Speaking Japanese-The Seventh Night 1


The Seventh Night

Alienation. Despair. Suicide.

The narrator is on board a huge cruise ship which is pressing on to some unknown destination. The company of his fellow passengers is repugnant to him: whether they are singing arias in the saloon, or speculating on the existence of God, he finds them tedious and life meaningless. Having resolved to die, he finally musters the courage to fling himself overboard. The ship slides past him as he falls toward the dark sea. Just when it is too late, he is filled with infinite regret at what he has done.

The audio (06:26) is read by Ken Yoshizawa.

Speaking Japanese-The Seventh Night 1

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