In Praise of Shadows Book Review Summary

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A short treaty on aesthetics, first published in 1933, bemoaning the Westernisation of the then modern day Japan. Taking in architecture, toilets, jade, food, lacquer bowls, the beauty of the complexion of Japanese women, and the warm use of shadows in old buildings Tanizaki wanders amongst the beauty of the past. He welcomes the darkness of old style Japanese houses lit only by the duskiness of candlelight casting layers of shadow amongst the rooms. A book of minutely observed beauty.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   1930's History of a people?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   Japanese

Subjects of this Historical Account

Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Somewhat unsympathetic Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Japan

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   1 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   1 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Book makes you feel...    -   thoughtful How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses mostly on the people/nation level How much romance?    -   1 () Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None Length of book    -   Less than 150 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   10 ()

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