Hello, fellow readers,
It’s been a long time since I last wrote to you, but this time I have a better excuse – other than the usual one (work, study, more work…). I spent the last three weeks in Brazil, and my days were basically spent getting together with old friends, discovering new books, traveling around, eating amazing food and trying to make sense of the troubled political moment the country is going through.
In the midst of all this, I even managed to read 17 of my #20BooksOfSummer list, as well as 6 books for #WitMonth, and 4 Viragos for August (click on the links to know more about the books, or go to my Projects page). I am now getting ready for Jean Rhys Reading Week (#ReadingRhys) – and, most importantly, I am enjoying the very last days of summer, trying to store as much sunlight as I can in my body & soul, so as to endure the long winter days ahead.
I’ve already written to you about my upcoming plans for Japanese Literature Challenge, but now, inspired by The Summer of Genji (which took place back in 2010), I would like to invite you all to devote the following months to a Genji Readalong!
As I noted before, there are four translations available for The Tale of Genji, by Murasaki Shikibu:
- Dennis Washburn’s (W. W. Norton & Company, 2015, 1360 p., Goodreads);
- Royall Tyler’s (Penguin Classics, 2003, 1182 p.,Goodreads);
- Arthur Waley’s (Tuttle Publishing, 2010, 1155 p.,Goodreads);
- Edward Seidensticker’s (Alfred A. Knopf, 1993, 1224 p.,Goodreads).
I just bought Royall Tyler’s translation, but I will also borrow Seidensticker and Washburn’s translations from my local library, and give them a go. If you fancy joining me, just pick the copy you prefer.
Here’s my reading schedule:
- Week 1, days 01 – 08: chapters 1-4 ✓
- Week 2, days 9 – 15: chapters 5-8 ✓
- Week 3, days 16-22: chapters 9-12
- Week 4, days 23-29: chapters 13-15
- Week 5, days 30-05: chapters 16-18
- Week 6, days 06-12: chapters 19-21
- Week 7, days 13 – 19: chapters 22-25
- Week 8, days 20-26: chapters 26-32
- Week 9, days 27 – 03: chapters 33-35
- Week 10, days 04-10: chapters 36-40
- Week 11, days 11-17: chapters 41-44
- Week 12, days 18-24: chapters 45-47
- Week 13, days 25-31: catching up week!
- Week 14, days 01-07: chapters 48-50
- Week 15, days 08-14: chapters 51-54
- Week 16, days 15-21: catching up week!
- Week 17, days 22-31: catching up week!
I hope you take heart to read this chunker, and join me! It will be a pleasure to discuss this novel with you.
Enjoy your last days of summer, and happy Japanese reading, everyone!🙂