The Master of Go

The Master of Go

Yasunari Kawabata / Feb 20, 2020

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

  • Title: The Master of Go
  • Author: Yasunari Kawabata
  • ISBN: 0425026450
  • Page: 261
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  • Go is a game of strategy in which two players attempt to surround each others 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, modern challenger, Yasunari Kawabata captured the moment in which the immutable traditions of imperial Japan met the onslaught of the twentieth century The competition between the Master of Go and his opponent, Otak, is waged over several months and layered in ceremony But beneath the games decorum lie tensions that consume not only the players themselves but their families and retainerstensions that turn this particular contest into a duel that can only end in death Luminous in its detail, both suspenseful and serene, The Master of Go is an elegy for an entire society, written with the poetic economy and psychological acumen that brought Kawabata the Nobel Prize for Literature Translated from the Japanese by Edward G Seidensticker

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    1. You would probably be lost for the actual Go play if you are an amateur player, like me Strangely, this did not dilute the experience, the excitement, the fine nuances of the duel, the description of the characters, of their physical and mental involvement. A delicate experience, wonderfully written!

    2. According to the introduction to the book there is a word in Japanese (shōsetsu - literally: "short story") which means a fictionalized account of an historical happening. The degree to which the account has been turned into fiction is left vague. The Master of Go is a shōsetsu of a famous "retirement" game of Go between the aged Master (Honinbō Shūsai) and the young Challenger (Minoru Kitani). The game was played, and the book is set, in 1938.The account given by Kawabata of the contesta [...]

    3. i guess this is a journalism story turned into a novel, but not too intriguing. you don't have to understand the game Go in order to enjoy the portrait of the old master of Go, which is really the underlying purpose of the novel. you might think it a great novel, but wait, there are also Kawabata's masterpieces of Beauty and Sadness and Snow Country. the master of go is ok but lacks those beautiful kawabatian phrases of his later novels, you know, the haiku zen descriptions which are so magical. [...]

    4. I read this out of curiosity as I was in the process of learning how to play Go. I don't think this book is for everybody, but it is well written and you get a feel for just how seriously the game of Go is viewed in Japan. I Think if this were written as one expects with the beginning at the beginning and the end at the end instead of moving back and fourth through the chain of events the story would have been a more exciting read. The fact that it was interesting at all reflects well on the aut [...]

    5. Go is an Asian game of strategy. Two players using black and white balls fight for control of the board, while bock the other the player's control. This is book is an early example of creative nonfiction. Kawabatta wrote this book basing it on a Go Match he covered when he was reporter.He included diagrams of the players' positions as the game progresses. The reader does not need to know a lot about Go to follow the gameThe book is about the passing of an era in Japan. It is a battle between [...]

    6. Even if you do not play Go or have any interest in it, this story of the last match of an aging and ill master against a much younger and more aggressive player of high rank will hold your interest. It is a character study more than anything and the shifts between the master and his opponent become the dramatic elements of the story that rivet your attention.

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