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kathaweaver

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  • The New Yorker, October 17th 2011 (Tad Friend, Michael Specter, James Surowiecki)

    • HIGHLIGHTS (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tad Friend, Michael Specter, James Surowiecki
    • Narrated By Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall
    Overall
    (9)
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    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    "A Walk in the Park", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "How Steve Jobs Changed", by James Surowiecki; "Second-Act Twist", by Tad Friend; "Getting a Fix", by Michael Specter; and "Creepy Shows", by David Denby.

    Blue says: "This is journalism not an Anita Shreve novel."
    "Short on features, missing Japan story"
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    While grateful for having some New Yorker content beautifully read, I was disappointed that the feature on radiation in Japan, a major offering, was not offered. Would very much encourage the offering of just one additional feature story as a routine benefit.

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  • Beauty and Sadness

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Yasunari Kawabata
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
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    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Returning to Kyoto, where temple bells announce the New Year, a grave and penitent Oki is drawn to a haunting obsession from his past. Gently lyrical, yet fierce with the stark intensity of passion, Kawabata's last novel tells the story of the lasting consequences of a brief love affair.

    A User says: "nostalgic literature from Japan"
    "Beauty and Sadness"
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    I wouldn't start with this late novel. Don't want to say too much about it, it has a fascinating mood of impending doom, nostalgia, frustration. I even got caught up in the plot/drama, but do not think it an entirely successful work, more of a fable than character study. I am devoted to this author and his tonality and especially when the characters work as realistic persons. Many pleasing things in the prose descriptions, the evocations of season, time of day, a floating world.

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