Past Meetup

November Main Book Discussion, on St. Charles: Y. Kawabata's "SNOW COUNTRY"


Join us Saturday, November 16 at 11am at Krewe du Brew coffee house for a discussion of "SNOW COUNTRY" by Yasunari Kawabata [1935].

Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata’s Snow Country is widely considered to be the writer’s masterpiece: a powerful tale of wasted love set amid the desolate beauty of western Japan.

At an isolated mountain hot spring, with snow blanketing every surface, Shimamura, a wealthy dilettante meets Komako, a lowly geisha. She gives herself to him fully and without remorse, despite knowing that their passion cannot last and that the affair can have only one outcome.

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192 pages. Used copies on for a penny before shipping; $10 on Kindle. Available in many local bookstores and libraries.

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For more info, call/text/email Guy Henoumont at 504-460-9049 or at

Also invited: the Intelligent Conversation meetup group.


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By Friederike Knabe ( VINE VOICE ( on January 30, 2006

Unless you are familiar with Japanese culture and language, you will find Snow Country different from most any novel you may have read. Read superficially the novel appears to follow a simple plot and structure. Yet, its intensity and beauty lies in the lyrical imagery of landscape and evocation of the protagonists' complex psyche and their relationships. The novel can be compared to a Japanese brushstroke painting, economic and suggestive, where the observant eye is able to complete the picture or the story. To fully appreciate Kawabata's prose in English, newcomers are well advised to empty their minds of other, mainly western, literary experiences and expectations and open up to a different world. Snow Country has to be read at a very slow pace. Every word has importance, with sometimes more than one meaning. With these preparations and attitude of mind, Snow Country is an enriching experience that will linger on long after reading it.


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