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  • In Praise of Shadows

  • By: Junichiro Tanizaki
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
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  • Story
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In Praise of Shadows is an eloquent tribute to the austere beauty of traditional Japanese aesthetics. Through architecture, ceramics, theatre, food, women, and even toilets, Tanizaki explains the essence of shadows and darkness, and how they are able to augment beauty. He laments the heavy electric lighting of the West and its introduction to Japan, and shows how the artificial, bright, and polished aesthetic of the West contrasts unfavorably with the moody and natural light of the East.

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  • An interesting pov

  • By Mary on 05-26-18

An interesting pov

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Reviewed: 05-26-18

I was recommended this book by my Japanese teacher. He told me that it was a perfect example of how Japan (or the generality of it) saw the western world. I can say that I somewhat agree with the author. While it is not an analysis on the western world itself but on the USA specifically, it is a good in-depth pondering on how much damage does the USA inflict on all the societies it comes in contact with. Then again, I am tired and maybe I am rambling. Regardless, I do recommend it

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