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The diary and poems along with commentary provide insight into Lady Murasaki’s unique perspective and sensitivity added with her keen eye for detail.
Have been meaning to read the Tale of Genjii for years, but having come across this memoir, I thought I'd give it a shot first. There was a long introduction, which was actually helpful. I was not initially interested in the problems of translation, but the glimpse of the scholarship gave unexpected enjoyment to reading the book itself. The diary is set up like a dual translation, with footnotes on one side and text on the other. Again, more readable than one would think. A fascinating culture,
I practically memorized every inch of this book.