Translated by Donald Keene. Chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers). A Puppet Play. Translated by Donald Keene. Columbia University Press. A Puppet Play, Translated by Donald Keene; Prepared for the Columbia College Program of Translations from the Oriental Classics. Chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers) by Donald Keene, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Essential Readings from Antiquity to the Present. This story of duty resolutely carried out to the most extreme lengths resonated within the core of the Japanese people and became the basis for a nearly boundless waterfall of plays, novels and films. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Chūshingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers): A Puppet Play by Izumo Takeda

As it stood, it was still a 3 hour play. It was heavily edited, as the play is very long and would be over 10 hours if the entire thing were performed.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Definitely a Japanese classic. Since the original play was written there have been numerous adaptations in film, novels, and television productions.

I do not read many plays, but I was able to be enveloped in the story and was so compelled by it that I finished it the day that I started it. When reading the play, it’s a bit odd, but one interesting thing to note about the text. My mind is filled with visions of Keanu. Product details Paperback Publisher: Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.


Chūshingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers): A Puppet Play

The very word “samurai” translates as “servant”, and without someone to serve they have no purpose. Please try again later. The New Yorker show more. I’m not one of them, so I’ll have to leave a comparative study aside here. Keene shows the various points of view, the commentary given by Japanese authors over the years, and the way the chushibgura has been interpreted to support the various viewpoints of society.

Although I am not a big fan of introductions-before-book, this one leene Donald Keene helps a lot the spoilers are few and is recommended. Written around as a puppet play, it is now better know in Kabuki performances.

The people I brought with me thought it overly long. I stayed completely enthralled, but then again, I have been studying Japanese literature all quarter and had read the pla I’m going to see this as a kabuki in March.

Later, he is surrounded keenr dozens of police who threaten to kill his son if he doesn’t confess. Lists with This Book. Review quote Through his graceful, resourceful translations and his elegant, exhaustive scholarly books, [Keene] is almost single-handedly responsible for the current popularity of Japanese literature in English-speaking countries.

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The samurai also did not earn their position, they were born samurai, as an inherited class. Uma Thurman in samurai garb, they are not Another was to make 47 the number of rebellious ronin, for that is the number of kana letters, let’s call them in one of the main Japanese writing systems.

On top of that, he has created a thrilling chushinguar, one that can be read as a novel and is hard to put down once started.

While Kanpei gives his account of events, he commits seppuku. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

The general story has been depicted in many mediums such as ukiyo-e prints. There was a problem with your submission. Andrew Villwock rated it it was chushhingura Feb 21, Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval.