Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata

Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata’s Thousand Cranes is a luminous story of desire, regret, and the almost sensual nostalgia that binds the living to the dead. While attending a traditional tea ceremony in the aftermath of his parents’ deaths, Kikuji encounters his father’s former mistress, Mrs. Ota. At first Kikuji is appalled by her indelicate nature, but it is not long before he succumbs to passion—a passion with tragic and unforeseen consequences, not just for the two lovers, but also for Mrs. Ota’s daughter, to whom Kikuji’s attachments soon extend. Death, jealousy, and attraction convene around the delicate art of the tea ceremony, where every gesture is imbued with profound meaning. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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The 704th greatest fiction book of all time

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  1. - The Bigger Read List (English PEN)
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Thousand Cranes Paperback 827323 $2.50 $0.01 1981
Thousand Cranes Mass Market Paperback 996969 $34.49 $2.41
Thousand Cranes Hardcover 3556469 $676.33 $39.99
Thousand Cranes Hardcover 4618713 $50.00
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Thousand Cranes Paperback 359069 $6.44 $1.31 1996
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Thousand Cranes (Berkley Medallion, No. X1082) Mass Market Paperback 8479418 $1.49 1965
Thousand Cranes Mass Market Paperback 11109674 $0.61
Thousand Cranes (Rei) Paperback 10998691 $0.19
Thousand Cranes (Vintage International) Kindle Edition 336862 $10.99 2013