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Night of the Milky Way Railway by Kenji…

Night of the Milky Way Railway (1934)

by Kenji Miyazawa

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Giovanni and his friend Campanella, who is dead from drowning, travel on a celestial railway which is a ferry of souls journeying to the afterlife.



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Um, what? I was going to be unhappy - well, no, I am unhappy I read the foreword first and it had a major spoiler in it. It actually changed how I understood the story - spoilers seldom do, for me, but this one did. But the story is so full of SYMBOLISM, most of which made no sense to me, that my annoyance about the spoiler was rather diluted. I have little or no idea what was going on for most of the story - the bird catcher? The teacher and the children's origin was clear - but why did Kenji get so whiny about the girl? Walnut trees and electric squirrels, bombs(?) in the heavenly river, so what _was_ the story of the twins? Where did the professor come in? And a happy(?) ending - except Kenji's lost his one friend. I have no idea. Possibly if I were immersed in Japanese folklore I'd understand it better, but I didn't even see any of what I do know about Japanese folklore, except a brief mention of cranes, then a long discussion of herons (and why cake?). Not a winner, for me. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Jan 21, 2020 |
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Kenji Miyazawaprimary authorall editionscalculated
Barnard, BrynIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sigrist, JosephTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Strong, Sarah M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stroud, D. M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Well then, everybody, while it's been called a river or a leftover spill of milk, can you tell me if this pale white thing is in fact a river?
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