Kwaidan

Kwaidan Kwaidan Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafcadio Hearn features several Japanese ghost stories and a brief study on insects Hearn declares in his introduction that most of these stories we

  • Title: Kwaidan
  • Author: Lafcadio Hearn
  • ISBN: 9781625586957
  • Page: 245
  • Format: ebook
  • Kwaidan Stories and Studies of Strange Things, by Lafcadio Hearn, features several Japanese ghost stories and a brief study on insects Hearn declares in his introduction, that most of these stories were translated from old Japanese texts probably with the help of his wife, Setsu Koizumi He also states that one of the stories Yuki onna was told to him by a farmer iKwaidan Stories and Studies of Strange Things, by Lafcadio Hearn, features several Japanese ghost stories and a brief study on insects Hearn declares in his introduction, that most of these stories were translated from old Japanese texts probably with the help of his wife, Setsu Koizumi He also states that one of the stories Yuki onna was told to him by a farmer in Musashi Province, and this was, to the best of his knowledge, the first record of it.

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    1. In my country people say that fear has big eyes but in that case we can equally say that it has slanting ones as well .Kwaidanthen is an interesting collection of Japan weird stories illustrated with drawings of ghosts, demons and other unusual creatures typical of Japan folklore and myth.Written by Lafcadio Hearn, Japanese by choice and avocation, in times when eyes of the Japanese people were turned mainly to the West and the inhabitants of the land of the rising sun seemed to feel only contem [...]

    2. In Japanese folklore, there is the belief that a disquieted spirit, one who has died still troubled by a deep resentment or anger toward those it considered immoral and malevolent ( such as enemies or murderers), will not let go of its attachment to the physical world, in a sense not having been extinguished or quelled by death; having taken such hostile feelings to the grave, will be unable to rest in peace, and therefore will re-emerge by supernatural means fueled with vengefulness.Kwaidan or [...]

    3. In his wonderfully informative and lengthy introduction Paul Murray states that "Kwaidan" translates as "Old Japanese ghost stories" (p.XX). Kwaidan is subtitled "Stories and Studies Of Strange Things".Hearn was born in Greece in 1850 and spent his childhood in Dublin, while in America he was a crime reporter in Cincinnati where he remained until 1877 when he moved to New Orleans, moving to Japan in 1890. Contents:xii - xxv - Introduction - by Paul Murray001 - from "Glimpses Of Unfamiliar Japan" [...]

    4. "Buddhism finds in a dewdrop the symbol of that other microcosm which has been called the soul" This is a collection of weird stories taken mostly from old Japanese books. Lafcadio acknowledges that many of the stories may have a Chinese origin. Mind you, Lafcadio was a lecturer of English literature in the Imperial university of Tokyo (1896-1903) and a honorary member of the Japan society in London; and he lamented not reading Chinese. My sensibility guided me especially to the last chapter of [...]

    5. I have started posting reviews again, at the request of my friends. If you like them, please take time to visit my blog also, where I talk about other things in addition to book reviews.I first encountered Lafcadio Hearn in an Anthology of American stories, in a weird little story: The Boy Who Drew Cats. It was a creepy Japanese fairy tale about a boy whose artistic productions (which were solely of a feline persuasion) came to life and did away with a goblin rat. As a short story, it did not po [...]

    6. This book is divided into 2 sections, the longer one called "Kwaidan," which means 'weird tales' (there are 17 of them) and a shorter section called "Insect-Studies," which is comprised of 3 different essays about butterflies, mosquitoes and ants. All the writings are from a Japanese perspective, though Hearn points out where the tradition is even older and likely comes from an earlier Chinese telling. In the "Kwaidan" section I was reminded of other folklorists who've done the same kind of 'arc [...]

    7. Not what I expected. This collection came across more like the author telling me ABOUT weird tales than actual storytelling. As a result, it was really hard for me to get into any of them, save for the title story.

    8. I came across a manga based on Yuki Onna (the Snow Woman) that reminded me that I meant to read this, someday.

    9. Lafcadio Hearn, çok ayrıksı bir yaşama sahip bir yazar. Hayatının erişkinliğe kadar olan yıllarını Avrupa ve Amerika'da geçiren yazar; sonraki durağı olan Japonya'da deyim yerindeyse büyüleniyor ve Japonya'ya yerleşmenin yanında tam bir Japon olma yolunda kendini geliştirip bir Japon olarak ölüyor. 1800lü yılların sonunda, bu tarz göç ve adaptasyon hikayesi pek çok olan bir şey olmadığından, Hearn bir öncül oluyor ve önemli çalışmalara imza atıyor. "Kvaidan" [...]

    10. Sí, lo admito. Soy de esas personas que ven un libro mínimamente relacionado con Japón y se lanzan a por él sin contemplación ninguna. A estas alturas no creo haber sorprendido a nadie, pero el que aún no me conozca ha de saber que siento una irreprimible y a veces preocupante filiación nipona. Y si a esto le añades un elemento de tipo terrorífico, la salivación se multiplica de manera exponencial. Pero a pesar de mis elevadas exigencias, he tenido la suerte de encontrar en el interior [...]

    11. A much more in-depth look at this book can be found here at my online reading journal; otherwise, here's a brief look.I'm late to the Lafcadio Hearn party, having only read two stories in this collection before picking up this book -- "The Story of Mimi-Nashi-Hoichi" and "Yuki-Onna," which have long been personal favorites. There are seventeen actual "Kwaidan" in this book, and then a section by Hearn called "Insect Studies," three compositions that in their own right are definitely worth readin [...]

    12. I recently joined the group "Friends of Lafcadio Hearn" here on GR's without knowing who he was. So I did my research. He was a British/Greek/American author, who moved to Japan in 1890, and was key in introducing Japanese culture to the West. Kwaidan is a collction of 20 short, strange tales, taken from old Japanese books - a ghostly woman dressed in white appears before a young woodcutter and makes him promise never to tell, a mysterious face shows up in a cup of tea, a girl with no features h [...]

    13. This is a collection of traditional Japanese ghost stories, followed by three charming essays about butterflies, mosquitoes, and ants in Japanese culture. The famous film of the same name by Masaki Kobayashi actually uses stories from three different Lafcadio Hearn works, two of which are from Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things.Kwaidan can easily be read in about three hours and is a good introduction to Hearn's other work about Japan. He became a Japanese citizen, married a Japanese [...]

    14. Kwaidan will be a great travel guide to Japan once Cthulhu rises from the ocean and a universe of muting horrors is poured upon the world. Everything's a demon in these stories. Spoiler.Lafcadio's a lot of fun, and his writing is clean and folky and ethereal, definitely a qualified style for retelling ancient fantasy tales. He's got a lot in common with Lord Dunsany, and that's a big compliment. My version had spectacular colorful illustrations on most pages, to make the whole thing seem like a [...]

    15. Kwaidan is a beautiful selection of Japanese ghost stories; some of them are horrifying, some of them are touching, and all of them provide an intricate look into the many subtleties that make up the Japanese culture. I am greatly enjoyed each and every story in this book, and each of them I enjoyed for different reasons. Some of the stories were translations of old Japanese texts wheras, for others, this book was the first place they were ever written. The author heard them while traveling thro [...]

    16. A good 90% of this book deals with Hearn's retelling of classic Japanese and some Chinese tales. Almost all revolve around death and the spirit world with priests roaming the countryside being forced to settle restless souls, or lost loves returning in spirit/animal form. There is an eerie but mystical feel to most of them with strength of will often triumphing over death and dismemberment. And then the last 10% of the book is "Insect Studies" whereby Hearn examines the role of butterflies, mosq [...]

    17. These stories are quite unexpected, surely bizarre, but each of them somehow relates to our modern lives. It was a pure coincidence that I found this book in the mostly forgotten Japanese shelf of the bookstore, but I'm happy I bought it. Even if it is not so popular, I think it's a must read for anyone who is interested in Japanese history and culture.

    18. İki bölümden oluşan Kvadian özellikle Lafcadio Hearn(Koizumi Yakumo) 'ü tanımak için etkileyici bir başlangıç oldu.İlk bölümde 17 öykü,ikinci kısımda ise böcekler üzerine denemeler görüyoruz.Bir blog gibi bir çok konu hakkında örnek okumakla beraber bu konular bir ayrıksılık oluşturmuyor.

    19. I truly admire Lafcadio Hearn. An international traveler and writer, his works on Japanese ghost stories not only captures the reader, but captures the idiolect inherent in Japanese stories (allow me, reader, the creative license to describe genre, voice, and the content for the diversity which is Japan as an idiolect. I recognize that it is a bit odd, but I also like it as a descriptive maneuver, capturing the individual narrator within the practice and knowledge of a broad region, history, and [...]

    20. I think readers keen on anything Japanese should find reading Lafcadio Hearn’s 17-story Kwaidan (Weird Tales) and 3-insect studies a bit creepily enjoyable and relatively likeable. Taken from old Japanese books, most stories seem to be human being-friendly, that is, the godlike spirits are not ordinary horrible monsters. Moreover, the famous writer has revealed his interpretations/ideas in terms of the second and third kind of annoying insects, the first being quite harmless around a century a [...]

    21. Reading this collection of old Japanese ghost stories, you'd find it hard to believe that they were written by a person of Greek/Irish ancestry. His stories are written in a simple straight-forward style, and his knowledge of Japanese culture and customs are such that if his name wasn't on the cover you'd swear it was written by someone native to that country.The stories themselves are well written and utterly bizarre. Disembodied, floating heads to tragic, spirit-possessed ducks are subjects co [...]

    22. This is an entertaining, easy to read collection of supernatural folktales, but to say that they are Japanese folktales doesn’t paint the complete picture: these are Japanese folktales as filtered through Lafcadio Hearn, whose western influence is felt throughout the collection. Indeed, Hearn explicitly injects a lot of himself into these tales, the story Hi-Mawari is almost entirely about an experience of his and touches upon Japan only briefly. In other tales Hearn discusses the circumstance [...]

    23. «La frase japonesa más vulgar, traducida a cualquier idioma occidental, resulta completamente absurda, y la traducción literal al japonés de la frase inglesa más sencilla resulta ininteligible para un japonés que desconozca el inglés.» Palabras de Lafcadio Hearn, referidas a uno de los clásicos fundamentales de la literatura japonesa: Genji Monogatori. Cuando hace unos años la Editorial Destino la publicó en dos tomos, fue en parte un chasco: traducción de una traducción, recortes p [...]

    24. Fun ghost stories from 1905; mostly strange to me as a European because our "traditional" stories always have a moral, or some point, like "don't stray from the given path", "listen to your superiors" etc. pp. Japanese ghost stories rarely have a moral, the doom brought by ghosts or spirits befalls the good and the evil alike. Karma exists but it it's more useful for reincarnation - there is no all-encompassing "good" like in the Christian worldview.The entire folklore of Japanese yokai is fasci [...]

    25. Upon his arrival in Japan in 1890, Lafcadio Hearn found himself enamored with the culture, people, and stories of the country, and would make Japan his home until his death in 1904. His collections of stories published during this time became the most popular of Hearn's writings, and earned him veneration worldwide as not only a great translator of Japanese mythology, but as a sensational teller of strange and wonderfully macabre tales. "Kwaidan" is most commonly translated as weird or horror ta [...]

    26. I truly enjoyed this read for so many reasons. The book is comprised by two parts, Kwaidan and Insect Studies. The former is a collection of various folklore Japanese tales and stories,whilst the latter and smaller one are three essays on butterflies, mosquitoes and ants respectively.The whole book is fun and easy to read, with the small stories of Kwaidan being easy to process.The atmosphere and vibe from most of them is eerie and ambient,yet it's intricate in a special way that gives the reade [...]

    27. El desconocimiento de la cultura oriental nos hace no entender la mayoría de estos relatos. Algunos pecan de breves, queriendo el autor simplemente mostrarnos un mito o cultura del país que ama.No os imaginéis el típico J-horror asiático, estilo “the ring”. El chasco es de campeonato.

    28. real fun for meto a chinese, the jap folklores are not so profound and mysterious to me, but now i don't think so

    29. Llegué por casualidad a este peculiar libro de Lafcadio Hearn y de verdad lo agradezco, como amante de los cuentos que soy. Kwaidan es una recopilación de historias fantásticas de ese peculiar país que es Japón. Lafcadio vivió allá muchos años y absorbió mucho de su cosmovisión, mientras realizaba diferentes tareas, como profesor y periodista, las cuales plasmó en este y muchos otros libros. Los cuentos que componen Kwaidan, hablan principalmente de fantasmas, un poco del Karma y much [...]

    30. An excellent way to become acquainted with the narrative structure and detail prioritization that differentiates Eastern fairy/folk tales from Western ones. There is much to learn about Japanese culture as viewed through the lens of the empire's most loyal and sympathetic Western adoptee. Hearn's footnotes are just as illuminating at the stories. Especially appreciated the exploration of philosophical and biological evolution of man as compared to the effortlessly, altruistic communal-life of an [...]

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