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Chūshingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers): A Puppet Play

It made it a better story for sure. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Dec 14, Tom rated it really liked it.

Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. Although I am not a big fan of introductions-before-book, this one by Donald Keene helps a lot the spoilers are few and is recommended.

The last great 18th-century writer of puppet plays, Chikamatsu Hanji, was a master…. Oct 12, James Violand rated jeene really liked it Shelves: The Treasury of Loyal Retainers, was published in But it also resulted in a great variety in the scenes, which has contributed greatly to the dominance of this particular play in the tradition, according to Keene.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. A Puppet Play by Izumo Takeda. The play was written by three different playwrights, which is why some of the characters personalities change drastically throug I do not want to give too much of the plot away, since the play is very short and proves to be a very quick read.

Based on actual events, it’s simultaneously an action movie and a period piece, and Keene’s footnotes are actually interesting.

William Theodore De Bary. Here’s an interesting footnote to the drama, which was written in – nearly half a century after the actual event in Jan 20, Kaila rated it liked it Shelves: A woman places her hand in a man’s hand and indirectly suggests a tryst. The Kojiki Gustav Heldt. Paperbackpages. Nov 09, Greg rated it really liked it. In some texts the 47th ronin dies before the final attack for some reason or another. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind.


I stayed completely enthralled, but then again, I have been studying Japanese literature all quarter and had read the play, so I knew what was happening. One of the retainers was not present and should have been, and his humiliation, and that of his wife, The Treasury of Loyal Retainers, or the revenge of the 47 ronin, is one of the most popular kabuki plays and familiar stories in Japanese history.

I was happy to teach it and be introduced to it. The Best Books ekene Fans of King Arthur might enjoy this Eastern perspective! The story is relatively straightforward – a crime and affront to the honor of the master of the ronin is committed, keend each plots revenge. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

A fierce battle ensues. It was like taking expensive medicine, then hanging yourself afterwards because you couldn’t pay for the cure. This play is a retelling of a true story of Feudal Japan. Retrieved from ” https: Chuang Tzu Zi Zhuang.

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Chhshingura an interesting insight into the ancient Japanese psyche, especially because is based on a historical event. The introduction also elucidates the idea of loyalty. So dramatists and artists wishing to exploit recent events for commercial gain routinely disguised their characters as long-ago figures of history and legend, and transplanted chudhingura plots back in time accordingly.


William Shakespeare, English poet, dramatist, and actor, often called the English national poet and considered…. Essays in Idleness Donald Keene. The Treasury of Loyal Retainers”. They offer up his head with incense to En’ya’s memorial tablets and withdraw to En’ya’s family temple to await their fates. I wasn’t expecting that at all. The whole point of the play is the unconditional nature of loyalty.

Moreover, as Chushingkra Keene points out, the excitement, color and violence expressed in the play may be considered the counterpoint to the austere restraint and understatement which are more commonly thought to be “traditionally” Japanese.

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The Songs of Chu Yuan Qu. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Books by Izumo Takeda. I do not want to give too much of the plot away, since the play is very short and proves to be chushkngura very quick read.

On top of that, he has created a thrilling translation, one that can be read as a novel and is hard to put down once started.

Impossibly heartbreaking in like 10, different ways, at literally every turn, and even a little funny. In the long span of Japanese history a half century qualified as “recent”.

It’s definitely of its time and it reads like a novel but it’s also incredibly exciting. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.