The Master of Go

The Master of Go Go is a game of strategy in which two players attempt to surround each other s black or white stones Simple in its fundamentals infinitely complex in its execution Go is an essential expression of t

Go is a game of strategy in which two players attempt to surround each other s black or white stones Simple in its fundamentals, infinitely complex in its execution, Go is an essential expression of the Japanese spirit And in his fictional chronicle of a match played between a revered and heretofore invincible Master and a younger and modern challenger, Yasunari KawGo is a game of strategy in which two players attempt to surround each other s black or white stones Simple in its fundamentals, infinitely complex in its execution, Go is an essential expression of the Japanese spirit And in his fictional chronicle of a match played between a revered and heretofore invincible Master and a younger and modern challenger, Yasunari Kawabata captured the moment in which the immutable traditions of imperial Japan met the onslaught of the twentieth century.

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The Master of Go

  1. Yasunari Kawabata was a Japanese short story writer and novelist whose spare, lyrical, subtly shaded prose works won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, the first Japanese author to receive the award His works have enjoyed broad international appeal and are still widely read.Nobel Lecture 1968nobelprize nobel_prize

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  1. Kawabata writes a factual account of a Go match, which at one level could be compared with the sort of journalism you see in a magazine like New in Chess He presents all the moves in the game, and comments the play Somehow he turns it into an emotionally gripping meditation on life, art, fate and the inevitable destruction of traditional Japanese society He apparently thought this was his best book remember that he won the Nobel Prize.It would be easy to say that this is a unique occurrence but [...]

  2. Two stoneso individuals One game world The yin yang philosophies sprouting from the wooden bowls on to a 19 x 19 arena The small stones carrying the burden of altering destinies In the realm of sh setsu, Kawabata chronicles a factual reportage of a decisive championship game of Go held in 1938, between Honnimb Sh sai and Mr Kitano Minora Abiding the culture of literary fiction, Kawabata confers fabricated identities to the players as well as to himself Mr Uragami in this epic struggle that spans [...]

  3. How Kawabata combines a journalistic narrative voice with such a rich literary tradition baffles me than the intricate game of Go and it s complex representation of the structural game in society the novel is supposed to explore, and what a beautiful structure Kawabata takes us through, peeling such thin layers of meaning with each inflection and each crafty Go move between the classic master and the iconoclast challenger.

  4. With no such intention in mind, I rather fell out of the frying pan on this one I had to get away from Yourcenar and a glance at the shelves made me think nothing could be further from Hadrian than a book about Go.My very first Go move, and it s a mistake Continue here alittleteaalittlechat.wordpres

  5. Un bon roman d di au jeu de Go, l un des plus complexes en d pit de r gles relativement simples Cette dition pr sente des diagrammes de l volution de la partie L accent est mis sur le duel, inspir par des v nements r els, entre un vieux ma tre et un jeune outsider La partie s tale pendant fort longtemps, avec des interruptions de plusieurs semaines Au del de l affrontement, une des interpr tation avanc e dans la pr face est qu au travers de cette histoire, l auteur a voulu figurer la mutation pr [...]

  6. How does a book about a go game win the Nobel Prize for Literature Actually, the book itself didn t win the prize Kawabata the author did, but this book is widely regarded as his best, and probably the one that sealed the Nobel for him You have to read this book to understand what it s really like It s a semi fictional chronicle of an actual game between a revered reigning master and a rising young champion destined to unseat him Yes, I just spoiled the ending, but it s pretty much given away in [...]

  7. 3.5 starsI ve just read an interesting article in The Japan Times entitled An exploration of the great game at the heart of the Master of Go by Tyler Rothmar, informing his readers that the battle took place nearly six months and the victor finalized exactly 78 years ago today December 4, 2016 If you d like to read the JT article, please visit this web page japantimes culture 2 Reading this novel by Kawabata is, I think, a bit different from reading his other three, namely, Snow Country , Thousa [...]

  8. EDIT I wonder, would a pun like be acceptable A masterpiece, perhaps all of Kawabata s sentiments crammed into one book rather than an observation of a Go match Though Kawabata s ideals doesn t strike me as those which are sensible, for some reason this book touches me deeply than I ve ever expected.After reading this, I thought as if for a moment, I could understand the reasons behind his suicide Another one sitting read 4 stars, 1 personal star.

  9. One sign of a master writer is the ability to match subject and style I can think of no better example of this than The Master of Go, by Kawabata The careful elegance of Kawabata s writing slowly, almost imperceptibly, creates layers and patterns of meaning in a very similar way to how a game of go might develop To the untutored eye, the first stones placed on the board seem to fall at random, but the master already sees the battle to come and these first stones plant the seeds of the war So too [...]

  10. Un ltimo juego que representa m s que el enfrentamiento entre lo nuevo y lo viejo, sino que dos generaciones que por sucesos hist ricos tienen paradigmas de la vida contradictorios La dicotom a de los grandes autores japoneses del siglo XX quiz s tiene a este libro como su producto m s representativo.

  11. Kawabata is my most recent literary obsession, I m just gonna read everything he ever wrote and I haven t gotten very far Scarlet Gang was experimental and awesome, Snow County and Thousand Cranes and the Palm of Hand Stories sparse, gently, and apocalyptic in a love sense , and The Master of Go is really not like the others at all Kawabata fictionalizes an actual final game of Go he covered as a journalist, a last contest between one of its most famed players, terminally ill and failing, and a [...]

  12. Spannend relaas van een legendarische go wedstrijd, waarbij de grootmeester wegens ziekte het onderspit delft en het prototypische jong talent zijn smerigste trukendoos opentrekt Kawabata ritmeert perfect, bouwt de spanning op en graaft diep in de spelerszielen, dit alles in zijn typische ingetogen stijl Met tekeningen van het verloop van de langdurige kamp, voor wie die wil naspelen Onthaasting voor amateurs van bordspelen en japanofielen Heerlijk PS zijn er go spelers op Wil het spel graag ter [...]

  13. This novel about the last game of a dying Go master was a gift to me by friends They knew of my longstanding interest in Go and gave me this novel for my birthday I ve previously read a couple of Yasunari Kawabata s short stories in anthologies but I ve always felt his writing to be at least one shade oblique than is comfortable This book, which is apparently straightforward than a lot of his other novels, is quite difficult to parse as an emotional work But I still end up contemplating its th [...]

  14. There was something unreal about the pictures, which may have come from the face, the ultimate in tragedy, of a man so disciplined in an art that he had lost the better part of reality.Just like Kokoro or the majority of Yukio Mishima s work, Master Of Go belongs to that corner of Japanese culture in favor of the old Meiji era and against the new Western influence, loss of values etc It may be said that the Master was plagued in his last match by modern rationalism, to which fussy rules were eve [...]

  15. The good books about the game are rare I know only four one, The chess player Zweig, Loujine defense Nabokov, Little chess player Ogawa and this one He is exceptionnal The Go is a very special game By the time, territory is occupied It s a brain repr sentation Chcker draw waves, attacks, idea I think that go is the reflect of himself Two player old master personnify eternal old Japan and young master who is the future The story came fron a real party after second world war.It does not matter to [...]

  16. Meijin hat mich auf so vielen Ebenen berrascht, dass ich mich ein wenig rgere, dass ich es nicht schon eher gelesen habe Aber vielleicht war jetzt einfach die richtige Zeit f r das Buch Im Mittelpunkt der Erz hlung steht die letzte Partie des Go Meister Honinbo Shusai Dieser tritt, sterbenskrank, gegen den aufstrebenden Otake an Die Partie ersteckte sich insgesamt ber sechs Monate und gibt nicht nur Einblick in die sich wandelnde Welt des Go sondern wirft auch einen Blick auf den Wandel der japa [...]

  17. Its just a game get over it Apparently not when the game is Go and the Master of the game, a figure revered by the author as if a prophet the episode about the single strand of hair on the Master s eyebrow treads on the hilarious, though , is playing his last fateful game against an upstart Otake The author uses the backdrop of this single game to depict the lifestyle of a passing era in Japan An era when a game was than atheistically calculated 150 odd moves on a 19 by 19 matrix board An era w [...]

  18. P n s m apuc efectiv de lecturarea romanului, Maestrul de go de Yasunari Kawabata m ap sa ca o povar , m intimida i mi crea o stare de disconfort datorat nu subiectului c r ii, ci mai degrab temerii c nu voi reu i s o apreciez la adev rata sa valoare Acum, ns , pot vedea de ce nsu i Kawabata i a declarat acest roman ca fiind cel mai bun roman al s u Este dureros de frumos.Fiind primul scriitor japonez laureat al premiului Nobel pentru literatur n 1968, Yasunari Kawabata este mai degrab cunoscut [...]

  19. Well, I still don t know if the problem is Kawabata s writing or Seidensticker s translating, but I have a feeling it s the latter This is the second Seidensticker translation I ve read Snow Country was the first , and the lack of flow is very noticeable There s no rhythm or melody to his writing, so you feel you are walking along an incredibly uneven path that makes unexpected turns all the time This reinforces my belief that translators must not only be adept in both languages, but must be goo [...]

  20. I read this and Stefan Zweig s Chess Story back to back, and was very happy that I did Both deal with the psychological effects of obsessing over complex boardgames, and explore a central character whose life has been consumed by such obsession Despite the fact that Chess Story takes a fictional approach, while Kawabata s book is based on an actual person, there were many parallels between the two works, and each highlighted aspects of the other that otherwise I might have missed While both book [...]

  21. A sad, elegant piece of reportage was how the translator Edward G Seidensticker described The Master of Go in the introduction It was about an actual 1938 match that Kawabata Yasunari reported in the newspapers The novelist reworked his narrative during the war and it was finally published as a book ten years after, in 1954 It was obvious from his treatment of the particular game of Go that the story was not merely a straightforward narrative of a battle between two diametrically opposite positi [...]

  22. Pre war Japanese culture was very different from pre war Western culture and almost unimaginable to Americans today That any game could last 6 months, with 40 hours allotted to each player and the stress so great that even younger players strain to maintain concentration is also unimaginable to us The formality of rules and agreements along the way, added to the the usual Japanese obsession with hierarchy, rules of respect and engagement become even complicated when any concession can give the [...]

  23. This is a good Kawabata novel and an easy read The taste of early Showa Japan is great with details on resorts and temples around Tokyo, train schedules, newspaper reporting, and The plot is clear which is not the case with some of Kawabata s other famous novels I found the larger commentary around Japan moving forward toward modernity and leaving traditions behind to be interesting than the specifics of the core drama of the book, the final Go game and climactic challenge for the Master I ve [...]

  24. The serenity of this book is something I admire intensely The writing feels very late style, a master entirely confident in his own instincts and capabilities and content to start from x and just see where he ends up Everywhere he ends up, one need hardly say, is good This book is also a reminder that great novels can be about ANYTHING, and that the eternal strength of the novel form is its elasticity Translated into practical terms, I think that means we should never belabor the beginning of a [...]

  25. La tem tica no me apasionaba ni un poco carezco del m s m nimo inter s por juegos tales como el go sin embargo me lo recomendaron con tanto nfasis que le di una chance y ten an raz n Kawabata ha demostrado poder hacerme interesar hasta en fisicoquimica si quiere, con esa magistral forma de narrar

  26. A book that could so easily have been mind numbingly dull in the wrong hands, but is written with such ease and simplistic beauty by Kawabata.

  27. I guess it would be easy for a reader of the Western world to say that Kawabata s book is not much than a slightly fictionalised record of a game that lasted 6 months and was split into several sessions, where two adversaries played and the country silently observed until the Master of Go finally lost and his much younger opponent took the laurel, which, by the way, we are told straight at the onset It would be easy to sum it up this way but completely unfair to the style and cultural subtletie [...]

  28. The Master of Go bercerita tentang seorang Master di bidang igo yang memainkan game terakhirnya melawan seorang penantang muda yang merupakan produk dari zaman baru.Honinbo Shusai sang Master of Go berhadapan dengan Kitani Minoru dalam cerita nama Kitani dirubah menjadi Otake dalam 1 babak terakhir sebelum sang Master pensiun Dalam pertandingan kali ini, Otake meminta penggunaan peraturan baru yang mengharuskan pemain menyegel langkah terakhir sebelum maju ke babak selanjutnya Hal ini merupakan [...]

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