The Wild Goose by Mori Õgai, translated by Meredith McKinney

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December 2014, no. 367
The Wild Goose

The Wild Goose

by Mori Õgai, translated by Meredith McKinney

Finlay Lloyd, $20 pb, 158 pp, 9780987592927

The Wild Goose by Mori Õgai, translated by Meredith McKinney

Reviewed by
December 2014, no. 367

Elegantly evoking Japan with cream paper and ink-painted foliage on the cover and inside pages, this slim paperback from the small Braidwood publisher Finlay Lloyd is headed by the single, bold character for ‘wild goose’ (karikarigane). The events recounted in Mori Õgai’s novella occur in Tokyo in the late nineteenth century, in the area north of Kanda around Ueno’s Shinobazu pond, near the residence of the Iwasaki family and the campus of Tokyo Imperial University. A map shows the regular walks taken by Okada, a medical student, along meticulously named streets and lanes, past temples and shrines, restaurants and bookshops, some of which are still there. According to the seasons, the residents in this small area silently change their screens, blinds, and shutters, able to look out while remaining barely visible.

The Wild Goose

The Wild Goose

by Mori Õgai, translated by Meredith McKinney

Finlay Lloyd, $20 pb, 158 pp, 9780987592927

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