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The Sound of the Mountain
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date June 1, 1996
Pages 276
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679762645
ISBN-10 0679762647
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
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Summary
Focuses on the anxieties, desires, and emotions of a sensitive old Japanese man
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata’s The Sound of the Mountain is a beautiful rendering of the predicament of old age — the gradual, reluctant narrowing of a human life, along with the sudden upsurges of passion that illuminate its closing.
 
By day Ogata Shingo, an elderly Tokyo businessman, is troubled by small failures of memory. At night he associates the distant rumble he hears from the nearby mountain with the sounds of death. In between are the complex relationships that were once the foundations of Shingo’s life:  his trying wife; his philandering son; and his beautiful daughter-in-law, who inspires in him both pity and the stirrings of desire. Out of this translucent web of attachments, Kawabata has crafted a novel that is a powerful, serenely observed meditation on the relentless march of time.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780394446288
 
from Random House Inc (June 1, 1970)
9780394446288 | details & prices | List price $6.95
About: Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata’s The Sound of the Mountain is a beautiful rendering of the predicament of old age — the gradual, reluctant narrowing of a human life, along with the sudden upsurges of passion that illuminate its closing.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780679762645
 
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With Edward Seidensticker | Reprint edition from Vintage Books (June 1, 1996)
9780679762645 | details & prices | 276 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $16.00
About: Focuses on the anxieties, desires, and emotions of a sensitive old Japanese man
from J P Tarcher (July 1, 1981)
9780399505270 | details & prices | 5.00 × 6.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $9.95
About: Focuses on the anxieties, desires, and emotions of a sensitive old Japanese man

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