16 Fish in Autumn. Moreover, in each chapter, its content's divided into mini-chapters denoted by numbers, that is, No. 1-5 for Chapter 1, No. 1-4 for Chapter 2, No. 1-3 for Chapter 3, , No. 1-5 in Chapter 16. In effect, this kind of vari [...]

  • Ricardo Loup

    Una novela extraña, de gran fuerza y belleza. Uno pensaría que la vida de una familia de la pequeña burguesía japonesa de la postguerra mundial, no revestiría demasiado interés al lector. De hecho, durante casi toda la novela se tiene la sensación de que no pasa nada, la historia no se mueve, sino que se congela en reflexiones y miradas. Sin embargo, la sutileza de Kawabata en los pequeños detalles, la preciosa concisión de sus oraciones, la suave descripción de estados emocionales y s [...]

  • Francisco

    This book is like a tea ceremony where simple acts simply and attentively done have both meaning in and of themselves and also suggest a greater meaning. Or imagine taking a haiku and magically transforming it into a novel that still elicits in the reader the haiku's final "ahh." Shingo, sixty-years-old lives with his wife, his son and daughter-in-law. Later his daughter, abandoned, by her husband comes to live with them. Told from Shingo's perspective, this is the story of Shingo's thoughts and [...]

  • Opat

    Ketika akhirnya selesai membaca, kalimat yang saya ucapkan adalah: Aw, it's pretty.Saya cuma ingin berkeluh kesah soal subjudul (?) yang ditulis "Gelora Cinta Usia Senja" dan ringkasan di cover belakang yang berkesan murahan soal menantunya yang mengambil langkah berani setelah tahu perselingkuhan suaminya. Menurut saya, buku ini sama sekali bukan tentang itu. Ini "hanya" kisah seorang Shingo Ogata dan keluarga, serta orang-orang di sekitarnya. Tentang apa dan asumsi yang ada di pikiran mereka.M [...]

  • Kyle Muntz

    still, contemplative, melancholic, sometimes cruel. a masterpiece

  • Caleb

    “Even when natural weather is good, human weather is bad.”

  • Kurt

    I've been racking my brain trying to come up with a single western author who relys as heavily on nuance and understatement as Yasunari Kawabata. Though not my favourite, The Sound of the Mountain is the most delicately rendered of the 4 Kawabata novels I've read so far:She suggested that they meet at the Shinjuku Garden. Shingo laughed, somewhat disconcerted at this proposed rendezvous.Kikuko seemed to think that she had hit upon a remarkably good idea. "The green will bring you to life.""The S [...]

  • Yuu Sasih

    Setiap habis baca novel jepang itu rasanya pengen menghela napas panjang nan puwaaaassss. Hampir setiap penulis jepang--setidaknya yang saya baca--punya pola retrospeksi yang kalem dan bisa dibilang flat dari awal sampai akhir, tapi sangat reflektif. Ah, keren lah.Review lengkap menyusul.

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