Royall Tyler


Japanese Tales (1987)


Japanese Tales (1987)

This is a fantastic book of tales told in the manner folktales were told in the West up until Victorian times--by adults for adults.

They are somewhat scatological (but they've got nothing on television or movies), which reinforces my belief that the American puritanical ideals of sheltering the public from human nature and functions is both foolish and modern.

The names of the Tales are also fantastic: Two Buckets of Marital Bliss, Very Kind of Him No Doubt, A Toad to Reckon With.

Absolutely wonderful titles and stories, if you are at all interested in folktales, this is definitely a book you will want to add to your collection.

Published by Pantheon