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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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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful