The pillow book of sei shonagon is a fascinating detailed account of japanese court life in the eleventh century written by a lady of the court at the height of heian culture this book enthralls with its lively gossip witty observations and subtle impressions. In the love affairs and romantic interests it was taste and sensibility not physical appearance that were the focus she sights that the man you love and the same man once youve lost all feelings for him seem like two completely different people it was a joy to read sei shonagons pillow book in meredith mckinneys translation. The pillow book of sei shonagon is a fascinating look at japanese court culture during the 11th century heian period 794 to 1186 while others may be more familiar with murasaki shikibus the tale of genji as an example of classic japanese literature of the time i chose the pillow book instead i always lean towards bucking the trend and i was intrigued by what i had read of sei . Sei shonagon author meredith mckinney editor translator 43 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews see all 8 formats and editions hide other formats and editions the pillow book of sei shonagon is a fascinating look at japanese court culture during the 11th century heian period 794 to 1186. The classic portrayal of court life in tenth century japan written by the court gentlewoman sei shonagon ostensibly for her own amusement the pillow book offers a fascinating exploration of life among the nobility at the height of the heian period describing the exquisite pleasures of a confined world in which poetry love fashion and whim dominated while harsh reality was kept firmly at
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