Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Genji)

Murasaki SHIKIBU (978 - c 1025), translated by Suematsu KENCHO (1855 - 1920)

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)

Genre(s): Literary Fiction, Sagas, Published before 1800

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introduction Moira Fogarty
00:17:24
Play 01 The Chamber of Kiri Moira Fogarty
00:46:38
Play 02 The Broom-like Tree Part 1 meyerli
00:38:21
Play 03 The Broom-like Tree Part 2 meyerli
00:21:24
Play 04 The Broom-like Tree Part 3 meyerli
00:30:12
Play 05 Beautiful Cicada Availle
00:16:57
Play 06 Evening Glory Part 1 mlcui
00:34:54
Play 07 Evening Glory Part 2 mlcui
00:27:00
Play 08 Young Violet Part 1 Xiph
00:25:33
Play 09 Young Violet Part 2 meyerli
00:33:30
Play 10 Saffron Flower Xiph
00:38:50
Play 11 Maple Fete Rob Board
00:19:04
Play 12 Flower-Feast meyerli
00:09:33
Play 13 Hollyhock e.a.zokaites
00:26:22
Play 14 Divine Tree mlcui
00:27:55
Play 15 Villa of Falling Flowers meyerli
00:02:56
Play 16 Exile at Suma meyerli
00:37:45
Play 17 Exile at Akashi Availle
00:23:22
Play 18 The Beacon Timothy Lucas
00:14:24
Play 19 Overgrown Mugwort Timothy Lucas
00:13:45
Play 20 Barrier House Timothy Lucas
00:05:45
Play 21 Competitive Show of Pictures Timothy Lucas
00:20:47