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Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

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(4,5 Sterne; 14 Bewertungen)

Most of the following Kwaidan, or Weird Tales, have been taken from old Japanese books,— such as the Yaso-Kidan, Bukkyo-Hyakkwa-Zensho, Kokon-Chomonshu, Tama-Sudare, and Hyaku-Monogatari. Some of the stories may have had a Chinese origin: the very remarkable "Dream of Akinosuke," for example, is certainly from a Chinese source. But the story-teller, in every case, has so recolored and reshaped his borrowing as to naturalize it… One queer tale, "Yuki-Onna," was told me by a farmer of Chofu, Nishitama-gori, in Musashi province, as a legend of his native village. Whether it has ever been written in Japanese I do not know; but the extraordinary belief which it records used certainly to exist in most parts of Japan, and in many curious forms… The incident of "Riki-Baka" was a personal experience; and I wrote it down almost exactly as it happened, changing only a family-name mentioned by the Japanese narrator. (Summary by L. Hearn, from the Introduction to the book)

(3 hr 51 min)

Chapters

Introduction

6:49

Read by Vilayvanh

The Story of Mimi-Nashi-Hoichi

23:17

Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet

Oshidori

3:31

Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet

The Story of O-tei

8:13

Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet

Ubazakura

3:39

Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet

Diplomacy

5:37

Read by Availle

Of A Mirror and a Bell

8:59

Read by Scott Carpenter

Jikininki

9:28

Read by Scott Carpenter

Mujina

5:12

Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet

Rokuro-Kubi

19:10

Read by Scott Carpenter

A Dead Secret

5:39

Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet

Yuki-Onna

10:14

Read by Availle

The Story of Aoyagi

19:44

Read by Availle

Jiu-Roku-Zakura

3:11

Read by Scott Carpenter

The Dream of Akinosuke

12:00

Read by Scott Carpenter

Riki-Baka

4:30

Read by Scott Carpenter

Hi-Mawari

5:30

Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet

Horai

12:04

Read by Martin Geeson

Insect Studies - Butterflies

27:15

Read by Availle

Insect Studies - Mosquitoes

7:26

Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet

Insect Studies - Ants

30:12

Read by Scott Carpenter

Bewertungen

Very Enjoyable

(5 Sterne)

An entertaining collection of stories that made 4 hours of vacuuming and cleaning mirrors much more bearable. All of the readers were excellent - well paced and perfectly understandable. There are a few spine-chilling moments and listeners get to learn a lot about Japanese folklore.

A patchy collection

(4 Sterne)

It's not really a single book. Japanese ghost stories at the front, musings on ths spiritual meaning of the social organisation of insects at the back. The ghost stories are great, though. IMO: stop there unless you like a bit of theology.

(3,5 Sterne)

some good stories some bad.some good readers one or two terrible readers. all-in-all and entertaining collection