The Tale of Murasaki

The Tale of Murasaki In a wonderful world shaped by beauty and poetry ancient traditions and popular intrigue a young woman at the centre of the eleventh century Japanese imperial court observes the exotic world around

  • Title: The Tale of Murasaki
  • Author: Liza Dalby
  • ISBN: 9780099284642
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a wonderful world shaped by beauty and poetry, ancient traditions and popular intrigue, a young woman at the centre of the eleventh century Japanese imperial court observes the exotic world around her Murasaki sees everything, the Emperor and Empress, aristocrats and concubines, warriors and servants, her own family She records a remarkable place of political and sexuIn a wonderful world shaped by beauty and poetry, ancient traditions and popular intrigue, a young woman at the centre of the eleventh century Japanese imperial court observes the exotic world around her Murasaki sees everything, the Emperor and Empress, aristocrats and concubines, warriors and servants, her own family She records a remarkable place of political and sexual plotting, male power and female manipulation, as she writes the Tale of Genji, the masterpiece of Japanese literature.

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      With its fascinating story of characters caught up in a world they themselves don t understand, Hidden Buddhas may well be Liza Dalby s best work yet Besides taking us on a journey through little known corners of Japan, it offers us an engaging and believable portrait of people driven to do things they may not have imagined Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha According to esoteric Buddhist theology, the world is suffering through a final corrupt era Many in Japan believe that after the world ends, the Buddha of the Future will appear and bring about a new age of enlightenment Hundreds of temples in Japan are known to keep mysterious hidden buddhas secreted away except on rare designated viewing days Are they being protected, or are they protecting the world From these ancient notions of doom and rebirth comes a startling new novel by the acclaimed author of Geisha and The Tale of Murasaki Hidden Buddhas A Novel of Karma and Chaos explores the karmic connections between Japanese fashion, pilgrimage, dying honeybees, bad girls with cell phones, murder by blowfish, and the Buddhist apocalypse Something of a Buddhist Da Vinci Code, Hidden Buddhas travels through time to expose a mystery you will never forget.


    1. I very much enjoyed Liza Dalby's The Tale of Murasaki while I was reading it. But it was only after I read two other books that I realized exactly how good the book was. These other two books were the real-life memoirs/diaries of Murasaki Shikibu (author of The Tale of Genji, the 11th century masterpiece considered by many to be the world's first novel) and A Tale of Flowering Fortunes, a classical Heian work that deals with the same age. (The latter book has been itself "reworked" in A Tale of [...]

    2. Liza Dalby's enchanting book The Tale of Murasaki is a brilliantly imagined fictional biography of the 11th-century Japanese writer Murasaki Shikibu, author of The Tale of Genji. Dalby's novel draws directly from the surviving fragments of Murasaki's own diary and poetry to create a vivid and emotionally detailed portrait of an intelligent, sensitive and complex woman drawn initially to writing stories about the amorous encounters of Prince Genji as a means of entertaining her friends and expres [...]

    3. A gorgeous novel to read, and a delight. It's free of the usual idiocies that most Western novelists tend to throw into Japanese settings, and a must-read for anyone interested in Heian culture or The Tale of Genji.For the longer review, please go here:telynor.epinions/content_3

    4. I couldn't relate to the main character, Murasaki. The author did not provide enough details to make the emotions and situations believable or they simply weren't believable to begin with.

    5. This book is not for everyone. Those who have little interest or enthusiasm for very, very old Japanese history and customs will probably find this book a bit tedious. Also, for those with basically no knowledge of Japanese character, the sensibilities presented here may be off putting. Heian era Japan is a world unto itself, having more strangeness and ephemeral qualities than any modern author could hope to give it and Liza Dalby does an admirable job trying to breath life into it again. For a [...]

    6. Murasaki Shikibu was the author of the first novel in history, and the participant in the refined and vibrant culture of the 11th century Japanese imperial court. For a story based on the life of such a person this book is a bit slow and unexciting. Murasaki is not the only potentially fascinating character in this book, there are other legendary ladies of letters: Sei Shōnagon, Izumi Shikibu, Mother of Michitsuna (the author of The Gossamer Diary), Akazome Emon but they all seem to be simply p [...]

    7. The first/only American to qualify as a geisha wrote this in the first person, as a semi-fictionalised autobiography of an 11th century author who was also lady-in-waiting to an empress. She was famous for the tales of a character called Genji, but also wrote poems and a journal. The modern author used the journal and poems to construct the story, creating parallels between her life and that of the main characters in her tales. It's a fascinating insight into medieval Japanese court life, with l [...]

    8. Prima străină devenită gheișă, cu un doctorat în antropologie și cu o mare pasiune pentru cultura japoneză, scriitoarea americană Liza Dalby reconstituie în Povestea doamnei Murasaki atât povestea unei epoci (sfârșitul epocii Heian), cât și povestea unei cărți (Povestea Prințului Genji, primul roman al literaturii japoneze și, se pare, al lumii, cu mult înaintea lui Don Quijote). Romanul urmărește atât viața scriitoarei Shikibu Murasaki, pe care Liza Dalby o reconstituie [...]

    9. Oh hey, look, it's my first decent review!Now let's get to the pointI was conflicted about how much I liked this book I finished it unable to get rid of the sense of the incomplete. I expected a little more from a book detailing the life of such an important woman.The story details the life and musings of Japan's greatest author of antiquity - the fabled Murasaki Shikibu, who rose as a prominent figure in the Japanese imperial court in 11th century. She was mysterious, intelligent and meticulous [...]

    10. I hate that I will never again read The Tale of Murasaki for the first time. Liza Dalby's story transcended time. While I was between these pages I felt I was looking through a window into 11th century Japan. That's a precious talent with precious results: how the main character, Murasaki, and I share some of the same concerns and angst—even across time we are not alone in our fears. And while some reviewers criticized the book's slow pace, I didn't mind. I felt the pacing reflected the langui [...]

    11. I've had this book for a long time (along with the Tale of Genji), and it is a perfect summer escape to the life of a Lady at Japanese court in the 11th century. This may sound rather dry, but Liza has taken all of Murasaki's poems as well as her journals and, of course, the "Tale," and created a very interesting book of Kyoto as seen by a woman from age 10 to 60. No detail too small, from court intrigue, family squabbles, romance with a young chinese noble, plants, robes, snow, childbirth, and [...]

    12. Intima recreación de la vida femenina en el hogar y la corte japonesas en la transición entre los siglos X y XI.Delicadas descripciones de interior y naturaleza salpicadas de Haikus medievales.Creo que no estaba yo para tanta levedad y sutileza. Me ha parecido un aburrido número de casa y jardín con poesía en lugar de fotos.

    13. A fascinating insight into Japanese court life and the culture of that early century, experienced through the life of one young woman. So well researched and authentic, as well as deeply emotional, a brilliant example of social anthropology translating into very readable fiction - inspiring!

    14. 4,5Adoré. Maintenant, je veux aller au Japon. Mais au Japon de l'an 1000. Va falloir appeler le Docteur!

    15. I'm fascinated by Japanese and Chinese culture and history but parts of this book are like wading through mud.

    16. Considering the author's intentions and motivations, this book is a truly exceptional example of the writer's craft. It is very involving and engaging to the reader, even considering that the main character, Fuji, was a woman who lived in 11th-century Japan and the reader, in this case, is a 21st-century American man. As far as the differences between my way of life and hers are concerned, the story almost might as well have been about a space alien - except that, of course, the human culture of [...]

    17. While the book is interesting in that it is full of period detail, the story drags pretty badly. I enjoyed the insight into a writer's mind, but found the constant repetition of "I wanted to write, but I couldn't because I had to do this instead" pretty dull after a while. There are too many characters who are more like names that are occasionally dropped until suddenly the character comes to visit and the reader is told that this character is very important to the narrator, which is rather hard [...]

    18. I really loved this book. I really loved The Tale of Genji and I first read it in high school when all my emotions and passion felt stronger because I was feeling them for the first time. So that classic Heian period novel really touched me in its honest portrayal of a flawed but terribly charming Prince Genji.So when I heard that there was a fiction book out about the author's lifewell, I bought it right away and devoured it in one day.This is beautifully written and a great starter for people [...]

    19. I found that being obsessed with Japanese culture, past and present, helped in reading this book. My interpretation of why many readers "didn't relate to the main character" or found the story "unbelievable" or "slow" is a lack of familiarity with the very alien culture and style (to those of non-Asian background, reading, or experience). Part of the slowness of the book is that it's not an action book by any means, and that it's much like real life--full of small rather than exciting events, wi [...]

    20. The Tale of Murasaki: A Novel is an introduction to the Japanese classic, and the first novel ever written, The Tale of Genji. It is a fictional account of the life of Lady Murasaki Shikubu, the author of the Tales of Genji, written in a similar style to her classic novel, but adding all the explanations and details about court society that are omitted from the original classic novel. It helps the reader to understand the use of poetry for communication andthe difficulty of reading between the l [...]

    21. The endorsement from Arthur Golden (of Memoirs of a Geisha infamy) already lowered my expectations. The first part of the book was pleasant, even though the plot and characters were poorly imagined. As soon as Murasaki gets to court, however, the novel plateaus out into sheer repetitive, tedious drivel. For a more richly creative engagement with the historical figure of Murasaki and her novel, Tale of Genji, I recommend Fumiko Enchi's work, especially Masks. Enchi achieves what Dalby cannot--a r [...]

    22. Revisiting this:My old friend MurasakiA beautiful lifeWoven out of poetryAnd gossamer history.Usually historical novels do not appeal to me, but Murasaki Shikibu--the world's first novelist--can't fail to appeal. Descriptions of elegant Heian Era court life might explain part of my joy in it, but I think the large swaths of Murasaki's own poetry and diary that Dalby sprinkles liberally throughout the text goes further. I highly recommend this story for anyone who likes poetry, history, Japan, te [...]

    23. I enjoyed the first part, and learned a few things about Japan (and China, due to Murasaki's friendship with a Chinese man).However, the minutiae of the Japanese court, the ladies, the servants, the arrangements and endless poems didn't really grab my attention.I did learn that most people's lives there seemed to be at the whim of man and fate.10 points for the summer09 challenge and not easily achieved

    24. I was enthralled with this picture of 11th century Japan, a fictional memoir of Murasaki Shikibu, authhor of Tale of Genji, the world's first novel. Based on diaries and poetry, Dalby gives us a detailed portrayal of the life of a well educated young woman, daughter of a scholar, and later at the Imperial Court, - the seasons, clothing, rituals, intrique, literature and the need to live in harmony with nature. A little too long perhaps, but still a page turner.

    25. Really great, THIS is what I wanted from "Memoirs of a Geisha" and didn't get.Maybe I just prefer the style of life in Japan 1000 years ago rather than 100?The atmosphere was so vividly painted, I really felt like I got a good idea of the life she lead.Now of course I must read the real Murasaki's "Tale of Genji" - this book here is a fictional tale of the life of that author, based on her writings and what little scraps there are surviving of her actual life.

    26. I found this a beautifully written imagining of the life of Lady Murasaki, author of The Tale of Genji, interwoven with her actual journal writings. I'd be very interested to read her journal now, as I really couldn't tell which bits were Murasaki and which bits were Dalby, who achieved an elegant, slightly distant style without sacrificing emotion.

    27. Though the beginning was somewhat interesting in its tales of life in 11th century Japan, once the story got to "court" the rivalries, jealousies, petty jokes played on others were like any soap opera today. It is written from the point of view of the woman who is said to have written the first "romance novel". Perhaps if I had read that, I might appreciate the background speculated by this author. It's redeeming parts were the many samples of the rich poetry used in communications at the time. [...]

    28. I enjoyed reading The Tale of Genji, but loved reading The Tale of Murasaki. The world Genji's author, pieced together from known history of the time and some of her own recovered writings, was so much more relatable than the fictional, dazzling, but ultimately shallow Genji. I enjoyed how Ms. Dalby shared my exasperation with Genji and made this struggle one that Genji's own creator, Murasaki, was also burdened with. Also, the descriptions of 11th century Japanese court customs and styles were [...]

    29. A beautiful and evocative portrait of Heian-era Japan, written by a woman who has studied the culture extensively. That said, the cover quote referring to the book as languorous is entirely accurate both in the good and bad sense of the word. There's not much of a driving through-line or plot to this novel, but if you want to take a vacation in another life for a while it's an interesting choice, particularly if you're fascinated by the fashion and court of ancient Japan.

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