The Tale of Murasaki

The Tale of Murasaki

A Novel

Book - 2001
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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.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2001, c2000
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9780385497954
Characteristics: xix, 426 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm


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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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