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Notes sur la mlodie des choses yI have no idea why this terrible book got so many 5 star reviews I really don t Judging by the cover and the name of the book I expected ghosts hauntings revenge entertainment and a fear factor but the whole thing is so woefully written Its so badly written that I thought surely it must be translated terribly because barely anything makes sense Most of these stories don t involve ghosts at all i feel totally mislead These stories suck the dialogue also sucks and the wording just doesn t roll off the tongue well at all I had to re read many lines because the phrasing is so abysmalDoourself a favour and avoid this or if ou have to experience it get it 2nd hand and cheap These are legends than ghost stories I feel I had some difficulty with remembering who was who due to My Unfamiliarity With Japanese Names Some Of The Stories Correspond unfamiliarity with Japanese names Some of the stories correspond some of the old Irish legends with death and malevolent spirits looming large Apart from that I found it uite repetitive Daughter is on her way to Japan and found this book ideal for reading on the long flight This remarkable set of generally very short tales has the feel and taste of authenticityThe st. Brilliantly entertaining eerie ghost stories regarded as major in Japan by the Irish writer and Japanophile Lafcadio Hearn life inspired bestselling writer Moniue novel The Sweetest FruitsA Penguin ClassicIn this collection of classic ghost stories from Japan beautiful princesses

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Japanese woman had various teaching posts and published books on Japan dying from heart disease in 1904The stories in this volume are written with great care staying close to the sparse and formal style of the original Japanese Hearn was clearly very bright and an accomplished self taught scholarHe was scrupulous in using the correct titles for people and in using or creating the right words for ritual objects and practices His many footnotes explaining terms historical points and religious inferences are admirably succinct The Introduction by Paul Murray I assume is excellent as are the Notes organised by him at the end of the book This approachable and easy to read series of short stories invokes This approachable and easy to read series of short stories invokes uiet and beautiful picture of Japan in times gone by Distinctly Japanese in nature the stories included leave the reader to reflect on what they have been told and the emotions they invite Hearn s own thoughts on the material are eually intriguingI thoroughly recommend this book for those with in an interest in Japanese culture and also anyone who might enjoy ghost stories with of a sense of lingering discomfort than full on fear A very good book. Terrifying faceless mujina who haunt lonely neighborhoods Lafcadio Hearn a master storyteller drew on traditional Japanese folklore infused with memories of his own haunted childhood in Ireland to create chilling tales in Japanese Ghost Stories They are today regarded in Japan as classics in their rig. ,

Ories are thoroughly exotic Western Standards Spirit Western standards spirit devour earthly lovers demons are tamed in fish ponds and samurai monks floating goblin heads We enter a earthly lovers demons are tamed in fish ponds and samurai monks clobber floating goblin heads We enter a in which fear filled superstition is constantly reinforced by horrific acts of vengeance by spirits often female and where hierarchy is as rigidly observed between ghosts as amongst the living The fact that these stories were collected by Hearn direct from a presumably living oral tradition at the end of the nineteenth century is another indicator of how very different are the recent roots of Japan from those of EuropeLafcadio Hearn was as singular as the folk tales which he collected and published in Japan in the 1890s He was born in 1850 to an Irish father and Greek mother in the Ionian island of Lefkada was abandoned by his parents and spent a largely miserable childhood in Ireland and England the last section of this book is about this became a journalist in the USA where his illegal marriage to a black ex slave in 1874 lost him his job spent two ears in the French West Indies translated French fiction wrote short novels arrived in Japan in 1890 where he married Urn out to be frogs paintings come alive deadly spectral brides haunt the living and a samurai delivers the baby of a Shinto goddess with mystical help Here are all the phantoms and ghouls of Japanese folklore rokuro kubi whose heads separate from their bodies at night; jikininki or flesh eating goblins; and. .

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