Evening Clouds

Evening Clouds This episodic novel originally published in Japan in and appearing for the first time in translation scrupulously observes one family s experiences getting used to a new home atop a windy hill

  • Title: Evening Clouds
  • Author: Junzo Shono Wayne P. Lammers
  • ISBN: 9781880656488
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Paperback
  • This episodic novel, originally published in Japan in 1964 and appearing for the first time in translation, scrupulously observes one family s experiences getting used to a new home atop a windy hill near Tokyo As the three children and their parents discuss the intricacies of buying a new desk, or deal with curious centipedes and residential developers who threaten to deThis episodic novel, originally published in Japan in 1964 and appearing for the first time in translation, scrupulously observes one family s experiences getting used to a new home atop a windy hill near Tokyo As the three children and their parents discuss the intricacies of buying a new desk, or deal with curious centipedes and residential developers who threaten to destroy the surrounding landscape, they accustom themselves to the trials of moving and the necessity of accepting change as the only constant in life Each section revolves around the observations of father Oura, whose character is loosely based on Shono himself.

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    1 thought on “Evening Clouds”

    1. 3.5 stars, rounded up.I decided to do something about the unread books on my shelves, so closed my eyes and pulled one out. I'm not sure when or why I bought this one, but I know I got it at a used book sale. I figured I'd give it a try and DNR it if I didn't like it.I figured out pretty early on that this was the literary equivalent of The Jerry Seinfeld Show - a book about nothing. Little snippets of conversation between family members, mother, father, 3 children. No plot, no drama, no theme, [...]

    2. I really enjoyed this. There were just a few times, however, that he was a bit too sentimental. Shono's writing about his own family and "Evening Clouds" never really got too far beyond one of those pieces people write every week about their family life for newspaper colour supplements."Evening Clouds" has been compared to the films of Yasujiro Ozu. But, perhaps because he didn't have a family of his own, I think Ozu bites harder and is better at avoiding mawk. Classic scene:youtube/watch?v=gumG [...]

    3. "The most celebrated work by one of Japan's master literary stylists, Evening Clouds is a book filled with delicious images of ordinary life, richly and precisely observed. A family moves into a new home on a windswept hilltop in western Tokyo. Around them are forests and farms. But the developers are coming, and the children are growing up. There are meals, quandaries, conversations Life appears comfortable and serene, yet Shono's portrayal has a strange an evocative undercurrent, as the most [...]

    4. Reminded me in format of My Neighbors the Yamadas in book form and with a bit less humor and a bit more reflection on nature. It also made me think of the Studio Ghibli movie Pom Poko, about the development of the Tama Hills.

    5. one of my favorite books. A description of family life in an evolving word, this is not an adventure book, unless you are able to appreciate the small movements of life that make being a parent an adventure. I loved reading that book , and have re-read in twice in 3 or 4 years.

    6. I felt Oura's resolution for his life through description of peaceful and non-eventful days. I would keep longing eyes on his world.

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