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FREE º Homecoming ë This book was the first contemporary novel to be translated into English after World War It is set against a background of often confrontational and coincidental meetings and partings, fleeting jous and regrets, initally in Singapore and Japan Homecoming gave me, for the first time, insight into the nature of the mid century Japanese novel, as well as understanding of the term floating world as it is applied to both life and literature Here, the constant meetings and partings and the continual shift between pleasure and pain reflected this world Although I have known and appreciated Japanese art for some time, I never realized how there is a specific aesthetic approach to literature as well, particularly in the use of landscape an Homecoming gave me, for the first time, insight into the nature of the mid century Japanese novel, as well as understanding of the term floating world as it is applied to both life and literature Here, the constant meetings and partings and the continual shift between pleasure and pain reflected this world Although I have known and appreciated Japanese art for some time, I never realized how there is a specific aesthetic approach to literature as well, particularly in the use of landscape and nature to reflect human emotions, the purposeful lack of a resolution at the end of the story, and the understanding of character as a form of fate I now need to go back and read some previously read Japanese novels with this new awareness and appreciation Rich and vivid narratives All the senses we have are used to depict a dead, longing, and desperate man who comes after war and placed between the past and the future This book doesn t present you much complexity in plot instead i read it as an insight, individual reflection towards war and self compulsion You might feel like watching a drenched documentary film There are some western references told in neutral and subtly tone which make this story un Japanese in so very Japanese way. A beautiful and deep portrayal of Japanese culture And it was not the sound of water in itself that they liked, it was water as it sounded in nature, or as close to it as possible, that Japanese wanted to hear, and they built their houses accordingly Their lives were bound in the living, and they were trained to find pleasure in meager little things.