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Publisher's Summary

The story of the doomed love affair of a wealthy sophisticate, Shimamura, and the geisha Komako, at a mountain hotspring resort in western Japan, one of the snowiest regions on earth.
©1984 Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Douglas on 04-24-16

The Tragedy...

of a woman socially beneath the love she desires, a fragile girl, and a man not quite capable of truly loving either of them.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Victor Goldin on 02-07-17

A n exploration of being human

As Russian literature is so informative about the darker side of hunaness this amazing Japanese novel explores the paradoxes of love.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Yoshay on 07-17-18

Eloquent like an undisturbed surface of water

I really enjoyed this quiet narrative about a powerful and tragic love between the wealthy but lonely male protagonist Shimamura from Tokyo and Komako a provincial geisha in the remote town of Yuzawa. Wonderfully narrated this is a tale that leaves one wistful and sad

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1 out of 5 stars
By L on 03-25-13

Didn't finish it

I bought this after I heard good reviews on BBC Radio 4's " A good read" . I was disappointed. It was very slow-moving and too descriptive for me.

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1 of 9 people found this review helpful

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