Kusamakura by Natsume Sōseki
Finished reading on January 25th, 2013
“If you work by reason, you grow rough-edged; if you choose to dip your oar into sentiment’s stream, it will sweep you away. Demanding your own way only serves to constrain you. However you look at it, the human world is not an easy place to live. ”
– Natsume Sōseki
“Kusamakura” is the second book I’ve read by Natsume Sōseki, the first one being “Sanshiro”.
It starts off almost as if it were in a dream with all the imagery well suited for a novel about an artist. And it continues much in the same way having transported me from a cold dark northern-hemisphere winter to a mountain spring in Japan following the artist around as he’s trying to find something to paint.
It’s mellow… the kind of book you’d read on a hot summer afternoon in the garden while there are bees buzzing in the flowers and swallows flying overhead…and probably you’d fall asleep (because there’s not much in the way of action or suspense) and dream of what you’ve just read about.