Author: Kawabata Yasunari
Publication Date: 2011 (1948)
Genre: Modern Classic
Source: Xmas Gift
Shimamura is tired of the bustling city. He takes the train through the snow to the mountains of the west coast of Japan to meet with a geisha he believes he loves. Beautiful and innocent, Komako is tightly bound by the rules of a rural geisha and lives a life of servitude and seclusion that is alien to Shimamura – their love offers no freedom to either of them.
Snow Country is a novella that grew on me slowly. I wasn't immediately caught up in the story and characters as I have been with other Kawabata works, but the prose was as lyrically beautiful as always, and by the midway point I began to feel more engaged, although I was never completely sucked in. The book had some lovely moments, so existing Kawabata fans will find something to enjoy here; however, if you are new to his writing, I would recommend starting with one of his other books. It gets 4 stars from me.