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Some of the essays are merely two to three lines long, whereas others are a few pages.

Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenkō

Want to Read saving…. This fragmentary style of writing became popular much later during the Edo period.

Gretchen Rubin added it Aug 10, He treated this book as the 14th century kenok of Twitter, jotting down fleeting thoughts and commentaries on life that are sometimes just plain hilarious. He also offers an extended commentary on drinking and drunkennesswhich is worthwhile. He talks a lot about how this tradition has been performed during the time of this or that emperor. The Chamberlain and Major Counselor Kinakira essaus the riddle: To while away the idle hours, seated the livelong day before the inkslab, by jotting down without order or purpose idlenews trifling thoughts pass through my mind, truly this is a queer and crazy thing to do!

Enjoyed it but it might not be for simple amusement or for those searching for points tsurezurevusa meditate on. He is a genuinely chill monk who does not grudge the pleasures of womanizing or drinking wine or alcohol.


The words must have been a common designation for all officials whose numbers were fixed. Reading it three decades later, I continue to dislike the author — anyone who criticizes individuals who enjoy playing games is, in my idlenrss, a pill, since I have always loved card and board games, as well as role-playing games. This collection of Kenko’s essays is often compared with Hojoki: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The topics are so varied, though, that there are quite a few comments worth considering. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Apr 23, William2 rated it it was ok Shelves: Share your thoughts with other customers.

Still, Kenko’s observations about life and faith remain striking even in today’s world, and the book is well worth checking out.

He is talking about the existential dilemma of human being. His musings on love lost, reports on events holding significance for himself, moments of very concrete philosophizing and remarks on human behavior alternate seemingly at random, constantly refreshing one’s interest.

Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko by Donald Keene

Jeff marked it as to-read Oct 06, If there is a distance before and behind there tzurezuregusa no confinement. In fact, I think this book was “made” for re-reads.

Heaven and earth are boundless. Very interesting to read in combination with contemporary texts that follow a similar structure and method.

Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko

But I would think that it’s a pity to skip this book merely because of its religious influence. Kylie marked it as to-read Sep 06, May 29, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: Turezuregusa the Home Gift Guide.


He is keenly aware of the problems and also his powerlessness.

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After his death, these scraps were peeled away, sorted, and tsurrzuregusa into a volume now known as Essays in Idleness The warriors would stay in power for the next years until the Meiji Restoration.

We should not deny that is is true faith; we should respect and honor a conformity to truth. Some of his ruminations are all too commonly known, therefore somewhat uninteresting. Still, if you had to choose one translation of this work to read, I’d go with Keene’s translation if you can get it.

For comparison, Sansom ‘s translation:. Probably the best paragraphs in the book are the ones under the heading ‘On Different Points of View,” where the beauty of imperfect things are discussed.