Yasunari Kawabata: The Dancing Girl of Izu
My favorite author is Yasunari Kawabata, was born in June 14, 1899 and died in April 16, 1972. He is a Japanese short story writer and the first Japanese author to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. His works combined the beauty of old Japan with modernist trends. Kawabata’s books have been described as melancholy lyricism and often explore the place of sex within culture and within individual lives. “The Dancing Girl of Izu” is a story like this, my favorite story is The Dancing Girl of Izu, I like him because of this short story, it is a beautiful love story about a melancholy high school student meets a young dancer on a walking trip down Izu Peninsula, and he falls in love with this young dancer finally. They spend a memorable time together but their love affair is predestined to be impossible because of the hierarchy and the feudal system. In that time, artists are the most low-class occupation in Japan. I believe that Kawabata never thought artists can be so rich and important people. When I first read this story in high school, I was hooked by his timeless lyrical style and exoticism. I like his style. It’s so beautiful and sorrowful. When I read his short stories, I would feel very calm, and I could even feel what the characters in the stories felt. I like that feeling, because I’m also a dissociable boy like him when I was young. But I can imagine he had a much more sorrowful experience than me. Yes, it was true or he couldn’t write so a sorrowful story like “The Dancing girl of Izu”. His words would have resonance for me, I had an unhappy childhood, some pictures made me scared even though I am twenty now. Compared to Kawabata, my experience isn’t worth a saying. His life was blighted by sorrow and loneliness, his childhood was repressed and solitary, he was born in Osaka, Japan, into a well-established doctor’s family. He became an orphan at four, and then he lived with his grandparents. He also had an...
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