Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Genji) cover

Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Genji)

Murasaki Shikibu (978 - c 1025)

1. Introduction
2. The Chamber of Kiri
3. The Broom-like Tree Part 1
4. The Broom-like Tree Part 2
5. The Broom-like Tree Part 3
6. Beautiful Cicada
7. Evening Glory Part 1
8. Evening Glory Part 2
9. Young Violet Part 1
10. Young Violet Part 2
11. Saffron Flower
12. Maple Fete
13. Flower-Feast
14. Hollyhock
15. Divine Tree
16. Villa of Falling Flowers
17. Exile at Suma
18. Exile at Akashi
19. The Beacon
20. Overgrown Mugwort
21. Barrier House
22. Competitive Show of Pictures

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Summary

The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari) is a classic work of Japanese literature attributed to the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu in the early eleventh century, around the peak of the Heian Period. It is sometimes called the world's first novel, the first modern novel, the first romance novel, or the first novel to still be considered a classic... The Genji was written for the women of the aristocracy (the yokibito) and has many elements found in a modern novel: a central character and a very large number of major and minor characters, well-developed characterization of all the major players, a sequence of events happening over a period of time covering the central character's lifetime and beyond. The work does not make use of a plot; instead, much as in real life, events just happen and characters evolve simply by growing older. One remarkable feature of the Genji, and of Murasaki's skill, is its internal consistency, despite a dramatis personae of some four hundred characters. For instance, all characters age in step and all the family and feudal relationships are consistent among all chapters. NOTE: this is a highly condensed version of the text, running to just under 200 pages, whereas the original is nearly 1000 pages long!