Welcome to The Summer of Genji

2 Jun

We’ll be starting our massive group read of The Tale of Genji on June 15. Till then, have a look at our schedule and find out about us.

And if you want to read along, have a look at the sidebar to the right to see which translation we’re using.

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14 Responses to “Welcome to The Summer of Genji”

  1. Jared June 4, 2010 at 1:07 am #

    I’m game! Just curious: what made you decide on Genji?

    • scottesposito June 5, 2010 at 2:10 am #

      I’m not sure there’s a real answer to that question. I just seemed like one of those huge, intriguing books that we all felt like we should have read at some point but never did. And it seemed like a book that would provide a lot of grist for the old blogging mill.

  2. M. June 4, 2010 at 4:41 am #

    Yes, yes, yes.

  3. Lauren June 5, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    Awesome! I just taught this to my freshmen (in the abridged Royall Tyler translation) this past semester and they loved it. This is a great excuse to get the full edition and read/discuss it with, er, not-freshmen.

  4. Colleen June 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    I’m in. This book has been sitting on my shelf for far too long!

  5. kubla June 7, 2010 at 10:26 pm #

    I’d just decided to read this on my own. Now I can join in. Looking forward to it.

  6. Elaine Corwin June 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    I’m in, too. Just picked up the 2 volume hardcover at Powell’s. I’ll try to get my act together enough to blog about it as well.

  7. Chris Kern June 10, 2010 at 8:49 am #

    Sounds great! I’m a PhD student specializing in Genji so I’ve already read it several times, but I love seeing other people’s responses to the story.

    • David Fahy June 14, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

      What do you think of the choice of translation? — Tyler vs. Seidensticker?

  8. P.N. June 11, 2010 at 10:21 pm #

    Having lived in Korea for the past two years, I’ve visited Japan twice, just briefly, but you, Scott et al, have inspired me to go back for another visit this summer, with Genji in hand.

    A friend I usually stay with who lives just outside Kyoto tells me there’s a temple near his house where Murasaki composed at least part of her book. I hope that as we read I’ll find more things to investigate when I’m over there.

    Very much looking forward to the conversation with you all!

  9. Elaine Corwin June 14, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

    I’m glad we’re going with the Tyler. I’ve had some problems reading Seidensticker’s translations of other Japanese works. One of them was so bad I never finished it. (It was one of the Tanizaki works if I remember correctly.) So far I’ve been enjoying what I’ve read of Tyler’s work.

  10. Minorca Wing June 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

    Perfect. I have this edition, so far unread, and June 15 is my birthday, an auspicious day to embark on this journey.

  11. Rebecca W. March 29, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    I have tried to read this enormous novel many times in the past. I think that I’m actually going to accomplish reading the book this time. Or at least I hope to anyway. Was it worth buying it on Ebay for $5.00? Instead of reading it in June, I will be starting it in April and contuining it as the dates correspond to the schedule. Thank you for helping me.

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