The Tale of Murasaki

The Tale of Murasaki

A Novel

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The introduction, discussion questions, author biography, and suggested reading list that follow are designed to enhance your group's reading of The Tale of Murasaki by Liza Dalby.
The Tale of Murasaki is an elegant and brilliantly authentic historical novel by the author of Geisha and the only Westerner ever to have become a geisha.

In the eleventh century Murasaki Shikibu wrote the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji, the most popular work in the history of Japanese literature. In The Tale of Murasaki, Liza Dalby has created a breathtaking fictionalized narrative of the life of this timeless poet–a lonely girl who becomes such a compelling storyteller that she is invited to regale the empress with her tales. The Tale of Murasaki is the story of an enchanting time and an exotic place. Whether writing about mystical rice fields in the rainy mountains or the politics and intrigue of the royal court, Dalby breathes astonishing life into ancient Japan.

Baker & Taylor
The daughter of a mid-ranking court poet, Murasaki Shikibu retreats into her imagination to chase away the blues but soon finds herself telling stories to the empress about the imaginary Prince Genji, in a novel that brings to life the colorful world of eleventh-century Japan and the life of the woman who wrote the world's first novel, The Tale of Genji. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.

& Taylor

Murasaki Shikibu, the real-life author of "The Tale of Genji," uses her imagination and storytelling abilities to escape from loneliness, and later to entertain the empress and express the political and sexual intrigue she has experienced.

Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese, Doubleday, c2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385497954
Branch Call Number: FICTION DALBY
Characteristics: xix, 426 p. ; 22 cm


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Sep 17, 2013

Lisa Dalby writes a fictionalized account of the life of Murasaki Shikibu, author of the Tales of Genji, the world's first novel. I liked this book a great deal, although I thought it dragged a bit towards the end. Dalby provides a very colorful look at the upper echelons of Japanese society more than a millenium ago.


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