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Otogizōshi 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, 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 HilariousIn 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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  • Paperback
  • 123 pages
  • Otogizōshi
  • Osamu Dazai
  • English
  • 22 May 2017
  • 4902075407

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  1. says:

    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 proper manWhy 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 proper manner, without harming anyone else, yet people will carp and cavil and try to tear one down It s most vexingRating 4 5 Otogiz shi The Fairy Tale Book of Dazai Osamu is a collection of four fairy tales written by renowned Japanese author, Dazai Osamu In literary terms, this also falls into Japanese literature, and Japanese culture Otogiz shi is a collection of fairy tales that Dazai wrote during the last years of the Pacific War.Despite the gloom and suicidal overtones of books such as No Longer Human and The Setting Sun, Dazai shows his wit and humour in this book and I m welcome to a wonderful change from his works Since reading Schoolgirl and Blue Bamboo, I just had to read this one as well.Thanks to Scribd, I got to read this for free because of my 30 day free trial please note a 30 day free trial only gives you three book credits and allows you to only read three full books.The Stolen WenThis is the story of an old man with a wen on his cheek, and how he cares and loves for it His family have no care for him, and Ojii san, a drunkard, needs a change of pace This was a wonderful story I really enjoyed it, after I got through Dazai s constant breaks of so I couldn t do this with this story because of this and that These were quite annoying, in all honesty, to read in the middle of the story It was very distracting and it was hard to get back into it after having to trudge through it, especially when you re enjoying the story as much as I was Dazai has a peculiar way of writing, and within his stories, this shows and it aids them When he writes like this, I feel that, personally, it takes away from the story It s not as smooth as usual, when he breaks the fourth wall, and as much as I love that in things such as Deadpool, I don t think fourth wall breaks works so well within this piece I feel like I definitely could have enjoyed this a lotthan I did, had Dazai left out his narrations until the end A shame, really If this was a stand alone book, I would only give it 2.5 stars.Urashima San What if Westerners were to get wind of this and run around claiming that Japan s fairy tales arebrutal or gruesome than their darling Greek mythsDazai, calling out the Whites I love it.I found this story to be quite educational, actually Dazai teaches us of tortoises in a passage in another author note, fourth wall break , and I found I didn t know of the things he wrote before reading this I wasn t enjoying this when I first started reading it I found Dazai s constant annotations, as in the previous story, very off putting However, as I continued reading into Dazai s writing in this, I became entranced, and ended up extremely glad I didn t DNF this book as a whole The descriptions in this are just marvellous, and Dazai has created a remarkable fantasy land that I just wish to escape to and hole up for a while, despite the time limitation This is a wonderful story that has just sparked my imagination in the most wonderful way Reading this allowed me to adjust to Dazai s writing of annotations within his stories as well, and for that, I m grateful as I can read freely without the interruptions.This was a remarkable story and dissection of social standing and how humans view each other and the world I found myself to be quite taken aback, realising that every word that Dazai wrote is true it s how humans perceive and how we act It was a bit down putting, really, to realise how much we do out of good practice that is really no good at all This has definitely given me a new outlook on life, and many things to ponder on in my behaviour and to wonder if they re worth changing or not.I have to say though it was weird as hell learning all of this from a damn tortoise Click Clack MountainI finally understand the fourth wall break It s Dazai discussing the stories of the child s book he s using as a prompt for the whole story That took me too long I really enjoyed this story actually It s a story of too much revenge for one small act but I found it really sweet to read It was evil, and definite overkill The rabbit in this is wonderfully wicked, and I found I really enjoyed her character She s a devious little minx and I couldn t help but feel a tiny bit of love for her We re meant to feel sorry for the tanuki in this but honestly I just wanted him gone He annoyed me no end and I m actually glad he got the ending he did Whoops.This was a brilliant story and Dazai did this wonders The Sparrow Who Lost Her TongueI cried reading this I legit cried I felt so bad for the sparrow, I just wanted to give her a hug I think this was a really strong story about trusting the people you re supposed to love in the things they say, in my interpretation The things that are said within this by one of the main characters really made me think about humankind and the way we do things It s strange to learn these things through the way they have been taught but they have seriously made me think about the things that humans do in social standing and have really helped me to outlook on my own life.Overall, I think this was a really sweet book I really enjoyed reading it, despite it taking me too long to get through I was put off, at first, by Dazai s constant authors notes, but when I reached Click Clack Mountain , I realised that he was, in fact, explaining his decisions and thoughts on the stories that he was rewriting from a children s book whilst stuck in a bomb shelter I think this is pretty ingenious It allows us a look into his mind as he writes, and allowed me, a foreigner, to understand the traditional children s tales a lot .This was a great little read, and I recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy and faerie tales

  2. says:

    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 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 unmoving stupor because he s fed up with the lies people speak The narratives are quite clever and full of humor, some of which comes from Dazai s self depreciating comments spoken by him, the narrator, directly to us, his audience There is also a touch of sadness behind them, knowing that Dazai ended his life far too soon Anyone previously familiar with these tales should seek out this short, but wonderful, little book You re in for quite a unique treat

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    I wonder how much I can gush about this author and his books When you read something by an author you love and admire, it just relaxes you because you know you re in for a good time That s what reading anything by Osamu Dazai is like for me There is an instant click and I know that no matter how short the book is, it will be something I relish to the very last word This is actually the first book of his that I read which was purely fictional While he is an author that draws heavily from h I wonder how much I can gush about this author and his books When you read something by an author you love and admire, it just relaxes you because you know you re in for a good time That s what reading anything by Osamu Dazai is like for me There is an instant click and I know that no matter how short the book is, it will be something I relish to the very last word This is actually the first book of his that I read which was purely fictional While he is an author that draws heavily from his own life and experiences, this was the first time I read something that he had created himself Well, almost He took four fairy tales from Japan and really looked at it Have you ever pondered about why characters said something or did something in a fairy tale Well, Dazai did and felt it should be broken down and analysed to its finality Throughout each novel, he jumps back and forth from the story to the narrator s him perspective and discusses why the plot character did what they did Spread out are snarky sparky comments upon society, human nature, life, and basically everything in between I really like the methodology of this book If you re the type to really like breaking down and analyzing things, not just in books but in every aspect of your life, you will really enjoy this book I don t ever know how to discuss books that I really love because it satisfies a craving in me that even I don t fully understand As I have said, when you really admire someone and their work anything they do say becomes something you take to heart So, all I can do is hug this book and give a bashful silly smile to you when you ask if I enjoyed it

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    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 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 places himself in the weft as another character, the storyteller Only one of the stories has the traditional happy ending expected in the West however, the stories are all revealing of human character The only tale I didn t particularly care for was Click clack Mountain I found it confusing and rather pointless, but then I felt the same about the Tar Baby story in Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit Also, having first met the versatile, shape shifting tanuki in contemporary anime such as Pom Poko , I was surprised that the gluttonous tanuki in Dazai s tale would require any kind of boat, given that they use their testicles for boating and just about everything else in other stories

  5. says:

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

  6. says:

    3.5 5Aunque la producci n literaria de Osamu Dazai se halla un tanto desperdigada por el panorama editorial de nuestro pa s, no se me ocurre un sello mejor que Satori para emplazar esta estupenda colecci n de cuentos populares o de cabecera que reescribe el incomprendido autor japon s con su particular estilo y su heterodoxa versi n de las ense anzas que pretenden transmitir sus hom logos originales Concebida como una antolog a de cinco relatos breves, finalmente son cuatro los cuentos que se 3.5 5Aunque la producci n literaria de Osamu Dazai se halla un tanto desperdigada por el panorama editorial de nuestro pa s, no se me ocurre un sello mejor que Satori para emplazar esta estupenda colecci n de cuentos populares o de cabecera que reescribe el incomprendido autor japon s con su particular estilo y su heterodoxa versi n de las ense anzas que pretenden transmitir sus hom logos originales Concebida como una antolog a de cinco relatos breves, finalmente son cuatro los cuentos que se hallan recopilados en este libro El lobanillo desaparecido, La historia de Urashima, La monta a Kachi kachi y El gorri n de la lengua cortada, cada uno de ellos m s s rdido, sorprendente y on rico que el anterior, pero todos ellos formando un conjunto compacto y s lido que personifica a las mil maravillas el esp ritu admonitorio de la tradici n japonesa y saca a relucir por otro lado una soterrada guerra de sexos transformada en s tira costumbrista Con una edici n muy cuidada, salpicada de notas aclaratorias, una fabulosa introducci n y la versi n original de los relatos, este Cuentos de cabecera constituye una opci n bastante recomendable para los enamorados de la cultura nipona

  7. says:

    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.

  8. says:

    Mi nico acercamiento a Dazai hab an sido las versiones animadas de Ningen Shikkaku y Hashire Melos de la serie animada Aoi Bungaku De entrada, Ningen Shikkaku obra casi autobiogr fica se convirti en mi favorita de toda la serie Nunca esper encontrar una obra de Dazai en espa ol y menos una de esta naturaleza En Cuentos de cabecera Dazai sigue siendo Dazai Una persona tremendamente misogina, pesimista, pero ante todo ir nica frente a la vida Estos son valores raramente asociados a cuent Mi nico acercamiento a Dazai hab an sido las versiones animadas de Ningen Shikkaku y Hashire Melos de la serie animada Aoi Bungaku De entrada, Ningen Shikkaku obra casi autobiogr fica se convirti en mi favorita de toda la serie Nunca esper encontrar una obra de Dazai en espa ol y menos una de esta naturaleza En Cuentos de cabecera Dazai sigue siendo Dazai Una persona tremendamente misogina, pesimista, pero ante todo ir nica frente a la vida Estos son valores raramente asociados a cuentos tradicionales y mucho menos a algunos tan reconocidos como La historia de Urashima , pero definitivamente esta es una de las razones por las que el libro es un gran acierto Normalmente se piensan las traducciones como la manera de acercar al p blico de un idioma a la experiencia de lectura que tuvieron los lectores de otro idioma Otra de las cosas que me gust del libro, esta vez ya no por su autor sino por su editorial, es que como editor y traductor, me hizo replantearme esta definici n Por qu no puede una traducci n dar una nueva experiencia a un nuevo lector Qui n o qu nos exige que sea la misma de los lectores originales En Cuentos de cabecera se dan primero las versiones reinterpretadas de Dazai ante un lector que, a diferencia del lector japon s, es muy probable que desconozca la obra original En ese sentido, lo primero que le llega es la reinterpretaci n c nica de Dazai Y no ser sino hasta el final del libro que conozca las versiones originales Una edici n m s ortodoxa buscar a dar al lector occidental el mismo bagaje inicial que el japon s al dar de antemano las versiones originales Durante toda la lectura me cuestion si era una decisi n inteligente y qu habr a hecho yo como editor No llegu a ninguna resoluci n m s all de que, sea inteligente o no, genera una experiencia interesante de lectura Y eso es lo importante En general es un libro entretenido para todo aquel que guste del humor negro y del cinismo Tambi n para todos aquellos que de alguna manera tengan contacto con la cultura japonesa o las narraciones tradicionales de este pa s Y por supuesto, es una excelente manera de conocer a uno de los autores m s negros de la literatura japonesa y el muy buen trabajo de una de las editoriales que se dedican a la literatura de dicho pa s

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    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 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 turtle, and Dazai has a long digression speculating about the exact species of turtleNo, it would appear that we must somehow impose upon a hawksbill or some other amphibious reptile of similar construction to make the long journey up through the Sea of Japan And yet I m reluctant to invite the scorn of persnickety zoologists who might step forward to point out the absurdity of this assertion and to denounce the appalling lack of scientific spirit displayed by irresponsible literary hacks like me The writing style can be a bit disconcerting rambling, self aware, addressing the reader directly , but there s a lot of subtlety, insight, and humor here I found it a pleasure to read

  10. says:

    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 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 book to keep his family distracted while the land around them is being bombed Since he can t remember the precise details of the fables, he decides to fill in holes from his own imagination, as well as make interpretations about their often ambiguous morality using thepragmatic side of his mind The combination of these two forces whimsical comedy and a sort of tragic indifference is what makes this book great.Overall, entertaining fables, and some razor edged commentary on human psychology are blended perfectly together into a fairly quick read

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