review ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ð Natsuo KirinoBe able to find out Originally posted at And so it came to pass that sisters who had been the best of friends were forced to follow separate paths Separate is not uite the right word Our paths were distinctly different as if she were is not uite the right word Our paths were distinctly different as if she were follow the day and I the night or she the inner road and I the outer she to traverse the heavens and I the earth That was the law of the island that was our destiny It feels like a bit of a gamble for Natsuo Kirino best known for her crimemystery novels to have written this retelling of the Japanese creation mythYet it also remains true to her female focused narratives with this being a feminist rebellingApparently when Kirino s books especially Out were first published in Japan many criticized her plots and one radio DJ refused to spea The set up for the main plot is slow at times boring and too repetitive The action once we get to can also be repetitive I kept thinking please give the reader some credit though I m willing to speculate that perhaps some of the fault is with the translation The bland prose doesn t fit such an emotional story and the exposition seems as if it was written for a young audience While I understand what she was trying to get at with the ending it seems forced and I m not sure it makes much sense I was expecting to love this one a lot than I did Unfortunatly it was a little lack luster Now one of the things about reading translated literature is that I can t necessarily pin down my dislike of the prose to the writing or the translation but it ust didn t create any atmosphere for me It is a retelling of a Japanese creation myth that I was only vaguely aware of and I certainly enjoyed learning a little about although I d like to go and read some original Japanese mythology now instead I love myth retellings and I love the Canongate myth retellings in particular I didn t love this book but nor did I hate it It started off strong with a fa Dive into the vastly immersive fictional mythical and fantastical world taken off of an East Asian cultural history coming from the infamous feudal land of the rising sun Japan Whether you are an avid Japanese literature enthusiast or a casually curious reader wanting to know a brief bit of an important piece of Japanese history especially on how the land is believed to be borne as well as how it is intermittently reflected and rooted deep in the nation s social consciousness this book can be a good starting point for you Albeit its several minor changes for an obvious reason namely its clear intention to be a much bleaker retelling of the original classic Japanese creationist folktale which can be found attributed throughout its entirety Kirino successfully managed to not deviate too far from the original with her own signature take on the story On a side note feminists may also find their niche with this novel for its rigorous depiction of a strong female main character deadly set out in her heart wrenching ourney and conviction to rule over mankind using her omnipotent powers and exact revenge on men by taking them into the realm of the dead where she governs everything to her heart s content as a payback for the betrayal which has been imposed on her by a man she loved most endearingly Conclusively out of all the novels she has written I liked this one bes. Caught in an elaborate web of treachery she travels between the land of the living and the Realm of the Dead seeking vengeance and closureAt the heart of this exuisitely dark tale Kirino masterfully reimagines the ancient Japanese creation myth of Izanami and Izanaki A provocative fantastical saga The Goddess Chronicle tells a sumptuous story of sex murder gods and goddesses and bittersweet reveng. ,
It s always difficult to review a translated work because when you come across either brilliance or lack of lustre it s difficult to assess whether that boon or bane is attributable to the author or the translatorSuch is the case with The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino translated by Rebecca Copeland The story is a retelling of an original Japanese creation
STORY I SUSPECT THE ORIGINAL WORK BY KIRINO ISI suspect the original work by Kirino is charged tight story Copeland s translation however lacks passion and certainly this is a story about passion in fact eons of passion as we trace the history of the YinYang gods of Izanami and Izanaki through the mortal lives of Namima and her unscrupulous lover There is much here of sibling rivalry and betrayal of sacred trusts of epic ourneys both temporal and spiritual There is a genesis story a parallel to the Greek Persephone myth There is the struggle of the desperately poor serving religious tenets that serve only to embed their poverty It s all there And not a single phrase of elegance or startling insight to lift the reader from a grey narrative to the chiaroscuro the story demands There is always poison You can be certain of it So long as there is a day there will be night And where there is a yang there is a yin To every front a back No white without black Everything on earth has its opposite its mate Should you wonder why if there were only one there d be no birth In the beginning there were two and those two were attracted to one another and drew together and from there we have meaning Or so it is said What a enjoyable tale I found this to be involving love loss betrayal hatred and revenge with great storytelling ualities memorable characters an epic and mythical read Whilst amidst this tale you may possibly forget everything you know about creation life birth and death and become fully immersed in this ancient tale of life The authors writes well and makes you feel what the This is a really good retelling of the story of Izanagi and Izanami with feel what the This is a really good #Retelling Of The Story Of Izanagi And Izanami With Dual #of the story of Izanagi and Izanami with dual of story where a young woman s life echoes that of the goddess as she finally goes to serve her The translation seems to capture the flavour of the It s an outstanding retelling of the Japanese Creation Myth of Izanami and Izanaki The myth of Izanami and Izanaki is a powerful myth it is related strongly to the most primitive human conditions and emotions birth love betrayal grief the death of a beloved wife and mother the struggle of life and death a man s cowardliness before the fear of death etc I like the story of the twin priestesses on the small island and how the twin s story is later being related to the tale of Izanami originally Mother Goddess of All who eventually became the Goddess of the Underworld I especially like how the Goddess eventually became a true goddess view spoilera true destroyer hide spoiler A human life means nothing to a god and can be taken away at will But for you you re human and that makes you hesitate Gods and humans are different My suffering and yours are differentThen Izanami sama why do you suffer I asked without thinkingBecause I am a female god This book put me under a spell I loved it so much it hurts seriouslyI ordered it for the English language section of our bookstore which is slowly but surely overtaken by English translations of Japa. From internationally bestselling crime writer Natsuo Kirino comes a mythical feminist noir about family secrets broken loyalties and the search from truth in a deceitful worldIn a place like no other on a mystical island in the shape of tear drop two sisters are born into a family of oracles Kamikuu is admired far and wide for her otherworldly beauty; small and headstrong Namima learns to live in. .