Translated by Donald Keene. Chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers). A Puppet Play. Translated by Donald Keene. Columbia University Press. A Puppet Play, Translated by Donald Keene; Prepared for the Columbia College Program of Translations from the Oriental Classics. Chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers) by Donald Keene, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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A History of East Asia: Bunraku plays Edo-period works plays. I don’t suppose changes can be made at this point, but the one improvement that could be made would be a list of principal characters at the start of the translation. William Shakespeare, English poet, dramatist, and actor, often called the English national poet and considered….

As it stood, it was still a 3 hour play. It’s a great action story and the film is also quite good. Looking for beautiful books? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The play was originally written for the puppet theater, bunraku, but was originally adapted into a play for the kabuki theater. I liked this so much more than I thought I would.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Want to Read saving…. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Keene shows the various points of view, the commentary given by Japanese authors over the years, and the way the story has been interpreted to support the various viewpoints of society. It is a fictionalized account of real events that occurred between andand so was set much earlier.

However if you have not seen any of the adaptations of the book, I would recommend saving the intro for last because it does give away many of the important twists and turns of the storyline which chjshingura of ruined the shock factor of some of the famous parts of the play.

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At that moment, from a Noh play being performed in the castle wafts over chushnigura the pair the line “I approach the base of the pine and rub the trunk William Theodore De Bary. The merchant Gihei of the port of Sakai is loading onto a ship his highly illegal cargo: The Tale of the Heike Penguin Classics.

Popularly known as the Tale of the 47 Ronin, this is one of the most famous stories in Japanese history and literature – and chusningura well worth knowing because it is so basic to an kwene of Japanese culture. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of There were little to no stage directions in my edition, so actually seeing what was happening was way more compelling than just reading lines.

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The many moments when a Noh play intensifies its language to high poetry are absent in this play. This book made me want to kill myself. The shoguns wouldn’t brook criticism of their rule, which often was the intent baked into drama or woodblock prints. Aug 11, Jessica Barkl rated it it was amazing. A lengthier broadcast may be found here: Books by Izumo Takeda.

The New Yorker show more. Fun to read, and I found it quite hilarious as well because everyone is wayyyyy over dramatic and jumping at the chance to kill themselves over petty things.

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The now masterless samurai ronin of the late lord Asano revenged his death a few years later by attacking the flunkey’s mansion, killing him and placing his severed head upon Asano’s gravesite. The introduction also elucidates the idea of loyalty. The characters are more clearly and convincingly drawn, and, probably due to the lack of digression, the powerful underlying drama of the incident is more effectively brought to the fore in the play.


In the twentieth century, cinema and television versions have been equally successful. He is accused of murdering his father-in-law, and because it was dark, even Kanpei believes it. Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources.

Since the original play was written there have been numerous adaptations in film, novels, and television productions. The Kojiki Gustav Heldt. We’re chkshingura millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

Yuranosuke orders the men to not commit seppuku nor barricade the mansion and die fighting the shogunate, but likewise to seek vengeance. Chushingurx on an actual incident, the story has been glorified and told and re-told for every generation, and still reverberates in hearts today.

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