"Over The Edge" Selection for March: Kawabata's 1961 HOUSE OF SLEEPING BEAUTIES

[ Sponsored by the BIZARRE BOOKS & FILMS meetup group, this meetup is also part of the "Over The Edge" series with the New Orleans Book Club. ]


Join us Sunday, March 9, at 7p at Flora coffee shop -- on Royal at Franklin (in the Marigny) -- for a discussion of the 1961/1969 novella HOUSE OF THE SLEEPING BEAUTIES by Yasurani Kawabata. Please also read the 2 short stories attached. In November 2013, we read his best-known novel, SNOW COUNTRY.

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From Japan's first Nobel laureate for literature, three superb stories exploring the interplay between erotic fantasy and reality in a loner's mind. They all center upon a lonely protagonist and his peculiar eroticism. In each, the author explores the interplay of fantasy and reality at work on a mind in solitude:

In "House of the Sleeping Beauties," the elderly Eguchi and his clandestine trips to his club. ("He was not to do anything in bad taste, the woman of the house warned old Eguchi. He was not to put his finger into the mouth of the sleeping girl, or try anything else of that sort.") 

In "One Arm," the bizarre dialogue of a man with the arm of a young girl

In "Of Birds an d Beasts," a middle-aged man's memories of an affair with a dancer mingled with glimpses of his abnormal attachment to his pets.

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160 pages. Used copies on amazon for under $5 before shipping.

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For more info, contact Guy Henoumont anytime at[masked] or at [masked] .

Also invited: The Bizarre Books and Films meetup group, the Intelligent Conversation meetup group and the All Things International meetup group.



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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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