Art Gallery Book Club
'The Tale of Murasaki' by Liza Dalby
The Art Gallery Book Club meets every second month at the Gallery to discuss books, enjoy great art, and share a glass of wine and a bite to eat.
Our next book will be The Tale of Murasaki by Liza Dalby. Join us in the study room for a friendly and open discussion about this novel, the riches and pitfalls of cultural exchange, and the capacity of art to change a life.
About the book
The Tale of Murasaki is an elegant and brilliantly authentic historical novel by the author of Geisha and the only Westerner ever to have become a geisha.
In the eleventh century Murasaki Shikibu wrote the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji, the most popular work in the history of Japanese literature. In The Tale of Murasaki, Liza Dalby has created a breathtaking fictionalized narrative of the life of this timeless poet–a lonely girl who becomes such a compelling storyteller that she is invited to regale the empress with her tales. The Tale of Murasaki is the story of an enchanting time and an exotic place. Whether writing about mystical rice fields in the rainy mountains or the politics and intrigue of the royal court, Dalby breathes astonishing life into ancient Japan.
The Tale of Murasaki is available in store and online from the Gallery Shop.