Tuesday, July 09, 2019


An Hour on One Sentence

Donald Keene (1922-2019), Chronicles of My Life: An American in the Heart of Japan (New York: Columbia University Press, 2008), p. 42:
We had one day off, which I used to study Japanese literature at the University of Hawaii. The first term we read a modern novel each week and wrote a report in Japanese. The second term I persuaded the professor to read The Tale of Genji with us. By this time I had begun to feel confident in my ability to read Japanese, but I was by no means prepared for The Tale of Genji. Often I spent an hour or more trying to read just one sentence.

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