Saturday, October 18, 2003

Bookmania!: "The Tale of Genji; Murasaki Shikibu. (Seidensticker translation- complete).
Everyone should read this. Prince Genji's adventures in 11th century Japan. His childhood, his innumerable love affairs, and his rise to power in the court. I love the way they all glorify vague melancholy moods into a fine art. The lives of the women are fascinating. Women in Heiian court life were supposed to be learned, good poets, artists and musicians. They had nothing else to do, so they were great writers and great lovers!"

AGREED

Hugh Watkins