IN A GROVE (Yabo no naka) Source for information on In a Grove (Yabo no Naka ) by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Reference Guide to Short Fiction dictionary. Translated by Takashi Kojima. The Testimony of a Woodcutter Questioned by a High Police Commissioner. Yes, sir. Certainly, it was I who found the body. The In a Grove Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, by Ryunosuke Akutagawa.

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The second-to-last account is that of Masago. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This was just 14 pages long on eBook and 6 pages on paperyet it had the ability to make my classmates and I crazy.


The evidence he gives is precise and clear: To ask other readers questions about In a Groveplease sign up. The story is of a murder of a samurai and the violation of his wife. Oct 23, Aneel rated it liked it. In Tajomaru’s account he killed the samurai in a fair fight with the 23rd stroke. Each section simultaneously clarifies and obfuscates what eyunosuke reader knows about the murder, eventually creating a complex and contradictory vision akutagaea events that brings into question humanity’s ability or willingness to perceive and transmit objective truth.

He says akutagawz he met them on the road in the forest, and upon first seeing Masago, decided that he was going to rape her. View all 3 comments. I like this story because the reader has no idea what the truth is and will never know.

In the short story, the story begins with a murder case by notorious brigand called Tajomaru and the story ends with an open closure that reader can infer who kills Takehiko.


Besides, you haven’t cinematographically? All in a short story of about thirty pages. The story ends with the account of the murdered samurai as told through a medium. When she describes killing her husband, she makes his kimono lilac, the color of her clothing, not his. That makes him honorable which is advantageous for him.

Who killed the man is the main question to ask? The second main character, Masago betrays her husband, Takehiko. And then, he grabs her small sword up and stabs it into his breast 6. She akjtagawa the police to find her daughter. The translation also came across as a lot more elegant than some of Akutagawa’s other stories.

After graduating from Tokyo University, Akutagawa earned a reputation as a highly skilled stylist whose stories reinterpreted classical works and historical incidents from a distinctly modern standpoint. Next a traveling Buddhist priest describes the couple he saw on the road the day before—her lilac clothes, his arrows—and he pities the evanescence of human life, as brief as dew or a lightning flash.

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Oct 17, Cristina rated it really liked it Shelves: At one level the motives are clear. In conclusion, the author, Ryunosuke portrays the high self-respecting nature of humanity by having Takehiko to lie and rationalize that he commits an honorable suicide. Inhe entered Tokyo Imperial University, majoring in English literature. When I arrested him, he had fallen off his horse.

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He was wearing a dark blue silk kimono and a large plain sword. I’ve heard that the film that was partly based on this story, Kurosawa’s film “Rashomon”, actually improves on the characterizations, and if so, I don’t want rhunosuke give the story top marks if it could conceivably have been even better.


Great care is taken to make each of these incompatible accounts fit the external evidence and mesh with the other accounts.

Didn’t know this was the story that inspired Kurosawa. The body was lying flat on its back dressed in a bluish silk kimono and a wrinkled head-dress of the Kyoto style. This might explain why I did not gy into what Akutagawa was trying to put across.

Since the film gave me the absurd idea of merging these reviews, it is only fair to say that Kurosawa’s approach differs a bit from Akutagawa’s story, where ambiguity controls every aspect of it. I like the unique and creative premise of ryunosume story. A lonely light lingered on the cedars and mountains Some sort of explanation can be found in the obvious fact that our memory is not completely reliable.

The title of this section is: Views Read Edit View history. The basic plot is a murder and rape occurs, but ryunpsuke one who witnesses it 4 to 5 people can agree on how or what the details of it are. Nov 01, Bilahari rated it it was amazing.

After that, Tajomaru requests to remember that no one has ever fought with him twenty strokes 4.