Mailbox Monday (4) March 12, 2012Posted by thehypermonkey in Book talk.
Tags: beauty and sadness, book talk, mailbox monday, yasunari kawabata
by Yasunari Kawabata
The successful writer Oki has reached middle age and is filled with regrets. He returns to Kyoto to find Otoko, a young woman with whom he had a terrible affair many years before, and discovers that she is now a painter, living with a younger woman as her lover. Otoko has continued to love Oki and has never forgotten him, but his return unsettles not only her but also her young lover. This is a work of strange beauty, with a tender touch of nostalgia and a heartbreaking sensitivity to those things lost forever.
I got this book because the idea of revisiting young love struck a chord in me. What would it be like to see a lover you had many years ago? What would it be like to see him or her in the arms of another? The thought has crossed my mind when I think of lovers I’ve had that I’ve lost. I often wonder what’s happened to them, so I think this book will resonate within me to some extent.
Have you ever gotten a book that touched you personally?