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Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Genji)

Murasaki Shikibu

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari) is a classic work of Japanese literature attributed to the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu in the early eleventh century, around the peak of the Heian Period. It is sometimes called the world's first novel, the first modern novel, the first romance novel, or the first novel to still be considered a classic... The Genji was written for the women of the aristocracy (the yokibito) and has many elements found in a modern novel: a central character and a very large number of major and minor characters, well-developed characterization of all the major players, a sequence of events happening over a period of time covering the central character's lifetime and beyond. The work does not make use of a plot; instead, much as in real life, events just happen and characters evolve simply by growing older. One remarkable feature of the Genji, and of Murasaki's skill, is its internal consistency, despite a dramatis personae of some four hundred characters. For instance, all characters age in step and all the family and feudal relationships are consistent among all chapters. NOTE: this is a highly condensed version of the text, running to just under 200 pages, whereas the original is nearly 1000 pages long! (Summary by Wikipedia)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

8h 52m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

17:25


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

46:39


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

38:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:25


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

30:13


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

34:55


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

27:01


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

25:34


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

33:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

38:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

19:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:34


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

26:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

27:56


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:57


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

37:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

23:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

14:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

13:46


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:46


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

20:48