Hajime tells the story of his relationship with Shimamoto, an unconventional girl, from their first meetings as children through to life as students. They drift apart, but come together years later when Hajime is married and a father of two.
Born in 1951 in an affluent Tokyo suburb, Hajime - beginning in Japanese - has arrived at middle age wanting for almost nothing. The postwar years have brought him a fine marriage, two daughters, and an enviable career as the proprietor of two jazz clubs. Yet a nagging sense of inauthenticity about his success threatens Hajime's happiness. And a boyhood memory of a wise, lonely girl named Shimamoto clouds his heart.
"A River of Unmindfulness"
Journey to the West is one of the Chinese Noble Classics.
In ancient China a magical monkey appears, creating chaos everywhere he goes. The only way to put his tricks and talents to good use is to make him protector of Xuanzang, a young and handsome monk determined to travel from China to India in search of precious scriptures. Monkey and his fellow disciples, Piggy and Sandy, have to protect Xuanzang from monsters and demons who think they can live forever just by taking bites out of the monk.
Once upon a time there was a poor man who had many children and no measures to give them in the way either of food or clothing. His youngest daughter was very pretty and beautiful. One evening a poor man heard someone knocking at his window. The man went out to see what could be the matter, and when he got out there stood a great big white bear. The bear said to him: "If you want to be rich, give me your youngest daughter!" What was the man to do? Listen to the story to the end to find out!
Rapunzel has magnificent long hair, fine as spun gold and the sweetest voice in the entire kingdom. The witch, however, has Rapunzel locked away in the highest room in her tower. Who will rescue the fair damsel? Children will delight in the telling of the classic fairy tale.
Alexander the Great ruled the greatest Empire of the ancient world, but he was ruled by his mother, called Olympias. There are as many legends about this powerful Queen as there are of her famous son, and the stories began long before she even met Philip of Macedon. Priestess of the Great Goddess, daughter of ruling house of Epiros, witch, and familiar of Serpents... she was a figure of mystery, fascination, and fear even during her own lifetime.
"Nice to see a positive spin on Olympias"
The heartrending story of a British boy's four-year ordeal in a Japanese prison camp during the Second World War. Based on J. G. Ballard's own childhood, this is the extraordinary account of a boy's life in Japanese-occupied wartime Shanghai - a mesmerising, hypnotically compelling novel of war, of starvation and survival, of internment camps and death marches. It blends searing honesty with an almost hallucinatory vision of a world thrown utterly out of joint.
This Pueblo Indian myth explains how the spirit of the Lord of the Sun was brought to the world of men.
Classic Fairy Tales, Volume 3, features 10 of the best-loved fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and other world-renowned storytellers.