Forced to read in 6th grade, didnt really get it!
With a restraint that barely conceals the ferocity of his characters' passions, one of Japan's great postwar novelists tells a luminous story of desire, regret, and the almost sensual nostalgia that binds the living to the dead.
When Kikuji is invited to a tea ceremony by a mistress of his dead father, he does not expect to become involved with her rival and successor, Mrs. Ota. Nor does he anticipate the depth of suffering that will arise from their liaison. But in the tea ceremony every gesture has a meaning. And in Thousand Cranes, even the most fleeting touch or casual utterance has the power to illuminate entire livessometimes in the same moment that it destroys them.
I just didn't get it. I know this book is a classic, but I was bored reading it. There was some beautiful imagery, but the storyline was boring, and the book ended ubruptly.