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The Izu Dancer
Transcript of The Izu Dancer
first Japanese to receive Noble prize in Literature
14 June 1899-16 April 1972
Kawabata's books have been described as "melancholy lyricism"
Kawabata committed suicide at his home in Zushi by gassing himself.
the high school being the equivalent of a modern university, and any student there virtually promised an elite career -- is on a holiday in the hills of Izu when he comes across a group of traveling dancers. The student and the youngest of the dancers, an innocent teenage girl, become mildly attracted to each other, but after a few days of traveling together, their ways must part.
Group of Dancers:
Eikichi- a man of twenty-four or twenty-five.
Chiyoko- wife of Eikichi
Yuriko- mother of Chiyoko
Kaoru- sister of Eikichi and the dancer.
used dashes of melancholy and even bitterness to offset what might have otherwise been overly sweet.
The description of psychology of the student was very clever and beautiful. And Kawabata's sentences are extraordinary.