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Sunday, February 15, 2004
the master of go - yasunari kawabata 
the master of go - yasunari kawabata.

excellent. simply good. i have no idea of how 'go' is played, and frankly, i still have no idea, although by now i have an inkling.

the master of go is about a 'go' match between the Master, and a challenger. The Master, nearing his death, is challenged by a 7th rank (similar to "dan" in japanese martial arts ranking) player, about half his age. the book captures behind-the-scenes action of a real competition back in the 1938, although the names has been changed, for obscure reasons.

the challenger is the new generation of players, while the Master are said to be the last surviving relic of true masters, quoting the book, revered in the tradition of 'Go' as a way of life and art. the book is filled with action, with the tension, with what goes on in the match, simply fabulous. it dwells into how the spirit of 'go' used to be, deep into the japanese culture and spiritualism, depicting 'go' as not just a game, but a lifestyle.

i for one, enjoys thrillers more, and this is one for the first "literature" book that i picked up, of course, with skepticism. i'm afraid i would be bored, but boy, was i wrong.

Reviewed by Ryuu

graceshu  # 6:16 PM
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