Otogizōshi: The Fairy Tale Book of Dazai Osamu

Otogizōshi: The Fairy Tale Book of Dazai Osamu

Osamu Dazai Joel Cohn Ralph F. McCarthy / Nov 27, 2020

Otogiz shi The Fairy Tale Book of Dazai Osamu Dazai Osamu wrote The Fairy Tale Book Otogiz shi in the last months of the Pacific War The traditional tales upon which Dazai s retellings are based are well known to every Japanese schoolchild but t

  • Title: Otogizōshi: The Fairy Tale Book of Dazai Osamu
  • Author: Osamu Dazai Joel Cohn Ralph F. McCarthy
  • ISBN: 9784902075403
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dazai Osamu wrote The Fairy Tale Book Otogiz shi in the last months of the Pacific War The traditional tales upon which Dazai s retellings are based are well known to every Japanese schoolchild, but this is no children s book In Dazai s hands such stock characters as the kindhearted Oji san to Oba san Grandmother and Grandfather , the mischievous tanuki badger, theDazai Osamu wrote The Fairy Tale Book Otogiz shi in the last months of the Pacific War The traditional tales upon which Dazai s retellings are based are well known to every Japanese schoolchild, but this is no children s book In Dazai s hands such stock characters as the kindhearted Oji san to Oba san Grandmother and Grandfather , the mischievous tanuki badger, the fearsome Oni ogres, the greedy old man, the tongue cut sparrow, and of course Urashima Taro the Japanese Rip van Winkle become complex individuals facing difficult and nuanced moral dilemmas The resulting stories are thought provoking, slyly subversive, and often hilarious.In spite of the gloom and doom atmosphere always cited in reviews of The Setting Sun and the later No Longer Human, though, Dazai s cutting wit and rich humor are evident in the entire body of his work His literature depicts the human condition in painfully blunt and realistic terms, but, like life itself, is often accompanied by a smile.

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      • Osamu Dazai Joel Cohn Ralph F. McCarthy

        Osamu DAZAI , real name Sh ji TSUSHIMA was a Japanese author who is considered one of the foremost fiction writers of 20th century Japan A number of his most popular works, such as Shay The Setting Sun and Ningen Shikkaku No Longer Human , are considered modern day classics in Japan.With a semi autobiographical style and transparency into his personal life, Dazai s stories have intrigued the minds of many readers His books also bring about awareness to a number of important topics such as human nature, mental illness, social relationships, and postwar Japan.


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    1. “Why can’t people get along without criticizing one another?” Urashima shakes his head as he ponders this rudimentary question. “Never have the bush clover blooming on the beach, nor the little crabs who skitter o’er the sand, nor the wild geese resting their wings in yonder cove found fault with me. Would that human beings too were thus! Each individual has his own way of living. Can we not learn to respect one another’s chosen way? One makes every effort to live in a dignified and [...]


    2. Dazai Osamu retells four classic Japanese fairy tales, in a way only he could tell them. He takes these classic stories and reimagines them into delightfully fun fables as he works with his audience to decipher a meaning. He gives the once simple characters life by applying to each a fascinating personality. The old man with the wen is a happy go lucky drunk with the most solemn son one could ever imagine having. The protagonist of 'The Tongue-Cut Sparrow' now spends his days silently in a lazy [...]


    3. Although Dazai is better known for his downbeat works such as No Longer Human, this short book is at the same time amusing and thought-provoking. Written in the aftermath of WW2, these re-imagined traditional folktales are humorous and wry by turns, thanks in great part to the amazing skill of the translator. Ralph McCarthy uses accessible, contemporary language without falling into the trap of making it too colloquial or Americanised. There are only four tales in this short work, and the author [...]



    4. Una reinterpretación de cuentos populares japoneses con muy mala leche. La verdad es que me han divertido y sorprendido.


    5. 3.5/5Aunque la producción literaria de Osamu Dazai se halla un tanto desperdigada por el panorama editorial de nuestro país, no se me ocurre un sello mejor que Satori para emplazar esta estupenda colección de cuentos populares (o de cabecera) que reescribe el incomprendido autor japonés con su particular estilo y su heterodoxa versión de las enseñanzas que pretenden transmitir sus homólogos originales. Concebida como una antología de cinco relatos breves, finalmente son cuatro los cuento [...]


    6. All the stories are decent, I enjoyed them. It is always interesting to read anything Osamu Daizi write. Urashima-san's story was my favorite, the Dragon Palace is so whimsical.


    7. Mi único acercamiento a Dazai habían sido las versiones animadas de Ningen Shikkaku y Hashire Melos de la serie animada Aoi Bungaku. De entrada, Ningen Shikkaku (obra casi autobiográfica) se convirtió en mi favorita de toda la serie. Nunca esperé encontrar una obra de Dazai en español y menos una de esta naturaleza. En Cuentos de cabecera Dazai sigue siendo Dazai. Una persona tremendamente misogina, pesimista, pero ante todo irónica frente a la vida. Estos son valores raramente asociados [...]


    8. Written around the end of World War 2, this book is Dazai's retelling of 4 Japanese fairy tales. The basic idea here is that, rather than telling the stories in basic, direct, fairy-tale style, Dazai interposes his own narrative voice to expand upon the story; and to speculate on the meaning of the story, the inner thoughts and motivations of the characters. The results are often slyly comic; for instance, in one story the main character is given a ride to an undersea palace on the back of a tur [...]


    9. I went into this expecting something like the Japanese equivalent of the Canterbury Tales. In this I was mistaken, but in the most fortunate way possible. This book is an overwhelmingly enjoyable, witty, striking commentary on what the author describes as the "tragicomedy" of life. That word, "tragicomedy", I believe sums up the overarching tone of the book. The setting is framed around a father (the author) sitting in a flimsy air raid bunker in his backyard, with nothing but a child's picture [...]


    10. Before I read this book, I tried to familiarize myself with the stories retold here. Then I ended up reading the whole fairy tales story book. I had to say that Dazai-san picked the most intriguing stories.Although I had the same take with him on the old men with hen's story, I didn't understand his take on Urashima Taro's story. Not to say that I didn't like it. And I had to say, Japanese fairy tales are quite gory compared to the ones I read when I was younger. No wonder with novels then :-)


    11. I picked this up because the last book I read spoke endlessly about the author and it made me curious. This is a rebelling of 4 everyday Japanese fairytales. A father in an air raid shelter with his family during WWII puts a spin on the tales. He reads like a Japanese semi-serious Terry Pratchett.


    12. Initially, I had trouble getting use to the author's voice, but once I did, I really enjoyed his re-telling of these traditional Japanese tales.


    13. Un libro muy original y entretenido. Imprescindible hacerse con una edición con los cuentos originales y empezar por ellos.


    14. Recomiendo primero leer la versión original de los cuentos, antes de la versión de Osamu Dazai, se disfruta así más esta obra.



    15. "None of them did anything wrong. And yet, although not a single instance of wrongdoing occurs in the story, people end up unhappy."Hilariously and wondrously written Japanese fairy tales from a master of Japanese lit - a master whose famous dark and brooding stories make it surprising that this collection is so jolly and wise-cracking. Not that it's all roses - indeed, there's torture and other cruelties, but the author makes a point to discuss these aspects of the tales and to wonder aloud abo [...]


    16. This book of Dazai was written in the spring and early summer of 1945. The story opens up with the narrator,Dazai himself, reading the story of the folktales to his children when the air raid is happening and they are in the confines of the bomb shelter. There are four stories in this book of fairy tales; The Stolen Wen, Urashima-san, Click-Clack Mountain and The Sparrow Who Lost Her Tongue, in which Dazai attacks and analyzes the characters, the plot and the relevance of the story and the impac [...]


    17. Una recopilación y reinterpretación de algunos cuentos clásicos japoneses vistos desde la perspectiva de Osamu Dazai, un autor que se destaca por tener con un humor negro. En este libro podemos disfrutar de los cuentos originales (que recomiendo leer primero ya que están al final del libro) y de las interpretaciones de Dazai (los mismos cuentos pero modificados por Dazai) donde expone temas polémicos como la vanidad, el orgullo y el sexismo entre otros.Recomendado para todos los que les gus [...]


    18. In his typical sarcastic and pessimistic fashion, Dazai retells famous Japanese fairy tales in his own way, adding to the characters and situation as he sees fit. I especially enjoyed his explanations of why he changed them the way he did, and his critical observation of these tales. A nice read, but it helps to at least know the fairy tales in their original form before reading this book.



    19. Not at all what I thought it would be. I also do not see why this is on 1001 Children books to read.



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