BOOK REVIEWS As I Crossed A Bridge of Dreams. Translated with an introduction by Ivan Morris. Lon- don : Penguin Books, 1989, xx, 153 pp. Paper $ 5.95. As I Crossed the Bridge of Dreams first appeared in 1971 in both a cloth (Dial Press) and a paper (Grove) edition. Following upon the heels of Ivan Morris' translation of another Heian (794-1185) text, The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon ([New York: Columbia University Press, 1967], 2 vols.), it was welcomed to the ranks of the growing number of translations of classical Japanese literature. Its resurfacing in 1989 (after being out of print for years) is a boon to both general reader and specialist alike. A master prose stylist, Morris brought to English-speaking audiences a translation that, according to Edward Cranston ("A Bridge of Dreams", Monumenta Nipponica, 28:4 [Winter 1972]), constitutes "an exemplary piece of writing and translating" (p. 483). However, as Cranton has also pointed out, Morris is less successful with the numerous poems in the diary. (Morris suggests that, since the ambiguity of classical Japanese poetry "resist" translation, the best solution is to avoid translating them whenever possible [p. 18-19]). Thus Morris provides adequate but uninspired translations
Journal of Asian and African Studies (in 2002 continued as African and Asian Studies) – Brill
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