Two hundred and twenty tales from medieval Japan—tales that welcome us into a fabulous faraway world populated by saints, scoundrels, ghosts, magical. Buy Japanese Tales (Pantheon Fairy Tale & Folklore Library) Reissue by Royall Tyler (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices. This selection of over two hundred tales from medieval Japan includes stories of miracles, visions of hell, jokes, fables, and legends from history.

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These tales are great–many are short, only one to two pages. Definitely read the introduction first–it provides much needed context.

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The translation and layout gets a solid 4. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. May 20, Mandy rated it really liked it. Stories of miracles, visions of hell, jokes, fables, and legends, these tales reflect the Japanese worldview during a classic period in Japanese Here are two hundred and twenty dazzling tales from medieval Japan, tales that welcome us into a fabulous, faraway world populated by saints and scoundrels, ghosts and magical healers, and a vast assortment of deities and demons.

I was surprised, though, that among theI only recognized one the old woman who rescues the sparrow.

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This is an important book. Incense Smoke The Awakening The Failure I read this book in preparation for a trip to Japan I was supposed to take, but it’s inspired a lot of interest in more historical lore and myths and legends from other cultures as well.


These legends and popular tales in all, ranging from one to three pagesopen windows upon tradition and reality in medieval Japan.

You will find many of the tales in this collection scattered about in different versions in other collections, for example in Mitford’s Tales of Old Japan from the end of the C19, and collections of Akutagawa’s English translations available work. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

The introduction by the translator gives a thorough picture of the Japan of the period in which the tales were told, and how each of the characters figures into an There are over tales in this collection, and many of them are tiny. One Mouthful Here are two hundred and twenty tales from medieval Japan which are so stunning that this book was re-read several times. These vigorously and colloquially translated tales recall worlds talws by Chaucer, Boccaccio, Perrault, and Grimm; East and West meet in common pursuit of ways to endure social and natural adversity.

Overall though, this collection of tales is an excellent addition to the canon of English translations of ancient Japanese literature and provides great insight to the mind and world of Heian Japan. The Buddha with Lots of Hands 94 Share your thoughts with other customers.

Many of them were too short to be engaging, and the few actually interesting stories were squished between several bland ones. To get the free app, japnaese your mobile phone number.

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The Chanting Skull The tales in this book japamese not folktales or legends, but rather literary tales in the same mode as the above but written down in earlier time periods than most Japanese folktales seem to be set in. Aug 25, Blow Pop rated it did not like it Shelves: Concurrent with his civic career, Royall Tyler enjoyed another vocation. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.


Singed Fur This anthology collects a wide range of Japanese tales from a period roughly spanning from about the C8 to the C I thought this book would have the generic fairy tales in Japan. In the Nick of Time I couldn’t bring myself to finish this collection because all of the tales are thoroughly male-centric — the few women characters don’t even have names! Melon Magic 3 3. While the reading can feel a bit murky with the fluctuating stories, Japanese Tales is an intriguing piece of literature for anyone interested in Japanese mythos and fables.

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Critics have commented at some length on his use of dialect and satire and upon his indictment of jaanese European influences on the naive and upright American character. The Unknown Third They are not your happy-sappy Disney fairy tales at all, but a wonderful insight into a different culture, if you are not Japanese.

Tyler proved himself an excellent counselor and barrister; in he became chief justice of the Supreme Court of Vermont, as well as a trustee and law professor at the University of Vermont. Would love to find a better collection that presents a rich narrative