Myles will lead the Classics Quarterly Book Club with a discussion of the first 700 pages of the Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu on Wed Oct 24th at 4pm.
'The Tale of Genji' was written over a thousand years ago and there are some who will argue that Western Literature has yet to create its equal. The trials and love affairs of Prince Genji make up a sophisticated portrait of Heian-era Japan and have had immeasurable influence on Japanese and world culture. As the first novel ever written it is an important landmark of literature, but it is also significant for the complex social environment it creates and Murasaki's beautiful, poetic language. The chosen edition features Dennis Washburn's unabridged, authentic translation of the text. The book will be read in stages, and interested readers are welcome to join at any point in their reading to ask questions and take part in the discussion.
As always, in house book club picks are 20% off list price.