Tonight on GeekNights, we bring you the GeekNights Book Club:
The Tale of Genji part 1. We have a lot to say, so we're splitting this one in two. This first episode covers our reactions to the work as fiction. We'll save some of the meta conversation for a followup episode to come. You can use this handy chart to follow along.
For those interested, the next book club book will be N. K. Jemisin's
The City We Became.
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I met a podcaster from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless episodes
Stand in the desert…
And on the shownotes, these words appear:
My name is Genji, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Announcement thread from 2½ years ago.
What better selection for the book club than the first novel of all time? And of course, we have to read the best possible unabridged translation. No baby mode here at GeekNights
The plot revolves around Genji, who is the son of the Emperor and a low ranking concubine. Genji is removed from the line of succession, and proceeds to go on an epic journey. The journey involves tons of romance and court drama. Spicy!
Despite being older than any other novel, The Tale of Genji has a tr…
Just want to say that the night after recording this episode I finished reading the
next book club book, “The City We Became”. Now I can read whatever the fuck book I want, muahahaha.