The Tale of Genji - Murasaki Shikibu, Edward G. Seidensticker So far, I am only three hundred pages from the end, and I still have to take breaks just because it's so dry. I mean, I want to find out what happens, but could Shikibu have made it just a touch more interesting? Also, this book could honestly have ended once Genji died. Seriously, why did it go on after the main character croaked? He was the only interesting character in the book, therefore, the book should end when his life does.