Night on the Galactic Railroad Other Stories from Ihatov Kenji Miyazawa is one of Japan s most beloved writers and poets known particularly for his sensitive and symbolist children s fiction This volume collects stories which focus on Miyazawa s

  • Title: Night on the Galactic Railroad & Other Stories from Ihatov
  • Author: Kenji Miyazawa Julianne Neville
  • ISBN: 9781935548355
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Paperback
  • Kenji Miyazawa 1896 1933 is one of Japan s most beloved writers and poets, known particularly for his sensitive and symbolist children s fiction This volume collects stories which focus on Miyazawa s love of space and his use of the galaxy as a metaphor for the concepts of purity, self sacrifice and faith which were near and dear to his heart The Nighthawk Star folloKenji Miyazawa 1896 1933 is one of Japan s most beloved writers and poets, known particularly for his sensitive and symbolist children s fiction This volume collects stories which focus on Miyazawa s love of space and his use of the galaxy as a metaphor for the concepts of purity, self sacrifice and faith which were near and dear to his heart The Nighthawk Star follows an lowly bird as he struggles to transform himself into something greater, a constellation in the night sky Signal Signal less depicts a pair of star crossed train signals who dream of eloping to the moon and Night on the Galactic Railroad, Miyazawa s most famous work, tells the story of two boys as they journey upon a train that traverses the cosmos, learning the true meaning of friendship, happiness and life itself along the way.

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    1. قبل سنة تقريباً رأيت الفلم الكرتوني المقتبس من القصة القصيرة ( ليلة في القطار الكوني ) واتذكر بوضوح انبهاري الشديد والشعور الغريب الذي تملكني خلالها، حتى اقترح الصديق الذي عرفني على الفلم ان اقرأ القصة واطلع بشكل أكثر على القصة بغير منظورها الملون، ومنها أتعرف على كاتب يابا [...]

    2. 3.5/5 overall. Clearly this translation wasn't as expressive or beautiful as I imagine the original to be (in fact, it was pretty awkward sometimes), but it was satisfying anyway. The ending of Night on the Galactic Railroad was brilliant. Nighthawk Star (3/5), Signal and Signal-less (3.5/5), Night on the Galactic Railroad (4.5/5)

    3. I have to agree with many other reviewers: this is probably gorgeous in Japanese, but misses the mark in translation.So Miyazawa goes onto my list of authors to read in Japanese.Besides that: train signals in love. so what exactly was Miyazawa on when he wrote this?

    4. Curiosity level: Fizzled within the first few stories, though it retains a faint childlike sweetness overall•"That is an impossible request. Becoming a star requires a certain grace a sense of bearing an Essence of character that you decidedly lack coming from money doesn't hurt, either." - p.20 (The Nighthawk Star)•This little book is a collection of poems and stories; the main one being the Night on the Galactic Railroad. Firstly, I felt it was:1. Too much: too many frivolous details about [...]

    5. A strange, numinous, surreal book -- especially the title story, a sort of fragmented cross between Hans Christian Anderson, the children's fiction of H.D and a mystical religious experience. I'm still not entirely sure what it is that I just read, but I know that it's brilliant.

    6. While I chose to read it for the eponymous title story, I actually enjoyed “The Nighthawk Star” much more. An excellent piece of classic Japanese literature. I wish I had read it when I was younger.

    7. I was tempted to rate this a one, but I think the real problem is the translation. If it were not for that, I might have enjoyed these stories.

    8. Have you ever wanted to read a romance between two train signals? Well, here is your chance. This tragic romance is one of three of Kenji Miyazawa’s stories presented in Night on the Galactic Railroad and Other Stories from Ihatov. Even though the stories did have a beautiful feel to them as they connected life to space and the unknown, I cannot get over the fact that we were supposed to ship two train signals. This time, I will review the stories in order, with The Nighthawk Star, Signal and [...]

    9. It's got a bunch of fairytale like stories at the beginning. One involving anthropomorphic railroad signals in love.The main story however is about Giovanni and his trip on the Galactic Railroad with Campanella.Most of the story is fever dream, dream logic style stories involving flat cranes and other things like that. In the end Giovanni gives no shits about Campanella.I really don't get why thisi s a classic other than people don't really understand that it's mostly nonsense?

    10. "Other Stories from Ihatov" are the following:"The Star-Circling Song", a poem that serves as the invocation for the book. Introduces the red-eyed scorpion constellation that becomes a recurring figure in all four pieces."The Nighthawk Star", a tale about a bird who lacks in self-esteem and tries to transcend his awful circumstances."Signal and Signal-less", a romantic drama between two railroad signals.Miyazawa's child-like sense of wonder at everything from stars to bugs to railroad signals is [...]

    11. And here we have something which is probably very beautiful and lyrical in its original language, only to suffer from (what I assume to be) a basic and literal translation. These simply don't read easily, and while I can appreciate the imagery Miyazawa has provided, a somewhat more sympathetic translation is probably necessary to convey the full symbolism and artistry that Japanese readers have enjoyed for a century. Most of my previous knowledge of Miyazawa comes from the disconcerting anime ad [...]

    12. Night on the Galactic Railroad is a classic Japanese story. It's about a boy, Giovanni, who works hard to take care for his ill mother. They wait for his father to return. Giovanni isn't particularly popular with his classmates, except for his best friend Campanella. One night, Giovanni gets picked up by a train that sets off to the stars. Aboard he meets Campanella, and a surreal and allegorical trip follows.It's beautifully written and filled with memorable scenes, such as the "bird catcher", [...]

    13. Maybe the problem was with the translation. I also found the Italian names disorienting and confusing - not that that can be a reflection Miyazawa's writing though. From my vague memories of reading this book I can say that an extraordinary number of characters were described as "standing tall" among the others. So and so "stood tall" among his classmates (who were insensitive and bratty). Someone's father "stood tall" among the group of people looking for the body of his drowned son. If Miyazaw [...]

    14. Rather a glimpse of Miyazawa's interests than a cohesive and fleshed-out argument of a collection, the highlight story is the titular Night on the Galactic Railroad. The other stories, while interesting in their own right, never quite reach the same level of transcendence nor the heartfelt importance - something which may also have come about due to the rather limpid writing, which may either be a result of translation-gone-awry in the search for comprehension, or Miyazawa's own ideas overwhelmi [...]

    15. I bought this book, after reading Miyazawa san's "strong in the rain" poem. Whilst I love the poem, not so keen on his short stories. I thought the kid at the centre of the Galatic Railroad was a real whiney shit and the other characters to be shits in their own way. I mean the one scene where a kid was speaking to his friend and the main guy gets jealous and starts to cry / whine at his non-inclusion. I mean come on mate, clearly you have no friends because your a clingy fuck.I guess I didnt en [...]

    16. Very interesting and very strange. "Night on the Galactic Railroad" reads, to me, very much like medieval allegories, and all three of the stories seem to me a little similar to reading T.H. White. Especially with "Night", it always seems that there is something else going on that is deep beneath the literal level of the text, though sometimes the literal level is left behind all-together.

    17. Wish I'd checked out reviews for this one before picking it up. Lovely as the story may be, it felt like it was always in conflict with a merely adequate translation that insists on function over form.

    18. Seriously amazing. Loaded with symbolism but enjoyable as just a simple story, this is one book I'll never forget.

    19. No doubt this is better in the Japanese original than in English translation (I hope so, anyway). The ending of the title story, Miyazawa's most famous work, is downright chilling.

    20. A book the enjoyment of which is forever accompanied with the suspicion that much is being lost in translation.

    21. I don't feel like the end for Night on the Galactic Railroad was strong enough, but the story's message was touching.

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