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Gs up issues of tradition and modernity as it explores writer Oki Toshio's reunion with a young lover from his past Otoko 美しさと哀しみと Utsukushisa Kindle Ueno who is now a famous artist and recluse Ueno is now living with her protegée and a jealous Devastating elegance After reading this I found out that it was his last novel And it was the first by him I ve read Now not sure which way to go He touches such a deep nerve And he does it without being pretentious I might expend on this later

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Beauty and Sadness to kanashimi PDFEPUB #192 Japanese 美しさと哀しみと Utsukushisa to kanashimi to is a novel by Japanese Nobel Prize winning author Yasunari KawabataOpening on the train to Kyoto the narrative in characteristic Kawabata fashion subtly brin Does a novel have to be pretty Can t a novel give account of sadnessCould a novelist be like a painter or sculptor I suppose even a woman s hatred is a kind of loveWhat does it take to be a great author Does one have to condense complex ideas to form out prose which is high on acumen and demanding Could an author write so effortlessly as if he is making no attempt at all as water falls down a hill and yet he could strike you so profoundly that your heart weeps out You may find it amusing until you come across one of the best manifestations of art in flesh and bone who we now know as Kawabata for he writes with unaffected simplicity Human relationships have always been complex one which are infused with intricate emotions easy to display but not so to decipher and there are only a few mortal beings who have been able to express the human emotions with authority which is uintessential to an artist of highest grade of course Yasunari Kawabata seemed to possess all the ingredients which makes him the artist of avant grade Love is certainly one of those exhibitions of human emotion which has a tinge of pain warped inside comfort of adulation and love is eccentric profound but despite that it gives you pleasure of immense scale however only to reveal the underlying sadness Through our craving for beauty we long for love only to lose it however through our experience we come to understand that it is sadness which is permanent As the time passes whatever we seem to consider beauty may become sadness And we feel that love is so abstract an emotion that mortal nature of our universe does seem to elude it and yet it needs manifestation of some mortal being for us to feel itBeauty and sadness two seemingly contradictory abstractions are amalgamated into something which though seem condense however may shred into different manifestations attraction rage or jealousy when compressed Yet it takes an artist of the stature of Kawabata who does it with an understated precision of a surgeon to paint an imagery where both abstractions may rest simultaneously but only delicately as if not to disturb the subtle m lange on the tarpaulin of our consciousness And those who are strong enough who can disturb this delicate spiritual balance who can face the wrath of human sensations are welcome here to the world of Beauty and sadness Unlike the painter or sculptor of a realistic portrait he was able to enter his model s thoughts and feelings to change her appearance as he pleased to invent and to idealize out of his own imagination We are thrown into the world of revolving chairs wherein Oki Toshio a successful author makes a journey to hear the New Year s bells in Kyoto Loneliness encapsulates him even on this ritual journey as moving chairs reminds him of the emptiness of life The sojourn brings up the penetrating memories from the dark recess of his past His former mistress Otoko Ueno who was only 15 when Oki seduced her lives in Kyoto The beauty of crimson rails reminds him about underlying sadness of life about the time spent with Otoko As we say beauty generally brings sadness underlying beneath it He could not escape the pain of having spoiled her life possibly of having robbed her of every chance for happiness The forbidden passionate affair had resulted in a stillborn child followed by Otoko s suicide attempt Otoko still loved Oki her baby and her mother but could these loves have gone unchanged from the time when they were a tangible reality to her Could not something of these very loves have been subtly transformed into self love Of course she would not be aware of it A deep remorse struck Oki for he maintains that Otoko s life has been ruined by him since she did not married One must die early if one s youth immortalized Time has swung its pendulum unaffected of any one s lives as it has been doing since eternity or is it just an illusion As even philosophers do not have any satisfactory answer for time and Otoko attained stature of a cursed celebrity due to the most popular novel by Oki Beauty of the novel heightened to the point that it lost any sense of moral uestioning On the other hand Otoko the cursed celebrity has turned out to be a successful painter who lives with her pupil and uaint lover Keiko Time passed But time flows in many streams Like a river an inner stream of time will flow rapidly at some places and sluggishly at others or perhaps even stand hopelessly stagnant Cosmic time is the same for everyone but human time differs with each person Time flows in the same way for all human beings every human being flows through time in a different way The peace in life of Otoko and Keiko is disturbed by advent of Oki as the deep ridden love of Otoko surges up from the abyss of her consciousness Her awareness of her body was inseparable from her memory of his embrace The tragic event sets tone of the book and sadness takes breath from the graveyard of beauty Several unhealed wounds from the past open up brazenly and hurt all three of them through emotions underlying beneath the veneer of beauty love and we see the haunting world of hate jealously revenge surges up Sometimes it reminded her of that faint murderous impulse that had fitted through her mind If she had killed Keiko she herself would not have gone on living Later that impulse seemed like a vaguely familiar wraith Was that another time when she missed a chance to die The prose of novel as usual is uite picturesue one could actually feel the stillness of hills as if you are sitting right across Oki the narrator you immerse yourself in the peaceful silence of mountains infused with soothing songs of birds when sound of wooden logs interrupts your meditation as if the calmness of universe is disturbed by some cosmic event The characteristic which makes it uniue among novels by the author is that characters are given ample space here to be developed fully unlike other books which are essentially psychological interior monologues Kawabata omits details of some of the seemingly important events it makes the impact all the powerful since we can only imagine what went on It represents a classic example illustrating how great storytelling resides not only in what is shown but in what a writer chooses to omit we generally say beauty lies underneath She could not say why these rather inconspicuous green slopes had so touched her heart when along the railway line there were mountains lakes the sea at times even clouds dyed in sentimental colors But perhaps their melancholy green and the melancholy evening shadows of the ridges across them had brought on the pain Then too they were small well groomed slopes with deeply shaded ridges not nature in the wild and the rows of rounded tea bushes looked like flocks of gentle green sheep Kawabata painstakingly peels off layers of time to unfurl the spiraling resonations of the past as the ardent jealously and desire for tragic revenge took over Keiko The prose of Kawabata shows several moments of artistic grace interspersed with violent human emotions to their extremes which may be disturbing at times though The nature and thrust of own artistic sensibility of the author in short is the ultimate subject and everything argued and judged confessed and regretted Perhaps because of Kawabata s lightness of touch Beauty and Sadness may appear on casual reading to be rather slight Yet it is perhaps the most elegantly constructed of Kawabata s novels Like all of his works it needs to be relished by the reader slowly like poetry than prose associations must be given time to form small details must be carefully absorbed 455

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Lover Keiko Sakami and the unfolding relationships between Oki Otoko and Keiko form the plot of the novel Keiko states several times that she will avenge Otoko for Oki's abandonment and the story coalesces into a climactic Utsukushisa to kanashimi Epub #220 ending 45 Stars Review to come


10 thoughts on “美しさと哀しみと Utsukushisa to kanashimi to

  1. says:

    Utsukushisa to Kanashimi to Beauty and Sadness Yasunari KawabataBeauty and Sadness is a 1964 novel by Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata Opening on the train to Kyoto the narrative in characteristic Kawabata fashion subtly brings up issues of tradition and modernity as it explores writer Oki Toshio's reunion with a young lover from his past Otoko Ueno who is now a famous artist and recluse Ueno is now living with her protégée an

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    Does a novel have to be pretty Can’t a novel give account of sadnessCould a novelist be like a painter or sculptor I suppose even a woman's hatred is a kind of loveWhat does it take to be a great author Does one have to condense complex ideas

  3. says:

    “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us” Frank Kafka Beauty and Sadness is much than a mere contrivance to attract

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    This uiet haunting novel puts an intriguing twist on the love triangle narrativeOki Toshio is a well known middle aged writer When he was in his early 30s he had an affair with an innocent teenager Otoko got her pregnant he was married at the time and essentially ruined her life He then dealt with the experien

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    Beauty and Sadness is an understated delicate story It begins with the sad memories of Oki Toshio an eminent writer and then gradually but fiercely reveals how those long ago events have done damage to the lives of many All is revealed in an uncomplicated style and without overt judgement from the author He lets the story

  6. says:

    Devastating elegance After reading this I found out that it was his last novel And it was the first by him I’ve read Now not sure which way to go He touches such a deep nerve And he does it without being pretentious I might expend on this later

  7. says:

    45 Stars Review to come

  8. says:

    The acrylics are laid on a wooden table with monochromatic perfection A blank canvass waits to be explored Water droplets glisten as they leave

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    If we rid ourselves of every cultural artifact that blended love and hate together in eual measure we would be be left with very little that is worth remembering Love without hate is optimistic and hate without love is depressing but to have both That is an accurate portrayal of ourselves and after countless millennia we still crave the tales that delve unflinchingly into that bright and terrible line between the two But is it really a li

  10. says:

    This is gonna get hypothetical because there are film versions of Beauty and Sadness Tristesse et beauté and Utsukushisa to kanashimi Somehow I haven't seen either one of these not even when mass viewing Charlotte Rampling films in the early

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