according to goodreads statistics, みづうみ is read to only a tenth the degree of Kawabata's other works, and perhaps justifiably so. if Kawabata's masterpieces are "works one must read before one dies," it's possible to go through life without ever reading Mizuumi, but why? a classic Kawabata in that every word counts, and the overall effect is just as powerful as any single word-choice. a sea of impressions that is somehow powerfully united, and capable of eliciting the strongest feeling in those of the somewhat darker bent. not for the sunshine lovers of the world.