The Tale of Murasaki

The Tale of Murasaki

A Novel

Book - 2001
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The Tale of Murasaki is an elegant and brilliantly authentic historical novel by the author of Geisha and the only Westerner ever to have become a geisha.

In the eleventh century Murasaki Shikibu wrote the world's first novel, The Tale of Genji , the most popular work in the history of Japanese literature. In The Tale of Murasaki , Liza Dalby has created a breathtaking fictionalized narrative of the life of this timeless poet-a lonely girl who becomes such a compelling storyteller that she is invited to regale the empress with her tales. The Tale of Murasaki is the story of an enchanting time and an exotic place. Whether writing about mystical rice fields in the rainy mountains or the politics and intrigue of the royal court, Dalby breathes astonishing life into ancient Japan.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2001, c2000
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed. --
ISBN: 9780385497954
Branch Call Number: FIC Dalby 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xix, 426 p. :,ill., maps


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Sep 17, 2013

Lisa Dalby writes a fictionalized account of the life of Murasaki Shikibu, author of the Tales of Genji, the world's first novel. I liked this book a great deal, although I thought it dragged a bit towards the end. Dalby provides a very colorful look at the upper echelons of Japanese society more than a millenium ago.

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