The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon

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The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon is a fascinating detailed account of Japanese court life in the eleventh century Written by a lady of the court at the height of Heian culture this book enthralls wit
  • Title: The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon
  • Author: Sei Shōnagon Ivan Morris
  • ISBN: 9780140442366
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon is a fascinating, detailed account of Japanese court life in the eleventh century Written by a lady of the court at the height of Heian culture, this book enthralls with its lively gossip, witty observations, and subtle impressions Lady Shonagon was an erstwhile rival of Lady Murasaki, whose novel, The Tale of Genji, fictionalized the The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon is a fascinating, detailed account of Japanese court life in the eleventh century Written by a lady of the court at the height of Heian culture, this book enthralls with its lively gossip, witty observations, and subtle impressions Lady Shonagon was an erstwhile rival of Lady Murasaki, whose novel, The Tale of Genji, fictionalized the elite world Lady Shonagon so eloquently relates Featuring reflections on royal and religious ceremonies, nature, conversation, poetry, and many other subjects, The Pillow Book is an intimate look at the experiences and outlook of the Heian upper class, further enriched by Ivan Morris s extensive notes and critical contextualization.
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    Elegant ThingsA white coat worn over a violet waistcoat Duck eggs.Shaved ice mixed with liana syrup and put in a new silver bowl.A rosary of rock crystal.Snow on wisteria or plum blossoms.A pretty child eating strawberries Sei Shonagon was a lady in waiting to the Empress of Japan during the Heian period At one point, she was given some extra paper that had been lying around and decided to make a pillow book a book kept by her bed, where she jotted down stories, memories, lists, and whatever els [...]

    A thousand years ago, one evening, a woman picked up her brush, drew it over an inkstone and wrote.In spring it is the dawn that is most beautiful As the light creeps over the hills, their outlines are dyed a faint red and wisps of purplish cloud trail over them.In summer, the nights Not only when the moon shines, but on dark nights too, as the fireflies flit to and fro, and even when it rains, how beautiful it is She was a lady in waiting who served ten years in the court of a Heian Empress her [...]

    Less interesting than its closest contemporary, The Tale of Genji, this is another interesting book about the intimate life of the Japanese imperial court during the Heian period as Genji is as well It is full of interesting anecdotes and pillow talk thus the title , but in a less poetic style as Genji which for me remains the reference and the milestone.

    Lovely, amazing, brilliant book from a court lady with spectacular wit and humor I really need to reread this again some day When I have a week to spare.I ve never had to work so hard to read a book before It s been years since I ve read it, but this book took me days and days to read, mainly because of all the footnotes And you HAVE to read the footnotes Every entry had a footnote, and I had to constantly flip back and forth to read it in order to understand the context.

    He spoke to me of Sei Sh nagon, a lady in waiting to Princess Sadako at the beginning of the 11th century, in the Heian period Do we ever know where history is really made Rulers ruled and used complicated strategies to fight one another Real power was in the hands of a family of hereditary regents the emperor s court had become nothing than a place of intrigues and intellectual games But by learning to draw a sort of melancholy comfort from the contemplation of the tiniest things this small gr [...]

    AcknowledgementsChronologyIntroductionFurther ReadingNote on the Translation The Pillow BookAppendix 1 PlacesAppendix 2 People and Where They AppearAppendix 3 TimeAppendix 4 Glossary of General TermsAppendix 5 Court Ranks, Titles and BureaucracyAppendix 6 Clothes and Colour GlossaryNotes

    Incredible, witty, beautiful prose Shonagon Sei was a sarcastic and insightful woman who was unafraid to air out her own prejudices staples among her lists of hated things commoners, and exorcists who fall asleep on the job , as well as her love for all things beautiful and the mildly hilarious Many call this the earliest blog in history, but it s much than that It s a vivid, if not remarkable look into Heian court life through the eyes of a strong Japanese woman, a true individual of that time [...]

    This famous 10th century Japanese journal The Pillow Book Penguin, 2006 by Sei Shonagon translated by Dr Meredith McKinney is a bit descriptive than its predecessor The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon Penguin, 1981 translated by Dr Ivan Morris as we can see to compare, tentatively, from the following extracted paragraphs 1 In spring, the dawn when the slowly paling mountain rim is tinged with red, and wisps of faintly crimson purple cloud float in the sky.In summer, the night moonlit nights, of cou [...]

    3.5 starsImpressively I found this translated book by Dr Ivan Morris interestingly enjoyable, informative and in detail than the one by Dr Arthur Waley in the same title Tuttle, 2011 since it totally comprises 185 topics followed by each translated text Unfortunately, this book is not the complete translation because you have to read it in another one by another publisher, that is, Oxford University Press and Columbia University Press, 1967 p 16 In the meantime, I think we should be content wit [...]

    This review reads like a review of Sei Shonagon as a person, which is accurate The Pillow Book is Sei Shonagon, cut and bound into book form With that in mind Sei.You know how when you re out, you meet someone who seems like a ditzy party girl she s super drunk and slutty and lots of fun, but doesn t seem particularly intelligent And you know how most of the time that s an accurate assessment, but sometimes you start talking to her and she ends up quoting Hegel at you, or tipsily pointing out s [...]

    Sei Shonagon is brilliant She was a lady in waiting for Empress Teishi, the first empress of Emperor Ichijo Ichijo loved her dearly, but when Teishi s father died prematurely due to infectious disease, his younger brother, Fujiwara no Michinaga, rose to power, and Michinaga pushed his daughter, Shoshi, as Ichijo s additional empress Teishi stayed in His Majesty s palace the emperor could have multiple wives and consorts anyway , but was distressed Sei Shonagon tried to comfort Her Highness with [...]

    It s always nice to find a classic that s entertaining consider Don Quixote It s even nicer when that classic can be read in ten minute increments just before bed, and I recommend that everyone do precisely that with The Pillow Book There are plenty of novels out there, plenty of poetry collections, popular philosophy books, essay collections, lots of literary criticism, memoirs and so on This combines all of those things, and does all of them well I could quote at great length, but won t Here s [...]

    What a marvellous tale of how Heian court life was It was amazing how much I found myself relating to Shonagon even though her life was very very different than that of mine, let alone modern day society Her lists and her style of writing have been somewhat inspiring speaking as a writer and have showed me how amazing the art of writing truly is and has always been I can see why Aidan Chambers was inspired by the poems and the style of Shonagon s Pillow Book.

    I ve never read a book quite like this one It s not a pick up and read in one sitting kind of book But it does provide an interesting lens into late 10th, early 11th century Heian Japan told from the point of view of a gentle woman who tends to an Empress.

    I didn t expect to like this But Sei Shonagon was blogging centuries before blogs existed Her writings in her pillow book vary from lists of unpleasant things to descriptions of fashions to funny stories from the Japanese court life The tone is a mixture of self righteousness and wonder, which is why I kept thinking of Harriet the Spy I learned a lot about Japanese culture at the time, almost by accident And the Morris translation is heavily footnoted There s really something sad about a woman w [...]

    N kter sti docela zaj mav jak se Pan Sei vsadila, e sn hov hora vydr do ur it ho data, a jak ji z ke n sabotovali jin nuda bez toho, e erven kab tky jsou slu iv a kter stromy vypadaj p kn , bych se klidn obe la Prost den ek v eho mo n ho.

    A window into the mind of a courtier from another time.She s by turns sharply observant, competitive, emotionally self absorbed, and incredibly aesthetically finely honed But simply as this a diary, 1,000 years old it is a valuable thing indeed.

    I preferred this memoir like book less than its contemporary one The Gossamer Years Tuttle, 1964 translated by Edward Seidensticker Translated by Arthur Waley, one of the great Orientalists, its recorded episodes have been fragmentary, presumably newly compiled under headings for ease in reading as well as following the author s train of thought.This information related to The Gossamer Years , I think, should throw light on our understanding Very little is known of the author outside of what i [...]

    I haven t finished this book yet, but have read a lot of it I skip over some of the daily accounts in favor of the lists observations character sketches I need to go back and fill in the blanks, but it might be awhile before I get to it For now A pillow book is a collection of random notes, character sketches, lists, poems, and observations that the Japanese upper class during the Heian period might have kept in the drawers of their wooden pillows Having an example of the pillow book genre is so [...]

    The element of The Tale of Genji which appealed most to me was its exoticism, which The Pillow Book, or at least these extracts, captures without any of the effort of following the former s plot echoes, characterization, and psychological nuances Sei Shonagon can t capture Murasaki s deep sense of the tragic evanescence of life, but the lack only makes her appealing, in some ways, to a modern reader.

    Written at the turn of the 10th Century CE, Shonagon is easily the first blogger Lists, streams of consciousness, the minutiae of everyday life, insights on the larger culture of the Heian period of Japan It s all here The West wouldn t see anything like it until Montaigne and Pepys.

    A calming, fascinating and hugely enjoyable read I didn t know what to expect when I started this, but what I got was immensely satisfying This is a book to be sipped slowly, like a fine brandy Lots of footnotes, lots of things to think about A thousand years old and really not much has changed, though so much has changed so much.Sei Shonagon was a lady in waiting for lack of a better term to the Empress in Kyoto, over a thousand years ago The Pillow Book is very much like what used to be termed [...]

    While the descriptions of natural beauty are admirable, and some of the anecdotes of court life are interesting, much of the material is boring and Shonagon herself has ugly streaks of elitism in her outright contempt for anyone lower than herself eg casually declaring that lower class women should not even be allowed long or medium length hair, an opinion which is certainly not delightful and fawning admiration over anyone higher than her, particular the thoroughly unimpressive emperor empress, [...]

    This is one of my favorite books to read again and again Every time I read it, it s as if I m floating down a calm river, just like the first time I read it.There is something so simple, yet so interesting about this book I am pleasantly surprised that I like this book as much as I do, considering that Japan isn t usual a box that I tick when looking for reading material Maybe it should be The candid descriptions definitely help you imagine life as the writer tells you about her everyday life Yo [...]

    Set in 10th Century Japan, this is the third thriller inspired by the diaries of Sei Shonagon.Lady Shonagon and Lieutenant Yukinari return to investigate a murder in the Palace of the Sun Goddess A favourite of the Emperor is found drowned in a pool in the Palace Gardens But before Yukinari can investigate, the body is given a ceremonial burial and all trace of the crime washed away by the spring rains.By Robert Forrest.Shonagon Ruth GemmellYukinari Mark BazeleyEmperor Simon GintyEmpress Laura R [...]

    Sei Sh nagon was a terrible snob I enjoyed the passages describing events at court, conversations, and love affairs The lists of what is and isn t good were dull Sh nagon s attitude to those of lower rank grated on me She seems to embody all that is worst in the rich and vacuous Perhaps something was lost in translation, but I didn t see how she came to have a reputation as a wit I preferred the Diary of Lady Murasaki for its observations on court life and for its intelligence.

    This was very enjoyable to read, just pick it up and read a few entries a day, then read a few the next day, there s no plot or anything to keep in mind It s great being able to read something like this, what amused this woman, what she hated, what was happening at the court, which events she attended, lists of things she likes and dislikes, the whole book is like this, anecdotes, events and lists Everything that cries in the night is wonderfull With the exception of babies.

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