The Paper Door and Other Stories

The Paper Door and Other Stories

Naoya Shiga Lane Dunlop Donald Keene / Sep 19, 2019

The Paper Door and Other Stories No modern Japanese writer was idolized than Shiga Naoya The Paper Door and Other Stories showcases the concise delicate art of this writer who is often called the god of the Japanese short story Doye

  • Title: The Paper Door and Other Stories
  • Author: Naoya Shiga Lane Dunlop Donald Keene
  • ISBN: 9780231121576
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Paperback
  • No modern Japanese writer was idolized than Shiga Naoya The Paper Door and Other Stories showcases the concise, delicate art of this writer who is often called the god of the Japanese short story Doyen of Japanese letters Donald Keene ranks some of Shiga s stories among the most brilliant achievements in this genre by any twentieth century Japanese writer ShiNo modern Japanese writer was idolized than Shiga Naoya The Paper Door and Other Stories showcases the concise, delicate art of this writer who is often called the god of the Japanese short story Doyen of Japanese letters Donald Keene ranks some of Shiga s stories among the most brilliant achievements in this genre by any twentieth century Japanese writer Shiga s unique style is concise and simple, with no unnecessary words With the subtlest of gestures, he evokes the fullness of experience.Lane Dunlop s masterly translation of seventeen of Shiga s finest stories has provided English readers their first overview of the author s work Now back in print, the book is augmented by Donald Keene s new preface contextualizing Shiga s awesome literary gifts Dunlop has chosen stories that aptly represent Shiga s range and virtuosity With selections spanning forty years, from the fable like The Little Girl and the Rapeseed Flower to the psychologically complex A Gray Moon, this collection delineates the development of Shiga s rare genius.

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        Naoya Shiga was a Japanese novelist and short story writer active during the Taish and Showa periods of Japan.


    435 Comments

    1. i wish i could describe how these stories make me feel without going into silly "japan" cliches. brilliant in their clarity.


    2. 3.5 starsHaving enjoyed reading "A Dark Night's Passing" (Kodansha, 1981) by Naoya Shiga last year, I looked forward to reading this book and I found his seventeen "finest stories" (back cover) arguably amazing and sentimental due to his unique realistic and psychological writing style. For instance, "Rain Frogs" (1923) portrays remote village life of a young couple named Sanjiro who has graduated from middle school and Seki a farm girl who has no education. Sanjiro has a close friend, Takeno, w [...]


    3. The Paper Door and Other Stories is a remarkable achievement of story telling. Shiga Naoya's narratives are characterized by their simplicity and directness. If concision is a genuine virtue of a gifted writer, Shiga is without peers. Alongside Akutagawa Ryunosuke, Shiga was one of the greatest short story writers of Showa and Taisho Japan.In this collection of stories, 'Han's Crime,' is one of the most outstanding pieces and a representative work. It recounts the story of a Chinese juggler who [...]


    4. I finished Paper Doll and Other Stories by Naoya Shiga about 4 days ago, I usually wrote my review straight away while I still remember all the details although I often keep it for awhile before publishing it…but this book left me wondering for several days, I really didn’t know what to say. It’s good but it’s not great. I like some of the stories but I love none of them. This kind of situation always makes me lost for words.I chose this book out of many books in the library because I wa [...]


    5. This was an interesting collection of short stories (most of them short-short). They were perhaps a little self-referential, but he does it in an acknowledged way, and I enjoyed the keenness of 志賀さん’s introspection. I think my favorite is the second story, To Abashiri (網走まで) which was a pretty amazing story for a 20-something. The voyeurism—from the woman breast-feeding on the train to his desire to read the mother’s postcards as he was putting them in the mail—is treated [...]


    6. Yeah, these were great. So adorable I just wanted to pop each one in my mouth. Much more satisfying than A Dark Night's Passing.



    7. It was a refreshing read, each stories were like a reflection of my thoughts (except the acts of adultery of course! [not that I'm not there yet but-- no])


    8. Just finished reading this, my first introduction to the author and by and large I enjoyed them, not all but for the most part I did. The stand out ones for me were Kamisori, Han's Crime, A Grey Moon and the titular The Paper Door. Some of the stories were a chore to get through, mostly the ones that focused on adultery towards the end, especially Kuniko.Overall it was enjoyable but nothing especially special in my opinion. Some good stories but nothing to shout from the rooftops.


    9. The last couple stories dropped off; I think his affairs did ruin his ability to write clean beautiful stories. Besides the final piece, A Gray Moon, the last 3 or 4 stories were entirely about him and his affair. They weren't shit, they were still tactful and interesting, but nothing compared to a story like The Shopboy's God or Seibei and his Gourds. If you read this story collection and ended at Rain Frogs, it would be a perfect collection of short stories. Just classic great writing.



    10. An excellent introduction to one of Japan's earliest and greatest writer of the short story. The translator selected stories ranging from every time period of Naoya's life. They are arranged in order of when they were published allowing us to see how is writing evolves overtime and how he worked with different themes, so I felt I got an excellent grasp of what kind of writer he was over his lifetime. My favorite stories in the collection were found in the mid-period of his writing, where I think [...]


    11. I am hesitant about rating this book 3 stars. On one hand, some of the stories are phenomenal and left me with a lingering emotion in the back of my throat (pity? despondence?) On the other, many of the stories felt arduous in their simplicity, repeating the same struggles clearly felt in the author's life. Overall I enjoyed this collection-and will definitely reread select stories in the future-but I was not entirely engrossed by the writing.


    12. The Little Girl and the Rapeseed Flower - 2 stars. It's only interesting because it is his first story and you can see how he developed as a writer, but it's not worth reading on it's own.As Far as Abashiri - 3 starsThe Razor - 4 starsThe Paper Door - 4 starsSeibei and his Gourds - 5 starsAn Incident - 2.5 starsHan's Crime - 5 stars. Probably his most "short story" ass short story, but it is a really well constructed, really tense one.At Kinosaki - 4.5 starsAkanishi Kakita - 4 starsIncident on t [...]


    13. I really enjoyed this book because of the quality of the writing and the author's uncanny ability to make the smallest incident breathe with life. As literature and art, I think this collection is excellent and intensely Japanese; however, the stories (presumably intentionally) also usually left me with an uncomfortable feeling, hence my entirely subjective rating based on personal taste in reading material. "Kuniko", in specific, really creeped me out to the point that I had trouble sleeping af [...]


    14. I read a lot of different kinds of books, and like to read a well written Japanese short fiction or novel every so often for a couple of reasons. The writing style is so much like the Japanese culture itself. Focus on the details to the the point where descriptions of ordinary events and things takes on extraordinary significance, and the pacing is so careful and poetic, it is pleasant to read. And just as often, even though it seems that nothing has really happened, there comes a realization af [...]


    15. I read this very quickly because I didn't realize I had to read the entire collection of short stories by tomorrow lol! My favorite story by far was "Akanishi Kakita" but I also enjoyed "Seibei and His Gourds" and "Han's Crime." While Shiga is most known for his stories in the "I-novel" tradition, I actually found those stories the weakest I think because it reveals Shiga to be rather a . typical man! I couldn't stop rolling my eyes while reading "A Memory of Yamashina," "An Infatuation" and "Ku [...]


    16. I've stopped assigning star ratings because I find it too difficult to compare books that come somewhere between three and four. However, this is a five. A six, if it were part of the system. These quiet stories from Shiga Naoya, as translated by Lane Dunlop, are so skillfully told, so poignant that I had to stop to savour each one. To me, these epitomize the essence of short stories. My favourite, as recommended by the friend who kindly loaned me this book, is Seibie and His Gourds. But they ar [...]


    17. 5 stars for the painfully brilliant and subtle Kuniko, 4 stars on average for the rest of this collection of subtle, intelligent stories. Some are in the dark and brooding tradition of the early Tanizaki, some are sweet and gentle, some are pure poetry, but all of them are well written and worthwile.


    18. I liked it the most when he wrote his observation of the surrounding, and the reflections towards his life. At Cape Kinosaki: A moment it was here, now it isn't. And my hand caused it to happen.The House Beside the Moat: Only us, two creatures were awake at that moment. And in the morning one of us would be gone.A raw look at our existence. So fragile.


    19. Stunningly good stories, and they got better as the book went on. The editor tries to give a representative sampling of Shiga's work across his career, and I found that the stories increased in subtlety and emotional power over time. Highly recommended.




    20. Favs are The Little Girl and the Rapeseed Flower, The Shopboy's God and perhaps Rain Frogs. Loving the nuances of the Razor, the Paper Door, Seibei and His Gourds, and A Gray Moon.



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