The Tale of Genji

Written in the 11th century, this exquisite portrait of courtly life in medieval Japan is widely celebrated as the world’s first novel. Genji, the Shining Prince, is the son of an emperor. He is a passionate character whose tempestuous nature, love affairs, and shifting political fortunes form the core of this magnificent epic.

We'll read this in the Royall Tyler translation. This is a long book (over 1200 swashbuckling pages), so if you RSVP, please start reading now.

*If you've found a different version, that's fine as well. It will make finding passages more challenging, but we can compare translations.

Please bring cash to pay for your dinner and drink.



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  • Sunjoy

    Long book, but we got a sense of it. Wouldn't have read this without the meetup!

    August 6

  • Sunjoy

    Tale of Genji reinvented as Japanese teenage love. Set in the Dublin library that has the Genji illustrations. tale of the genji - YouTube
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    www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnU9Nm1UShg
    Apr 6, 2009 - Uploaded by Noise Dublin
    Noise Dublin ... Ron Korb with Hiroki Sakaguchi The Tale of Genji Genji Monogatari by ... Tale of Genji: Yugao by changsushi 3,254 views; 6:21

    July 20

  • Sunjoy

    Where is everyone?

    July 20

  • Anthony O.

    Sorry, can't make it this weekend. Enjoy!

    July 18

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have not yet picked up the book, and can only read two hours at night,anbd on weekends; i cannot finish the book in time

    July 4

    • Melissa

      You're welcome to come to discuss what you have read, though of course there will be spoilers.

      July 5

  • Melissa

    Weather permitting, we'll move outside to the park once everyone has arrived.

    June 8, 2014

  • Clare

    Gilly - Since the date is moved, I would like to join, but it looks like RSVP's are closed. Is it possible to open them again?

    February 4, 2014

    • Gilly

      Yes -- that was an accident!

      February 5, 2014

  • Kay

    I'm excited!

    January 8, 2014

  • Marc G.

    Good!!! Thank you.

    December 29, 2013

  • Elizabeth B.

    Thanks, Gilly. I hope this will work for many of us.

    December 29, 2013

  • Gilly

    I put a July date in, but we can of course revisit closer to that time.

    December 29, 2013

  • Naoko

    Hi, if anyone is interested seeing Japanese Calligraphy Demonstration of Tale of Genji, here is the info.

    http://onishiproject.com/exhibits/wayou-masako-inkyo

    I will go to the reception to see the performance.

    December 28, 2013

    • Naoko

      Hi, Gilly and Anthony - I checked with Ms. Inkyo, the performer, and she said the demonstration will start from around 7:00 pm. The location is ONISHI PROJECT 521 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001. If anyone is coming, please let me know as it will be nice to say hi to the people from this group.

      December 28, 2013

    • Gilly

      Sounds a little late for my son on a school night, though he's interested in calligraphy. Hope you have a great time!

      December 29, 2013

  • Gilly

    I just realized there's already a June meetup -- Huck Finn -- so we'd have to wait until the summer. It's often hard to find a time in July when everyone can make it. What do y'all suggest?

    December 28, 2013

    • Elizabeth B.

      I like Marc's idea of postponing until July.

      December 28, 2013

    • Marc G.

      Anthony . . . good memory! Yes, doodle, that's the one. If the originally set date doesn't work for one or more people, each person can go on the web to a place on the Doodle site and check yes or no for each of a whole series of possible dates. Then, Gilly would be able to choose any of the dates for which everyone said yes, something that would be visible all at once. (Actually, Doodle.com and meetup.com are a great combination; maybe someday meetup can acquire it.)

      December 28, 2013

  • Marc G.

    i switched my RSVP to "yes" since it seems likely we will get a layervdate.

    December 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was looking forward to my first meetup with this group in a few weeks, but I'm also fine with postponing the Genji discussion, if that's what the majority wants.

    December 27, 2013

  • Melissa

    I didn't get the email from you Marc, but I'd be happy to push this until June. I'm having a terrible time finding a copy! If we do decide to go ahead with it, I'll try to order it and do what I can...

    December 27, 2013

  • Elizabeth B.

    I put Genji on hold at the library when this meetup was first announced, but I'm still waiting for it. So I doubt I'll be able to read it by the 19th. I'm sorry we're not postponing till June.

    December 26, 2013

  • Marc G.

    Given that two of the Genji sign-ups haven't replied and that nobody else indicated they'd jump into Genji if it were moved, it will go forward as per the original schedule calling for January 19th.

    December 26, 2013

  • Marc G.

    I had wondered, given fewer-the-usual RSVPs, if folks would consider moving the Genji meetup to June (the next available month) to give people more time to read this 1,000-plus page book. Per Gilly’s suggestion, I e-mailed those who had RSVPd; four said yes and two haven’t responded thus far. So we’re raising the issue for the group as a whole:

    Would those who RSVPd for Jan. but haven’t yet answered the e-mail mind going to June? Would others sign up if there is more time?

    December 19, 2013

  • Marc G.

    Darn, I really wanted to be at this one, but there's no way i can handle this length in this time interval. :-(

    December 4, 2013

    • Gilly

      Marc, if you get the book by this weekend, it's about 30 pages a day...

      December 4, 2013

    • Marc G.

      Right . . . but my schedule is busy and can't accommodate that.

      December 4, 2013

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