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As Kawabata recounts in the novel, Kitani understood the implications of the Western-style adjournment rule better than Shusai.

For Kawabata in particular, the past is another country, and he is the perpetual exile. Mar 05, notgettingenough rated it it was amazing Se China’s Go isn’t “real Go”, that supposedly developed in Japan – other foreigners have no clue of Go, “the spirit of Go” is missing, etc.

The Master of Go

It would be easy to sum it up this way but completely unfair to the style and cultural subtleties of maeetro book, to the lingering spirit of Japanese traditions, ceremonial etiquette and values of the past, desperately trying to keep dignity in today’s competitive world where new sets of rules bring new tactics and push aside traditionally perceived respect and honour.

Aug 18, Maesrro Vesta rated it it was ok Shelves: Want to Read saving…. Despite its simple, basic rule – surround more territory than the opponent – go is an extremely difficult game; it is presented as basically being a military strategy, sublimating itself into an art, like kawabatw Japanese cultural activities and martial arts: Does the mystery and the nobility of a game is diminished if played away from the land of its origin?

During that time, Kawabata keeps on visiting with the man and often spends the night at the same hotels where he stays.

Instead it is more contemplative and reflective. So, from whence comes the drama and conflict in this slow, thoughtful game?

Go seemed to be outplaying Shusai throughout, and Shusai, in desperation, resorted to an extremely unethical strategy.

I think that go is the reflect of himself. A sick dying old man, a master of Go, plays an epic game against a young modern man. Kawabata fictionalizes an actual le game of Go he covered as a journalist, a last contest between one of its most famed players, terminally ill and failing, and a younger, distraught player of some skill.


Thanks maestrl telling us about the problem. The Master of Go records an old generation v. Maextro 21, Bbrown rated it really liked it. So too the reader is lulled by the almost meditative pace of the narrative, which develops as slowly as the game does. This one game is like a pond showing the ripples. Everything had become science and regulation. This novel about the last game of a dying Go master was a gift to me by friends. Uragami expresses his skepticism over whether a foreigner Dr.

View yaeunari 5 comments. The exhaustion of insomnia that ravaged the serenity during the four day long recesses was now curious about the loneliness that sprang from the nostalgia of a waning art. The progress of the game is depicted by several figures spread over the novel, but the book is so much more than the game – a careful and nuanced depiction of character of the two key players, depiction their private lifes and their families, the procedure of mild and careful intervention by officials to nudge the game along without unruffling the egos of either of the players, and so much more.

And in his fictional chronicle of a match played between a revered and heretofore invincible Master and a younger and more modern challenger, Yasunari Kawabata captured the moment in which the immutable traditions of imperial Japan met the onslaught of the twentieth century. A letting go, not a straight forward one, when a young player sticks to his guns to ensure that the Master is not able to get away with abuse of his power, prestige and guile, but instead unsettles the Master and defeat him but canny use of the new rules.

One can only hope we in the west adopt a similar tradition to shosetsu – it would certain save people like James Frey a good deal of trouble.

It is widely believed that the move was actually found by Shusai’s student Maeda, later a top player in his own right. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. They ysunari as easily be playing some other game — think of it as Vulcan checkers — and you’d still get the same sensory impressions and characterizations from play even not having a clue about the rules.


Uragami who himself was an ardent fan of the Master, infers that there are two types of players: To ask other readers questions about The Master of Goyasunai sign up. And then Kawabata gives the final scores at the start of the second chapter. Kawabata’s writing can be seen either in terms of Japanese aesthetics or Western existentialism and as such should have something to offer to all of us. I wish, as I wished when I read Hikaru no Gothat I was good enough to look at a single move and appreciate its sublime brilliance, or how it casts a shadow over the board, or why go professionals can study and discuss yasubari move and its many long-reaching implications and how it indicates that the player kawabaya aggressive, weak, uncertain, reckless, subtle, devious, or resolved, etc.

Go Seigen, a genius who is widely believed to be the greatest Go player of the 20th century, also yasunati a match against Honinbo Shusai, the real-life prototype for “the Master” in Kawabata’s book. As the nominally stronger player, he had the right to adjourn the game when he wished, even when it was his turn to play.

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Spannend relaas van een legendarische go-wedstrijd, waarbij de grootmeester wegens ziekte het onderspit delft en het prototypische jong talent zijn smerigste trukendoos opentrekt. The Game of Go that has its origins in China about 4ooo years ago is now an inhabitant of the Japanese culture.

There’s the writing, which may seem uncomplicated and plain at first, but which actually reveals itself to be poignant and extremely captivating. With no such intention in mind, I rather fell out of the frying pan on this one. Comparatively, Otake is the opponent the Master can see and plan to play the game, however, it’s better if we’d rather have a few challenging us in the open for the face-to-face battle so that we know who they are and keep this in mind too.

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