The Classics Club Spin number was revealed yesterday and it was number 1. That means that I got The Tale of Genji! I am slightly worried about this book, especially since I don’t actually own it, but my library has an old (and possibly abridged) version that I can use until I go to the bookshop to order my own copy of the book.
I’m just going to give a quick summary of the book in this post and a few stats like number of pages, the edition I’m using, and other stuff.
The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
Summary: Expansive, compelling, and sophisticated in its representation of ethical concerns and aesthetic ideals, Murasaki’s tale came to occupy a central place in Japan’s remarkable history of artistic achievement and is now recognized as a masterpiece of world literature.
About the author: Murasaki Shikibu was a Japanese noblewoman who was born in c.973. Like most Aristocratic Heian women, she lived a secluded life and her diaries reveal how she was socialised with other women but isolated from men. She was a well-known author in her own time thanks to The Tale of Genji.
First published: sometime before 1021 AD
Edition: WW Norton & Co., Unabridged Edition (2017)
Number of pages: 1360
What did you get in this Classics Spin?