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  • In Praise of Shadows

  • By: Junichiro Tanizaki
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting pov

  • By Mary on 05-26-18

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Reviewed: 03-25-18

Listen to story at X75 to get the full effect of the story. Any faster you’ll miss the important key points.

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