April Readalong: ‘The Tale of Genji’ by Murasaki Shikibu

The first day of April is already upon us, and that means that the readalong for The Tale of Genji begins today! Anyone and everyone is welcome to join Rowena, me and everyone else who decided to participate at any point you like during the month. Even if you have already read this book in the past, we would still be delighted to see your comments and/or impressions on it. I will be using the unabridged Penguin Classics edition, translated by Royall Tyler, since it includes a lot of useful notes as well, but feel free to use any edition you can get your hands on more easily šŸ™‚

I estimate this book will take up my entire reading for April, so I hope I will be able to finish all of it on time! I might be posting weekly updates so as to keep track of my progress.

Good luck and happy reading to everyone who wants to participate! šŸ™‚

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21 thoughts on “April Readalong: ‘The Tale of Genji’ by Murasaki Shikibu

  1. Looking forward to reading it, Akylina:) Just picked up my copy yesterday, got the Waley translation. Will begin reading over Easter!

    • Perfect! šŸ™‚ I just read the introduction today, and I’m so excited to delve into the story itself! Good luck with your reading Rowena, and I’ll be looking forward to reading your thoughts and comments – especially since you have a different edition from mine šŸ™‚

  2. Missed the start of this, but have been waiting for it for ages! I will certainly be reading along, and it’s my first attempt with the Tyler edition. ‘Fraid I’ve missed a week, but hope to make up for it.

    • Don’t worry at all, Marina, you can join in whenever you want! I haven’t had much time this week either, so I’ve only managed to get through chapter 1 so far.. Let’s hope this week we’ll do better šŸ™‚ Had you read another edition of it in the past?

      • I’ve read both the Waley and the Seidensticker translations, as well as attempting a bit of the original (I studied Japanese at university, so it’s not quite as admirable as it looks, we had to!). But I hear this translation has a lot of additional comments and explanations, so it will be interesting.

      • That’s marvelous, Marina! Did you major on Japanese in university, then? Or did you just take a few classes? I’m sorry if I’m being too curious, but I’d love to study Japanese literature in an academic level, too, so any information would be greatly appreciated šŸ™‚ And yes, Tyler’s version has indeed a lot of notes and explanations. How is your progress so far? šŸ™‚

      • Yes, I did a double major in Japanese and English, but that was in Romania, so my experience is probably not that useful for you. I’m on Chapter 5 now, but am finding Tyler’s version a bit hard going. Almost too many explanations and stopping to read the footnotes interrupts the flow.

      • I see šŸ™‚ I finished my undergraduate degree in English a while ago and I would like to combine it somehow with Japanese, so it’s great to know you could major in both. Thank you for the information šŸ™‚ I’m encountering the same problem actually :/ I’m also on chapter 5 and I find it rather dense and difficult to read for a long time without breaks or without reading something else in between :/

      • I sadly don’t think I’ll have the time to; I have so much to read and do this month! Thank you so much though; it would have been so lovely to join in with you both. I’m sure that your review will make me want to read it, and I’d love to discuss it with you at a later date, if I may!

      • Don’t worry dear, I understand šŸ™‚ Yes, absolutely! I would love to discuss it with you whenever you get around to reading it! šŸ™‚ And good luck with your American Literature project this month! I’m looking forward to see what gems you will read šŸ˜‰

      • It may be a while, but I look forward to it! Thanks so much, my lovely! It’s going well so far; I’ve got quite a few diverse books read! šŸ™‚ x

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    • Great! I haven’t created a separate link page just yet, but I will let you know when I do. Thank you for posting this šŸ™‚ I’ll go read it straight away.

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