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There was a lot of good stuff here, but I ll have to try a different translation and edition before confidently rating the actual work However, I can rate this edition, which was disappointing.The translation is decent on the whole, but is occasionally stiff and dry enough to slow your roll Also, I am generally a fan of historical and critical notes on classics, but the notes here are awful Dull is never a surprise in these pieces, but these seem to be kissing the work s behind, falling over themselves for approval and contradicting themselves so that nothing said can be held against the book Skip them find the context for these stories elsewhere.There are enough good things in the stories themselves that I will read them again in a different translation, but this one shouldn t be your first choice. If you ve seen Mizoguchi s Ugetsu then you know not to expect horror stories from this collection But hey haven t you seen all those Asian horror flicks , you ll ask That s scary stuff Yes, but the way they scare you is they get under your skin and then grow aliens in your brain These are a bit subtle Symbolic, atmospheric and rooted in tradition, the stories won t give you nightmares if you read them before bedtime, just a twinge that there s a world out there beyond the touchable. @Free Kindle ⚢ 雨月物語 [Ugetsu Monogatari] è A Complete English Version Of The Eighteenth Century Japanese Collection Of Tales Of The Supernaturalby UEDA AKINARI Based On The First Woodblock Edition Of With Illustrations And An Introduction For Western ReadersA Collection Of Nine Beautifully Wrought Tales Of The Supernatural, Ugetsu Monogatari Tales Of Moonlight And Rain Is One Of The Greatest Masterpieces Of Edo Fiction Written By Ueda Akinari And First Published In , It Is Universally Admired For The Classical Elegance Of Its Style And For The Supreme Skill With Which The Tales Are Constructed And RecountedAs Hauntingly Beautiful As The Title Suggests, Ugetsu Monogatari Became Popular In The Western World Through The Famous Film Based On The Tales Made By Japanese Film Director Kenji Mizoguchi In Although The Stories Have Been Translated Into English Before, Professor Zolbrod S Translation Can Justly Claim To Be The First Full Scholarly Version, Complete With The Original Preface And The Original Order Of The Tales Unchanged, Together With Some Of The Delightful Old Japanese Illustrations And A Full Introduction And Notes Designed To Enable Scholar, Student, And The General Reader Alike To Understand The Allusive Quality Of The Tales And Thus Appreciate Their True Beauty And SubtletyOf All The Stories In The Book The Most Intriguing And Spine Chilling Perhaps Are The Tales That Tell Of How A Poet Confronts The Ghost Of A Former Emperor, How A Spirit Travels Hundreds Of Miles On A Single Night To Keep A Promise, How A Jealous Wife Returns From The Dead To Wreck Bloody Revenge On Her Faithless Husband, And How A Buddhist Priest Exorcises A Demon From The Body Of A Mad Monk These were light short stories mixed with Japanese and Chinese myth fundamentals I generally find enjoyable but, in this version, poorly presented in a disconnected flow by prefacing each tale with the origins of the myth, historical background and synopses. I enjoyed Akinari s Tales of Moonlight and Rain eventually Unfortunately, the translator s introduction is long and gives the impression that one simply will not possibly be able to understand or enjoy the tales unless one is a scholar of Japanese history and literature if that s not bad enough, the intro also contains spoilers This is a great shame because, while of course one will get out of them if one has read the same texts as the author and has in mind the same history as readers of the day, they are perfectly accessible stories which can be enjoyed for their own sake If I may be so bold, I d like to suggest a different order in which to read this book.1 skip the book introduction and the introduction to each tale and go straight to the tales themselves marked by a dark moon and a large, illustrated first letter and read them for pure enjoyment, first The footnotes that the translator supplies relate to notes at the end of each tale not the notes at the bottom of the pages which are essentially language notes and they provide plenty of information, if not a little too much, for pure enjoyment 2 AFTER you have read each tale, read the translator s introduction to each one, they will give you historical notes etc which will shed a little light on what you ve just read but will also make sense to you after you ve read the tale, and you ll also avoid spoilers 3 After THAT, if you want to know about the author and the place of the Tales in Japanese literature, read the introduction and the bibliography and throw yourself into an academic frenzy If you do enjoy the tales, then look for the works of Lafcadio Hearn An interesting collection of old Japanese ghost spirit stories Each one has a lesson for you to learn, for example do not eat those that you love once they have died or you ll turn into a demon.The stories are quite mixed, they were pretty gruesome at times, I m sure when this was written they would have been terrifying but in this day an age they are tame.The version I read had tonnes and tonnes of extra info about the characters, the setting, the plot and theories on what the story was about, I ended up skipping the last few as it was just too much and took away any of your own thoughts you have about each story, I d recommend reading the story before the extra info.Just realised this is the 1000th book I ve read according to Goodreads woooooo Ugetsu Monogatari Tales of Moonlight and Rain is a collection of ghostly folktales from Edo Japan It was first published in 1776, and was adapted from Chinese ghost stories It became famous in the West through Kenji Mizoguchi s 1953 film by the same title, which focuses on a single narrative from Aaji go yado The House Amid the Thickets within the collection of 9 stories The are a number of stories which would terrify government officials of the period, and I suggest these for those that are interested in political life of Tokugawa Japan Shiramine white peak are Buppousou Bird of Paradise examples of these stories Monks also feature a prominent role in the supernatural, and apparently their ascetic dietary practices make food a main theme in these stories As such, the Buddhist narratives include a monk who was almost dinner for a Vice governor, Muou no rigyo The carp that came into my dreams , and a monk who sees a boy so cute he could eat him with zombie like consequences, Aozukin The blue hood Being influenced by Chinese writing, of course women are also a focus of potential evil ghosts I ll spare you my inflammatory commentary, and just say that Kibitsu no kama the Caldron of Kibitsu and Jasei no in The Lust of the White Serpent leave me pleased that I am alive now Sometimes nostalgia is just misplaced The most interesting story was the last one, and it is terrifying in its own way I m nodding at you, oh self declared anti capitalists Get your hands on Himpuku ron Wealth and Poverty. The introduction rambled and it seemed as if Chambers was trying to say that only his translation was the definitive one He provided a thorough background to everything, although some might argue a little too much, as his intro was 50 page long.The stories varied a lot but most held to the key ideas of women shouldn t be allowed to feel jealousy or they could kill their husbands with their spirits, men needing to set the law or raise their wives , and how one must heed all advice and traditions or you will be punished.My favorite story was A Serpent s Lust, where a young man named Toyoo marries a snake demon He s from a fishing family but is hopeless at everything except for literature so his father s like you belong to your elder bro cuz I ain t got time for you He gets into a lot of trouble that isn t his fault and the underlying message was that because he wasn t an abusive asshole and was so gorgeous this demon lady wanted him and wreaked havoc to claim him.Despite the blatant sexism and etc, this story was the most progressive and was very entertaining. AcknowledgmentsIntroduction NotesPreface NotesBook One Preface Shiramine The Chrysanthemum VowBook Two Preface The Reed Choked House The Carp of My DreamsBook Three Preface The Owl of the Three Jewels The Kibitsu CauldronBook Four Preface A Serpent s LustBook Five Preface The Blue Hood On Poverty and Wealth Bibliography Anthony Chambers, who is a professor of Japanese literature and literary translation at Arizona State, has brought together these little tales of ghosts, spirits and other things in this slim little volume The title alludes to the belief that mysterious beings appear on cloudy, rainy nights and in mornings with the lingering moon it s a great book to read on a dark night when all is quiet rain is a definite plus and for someone like me who is very deep into history, it goes well beyond just the stories.There are a couple of different ways a reader might approach this book 1 Chambers offers information about each story just prior to its beginning, offering information and history on Title, Characters, Places, Time, Background and Affinities If you are not at all interested in the literary, cultural, political and historical background of the stories, then skip to 2 approach which is to 2 skip directly to the story itself The downside of that approach is that in footnotes, annotations, etc., there are references to other literary works, so just watch out In either case, I would skip the intro and return to it after you ve read the entire book, but of course, that s my own preference I do that in every book I read but it is also very interesting in terms of historical background so do not miss it.As for the stories themselves, there are nine I have to say that I ve recently discovered Hulu s collection of 900 Criterion films, and watched one called Ugetsu I fell instantly and deeply in love with this movie, so I did a bit of research on it It turns out that the movie is a combination of two stories in this book The Reed Choked House and A Serpent s Lust , and I was elated to discover that I actually had this collection in my home library In fact, the title of the film references the Japanese title of this collection Ugetsu Monogatari The story list is as follows Shiramine The Chrysanthemum Vow The Reed Choked House The Carp of My Dreams The Owl of the Three Jewels The Kibitsu Cauldron A Serpent s Lust The Blue Hood On Poverty and Wealth The collection itself dates back to the 18th century it is a classic in the world of Japanese literature A number of these tales have been borrowed by Ueda from Chinese literature he changed them to Japanese settings and adapted them to fit into Japanese culture Samurai abound, for example Buddhism and Shinto also play major roles in these tales All of these little stories are quite good with the exception of On Poverty and Wealth, which I did not particularly care for , but my favorites were The Reed Choked House and A Serpent s Lust, followed by The Kibitsu Cauldron The Chrysanthemum Vow and The Carp of My Dreams, the greatness of which is in the author s ability to blur the line between dreams and reality to an uncanny extreme While not exactly the mainstream fodder of modern readers of supernatural tales, this collection is beyond outstanding Anyone who is one hundred percent serious about literary horror dark fiction should have this book in his or her library for me it s a beautiful blending of works from two cultures I love and it perfectly suits my need for reading something different every time I pick up a work of dark fiction Just so I feel like I m being honest here, it is not always an easy read you have to read, think, and do both slowly.It is an absolutely stunning collection I can highly, highly recommend Even if you want to bypass the scholarly approach, the stories themselves are amazing.