Kwaidan has ratings and reviews. Karl said: In his wonderfully informative and lengthy introduction Paul Murray states that Kwaidan translate. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Known primarily as an early interpreter of Japanese culture and customs, the famous writer Lafcadio Hearn also wrote ghost stories—”delicate.

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KWAIDAN: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

The stories are short but their length doesn’t affect their potency; by virtue of being stories that have been handed down over several centuries, the reader also gets a look at ancient Japan from different angles, from the world of the kwaldan on down to that of the lowliest peasant.

There are seventeen actual “Kwaidan” in this book, and then a section by Hearn called “Insect Studies,” three compositions that in their own right are definitely worth readin A much more in-depth look at this book can be found here at my online reading journal ; otherwise, here’s a brief look. Hearn declares lafcadip his introduction to the first hearb of the book, which he wrote on January 20,shortly before his death, that most of these stories were translated from old Japanese texts. Fear, it seems, doesn’t observe nation boundaries.

Review of Kwaidan by Lafcadio Hearn

The stories are generally well presented, though the convention of many is to have an opening paragraph that locates the setting to particular towns and provinces, which will be of no value to anyone lacking familiarity with the geography of Japan. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps as kwwaidan of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the worldkwaisan other notations in the work.

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Yuki-Onna – ‘The Snow-Woman’ is a haunting fantasy, beautifully told: Patrick Lafcadio Hearn in Greek: Tale of Genji is a good start, and more than many people even experience when it comes to Japanese Literature. It is a world of constant upheaval in terms of the physical world and also vis a vis the traditional social order. Riki-Baka is based on a personal experience of Hearn’s. View all 6 comments. To ask other readers questions about Kwaidanplease sign up.

Oct 08, Chi — cuddle. I have started posting reviews again, at the request of my friends. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Kwaidan or ‘weird tales’, is a collection of 20 gothic Japanese sketches written by Greek- born, Japanese emigrant Lafcadio Hearn.

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Kwaidan is therefore a superior collection in terms of actually telling these strange tales, Hearn having focused more on being a good storyteller than on precisely translating preexisting texts.

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The section on ants veers off into a wonderful metaphysical discussion about ant society being a morally superior existence to human society due in large part to its physiological removal of selfish lafcadlo sex and greed in favor of behaviors that support lafcadi whole community over the individual. It is the great fortune of all of us that Hearn decided to translate these creepy gems which might have remained confined to Japan for the rest of the world.

Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafcadio Hearn – Free Ebook

I hope to remain within hearing of kwwaidan bell The stories themselves are well written and utterly bizarre. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations.


I recognize that it is lafcasio bit odd, but I also like it as a descriptive maneuver, capturing the individual narrator within the practice and knowledge of a broad region, history, and language. Neither collection is exactly what I was seeking, however.

lafcaio The author heard them while traveling through small-town Japan and enjoyed them so much that he transcribed them. It’s fun and easy to read.

I first encountered Lafcadio Hearn in an Anthology of American stories, in a weird little story: Sep 02, Bbrown rated it liked it. For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: He became a Japanese citizen, married a Japanese This is a kwaidn of traditional Japanese ghost stories, followed by three charming essays about butterflies, mosquitoes, and ants in Japanese culture.

My version had spectacular colorful illustrations on most pages, to make the whole thing seem like a lovely dream-ride. All the writings are from a Japanese perspective, though Hearn points out where the tradition is even older and likely comes from an earlier Chinese telling.

We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service. This collection came across more like the author telling me ABOUT weird tales than actual storytelling.

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