[PDF] 熊の敷石 [Kuma no shikiishi] By Toshiyuki Horie – Reliableradio.co.uk

熊の敷石 [Kuma no shikiishi] This is a collection three very good short stories covering many different topics They were interesting and engaging and I would like to read from this author. In the course of under 200 pages, Horie ties several threads together that would seem to have no connection, but such is the globalized world that a Japanese student studying in Paris has such a fertile mind that makes this possible Our narrator is a translator with an unusual occupation he transcribes portions of books for the benefit of publishers in order that they may determine whether or not to translate the entire work into Japanese This book, which I am glad has passed this test, consists of three memory interludes experienced by our guide he spends time in Normandy visiting a friend, musing on the Fables of Jean de La Fontaine as well as the history and development of the definitive French Dictionary by mile Littr Looking at the mysterious Mont St Michele from an an unusual angle That being the longest section The two shorter installments are none the less equally memorable one o 3.5 stars, rounded up.A small collection of three stories These stories are so quiet, it s easy to think they re insubstantial No drama and no plot these are like whispers, or the sound of waves as they recede from the shore It was a bit like entering a dream world a word or an action leads to memories, o Three short stories about memory, travel, longing and language I really enjoyed all three of the stories in this collection, and will look out for of Horie s work.The title tale, The Bear and the Paving Stone is beautifully told Set in Northern France the countryside is beautifully described, so vivid I felt transported back there The protagonist reconnects with a friend he hasn t seen in many years and we learn of both their lives It s a simple story, but layered with dreams and historical references it becomes something compelling.The Sandman is coming is a story that focuses on sandcastles Told like the kind of series of interconnected memories you might relate to a close friend you haven t seen in a while, where you drift from one to another, dipping back to observe the present from time to time.In the Old Castle was the shortest in the collection, but there was something rather wonderful about it In a similar way to the first story, the protagonist is reconnecting with an ol What a strange dream like world Toshiyuki Horie has created in these three stories I came across this book entirely by chance, but what caught my eye was that the publishers are Pushkin Press, which a friend of mine loves So, my friend and I started reading this together, and I loved the interlacing of memory in all the three stories There is a sense of los The first novella revolved on a reminiscing memories but the way the plot developed was a bit plain, nothing compelling It was dreamy and melodrama, a talk and snippet of literature which I think this part was of author s admiration towards Littr I got lost for few times reading the story, and the biography part was really draggy to the point I thought I was reading Littr instead of a nove Pi kna ok adka zreszt jak w ca ej japo skiej serii Pushkin Press Pierwsza d uga nowela mi si bardzo podoba a, ale pozosta e dwa kr tkie opowiadania rednio Nie wnosi y nic nowego, by y odtw rcze zar wno w kwestii formy, jak i tematu, wobec tytu owej noweli. The Bear and the Paving Stone, by Toshiyuki Horie translated by Geraint Howells , is a collection of three stories by this award winning Japanese author The titular tale takes up the bulk of the book and tells of a visit to France where the narrator meets an old friend from his university days He has been working in Paris, translating a biography of lexicographer and philosopher mile Littr Upon finding himself with a little free time he contacts Yann, a freelance photographer, and arranges to meet.The story describes a vivid dream, a train journey, and the days spent with Yann who invites the narrator to stay for a few days at the place he is renting It is close to the town where the Littr family lived and also to Mont Saint Michel, a Gothic monastery which the men travel to view.As conversations with friends are wont to do there are many changes of direction The pair reminisce on how they met and on events from their past Yann is Jewish and his thoughts turn to the impact of the war on his family The narrator is disturbed by the emotions evoked by some of the photographs Yann offers him as a souvenir.When his friend must leave for a prearranged journey to Irela A Japanese Man, Far From Home, Travels The Countryside Of Normandy With A Friend Talking About War, Literature, And Everything In Between As His Ideas Of His Life Become Entangled With His Personal Writing, The Pangs Of His Past And His Half Forgotten Memories Overlap And Threaten His Peace.Owing A Debt To French Writers From La Fontaine To Proust, The Three Fable Like Tales In The Bear And The Paving Stone Are Stories Of Loss, Memory And A Longing To Belong. Toshiyuki Horie s collection of short stories leaves much to be reflected upon and considered The writing contains a dreamlike quality, a characteristic I have noticed in many Japanese novels I have read thus far Thus creating a very reading experience from American and English novels which are largely driven by plot and characters, this series of short stories is rather reflective Nothing happens and nothing progresses and the characters themselves search for meaning within their lives or attempt to reconcile past events In this sense, I thought it reflected reality.Due to this all three short stories contained a surreal element to them, it created a space where time was lost and no longer seemed to hold meaning as Horie seamlessly blended past events with the present in order to observe how the past c

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