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Room for Yet Another Book List? How can I judge the Shirakawa women? The authors’ whose works we share with you in PopMatters’ 80 Best Books of — from a couple of notable reissues to a number of excellent debuts — poignantly capture how the political is deeply personal, and the personal is undeniably, and beautifully, universal.

Because, at the end of it all a brighter world surely lay waiting, like the light when one finally emerges from a tunnel. Unlike some other cultures, there was not an official concubine role in this society, as the man does not marry the girl. Are then the rights of suffrage, education, equal pay, enough for equality of women, at least in the patriarchal society? Tomo continues to run the home, concubines included, and does not speak ill will of her husband.

When he feels a snake slithering on him at night, he starts screaming. No one character or set of characters can truly said to be its protagonist s. See 1 question about The Waiting Years…. The setting is Japan in the early part of the 20th century.

Japanese Women Writers: Fumiko Enchi ‘The Waiting Years’

Dec 18, Jim Fonseca wakting it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. What if, it was Tomo who had the liberty to discard Yukitomo like worn-out slippers?


Men were not educated to treat everybody with respect mostly it would be other menmuch less their wives, waitign to a certain degree, but to be honest, in most of “The Waiting Years”s women’s case, I could only see how yeasr freedom was taken away from them, and how they, at the same time, educated their own children to be the same, thus closing themselves in an infinite vicious circle.

The two become close friends over a ten-year period and even wonder if they were sisters in a previous life. To ask other readers questions about The Waiting Yearsplease sign up.

Tomo comes from a low ranking samurai family of the country district Kumamoto in Kyushu Tomo tries to conceal the affair: View all 22 comments. Mar 11, Ray rated it liked it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

A lot of the novel’s tension comes from the juxtaposition of surface “normalcy” in large part through straightforward syntax and descriptions that sometimes border more on telling than showing and the waitinb, sinister, lurking sense of impending doom that lies beneath. Thanks for telling me about the story and not spoiling it for the reader at the same time. It nonetheless has many characters and they are all well-developed and changing as time goes by.

She is also known for her modern Japanese translation of the 11th-century classic The Tale of Genji. This site uses cookies. The web that his insatiable lust spun about him soon trapped another young woman, and another Yet, when it comes to my role of a reviewer, I shiver in apprehensions.

Cartea ne prezinta si relatia dintre Tomo si copii ei Etsuko, care tanjeste dupa afectiunea mamei sau a tatalui, ignorata de ambii si Michimasa — un badaran crescut la tara de emchi bunici si cu comportament violent. He’s not an evil or a bad person, just typically reserved.


Enchi Fumiko – The Waiting Years

She learns to hold in her emotions as she watches her husband take on a second concubine and a mistress who happens to be his daughter-in-law. While a man of prominence could take on concubines with no stain on his character, a woman had to remain legally married to him and live under the same roof as the said concubines.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. She learns to hold in her emotions as she watches her husband take on a second concubine and a mist Tomo is a wife yeard a philanderer who has great power in the beginning of the novel.

But yearz does make for a fairly stale story when everyone accepts its fate from the onset.

The Waiting Years by Fumiko Enchi

During the reading, I coincidentally found a beautiful second hand copy of Masks – another popular book by Enchi, which I look fumioo to thr sometime.

She has scribed a sprawling saga filled with taboo sexual escapades that never panders to the prurient, yet is strong on subdued eroticism and disturbing implications. For what purpose, it was clear to the reader: The Chinese characters of the name aim obviously at a similarity of them.

A good introduction to the confucious household structure and thought process differences between men and women.

A lot of the novel’s tension comes from the juxtaposition of surface “normal This is a beautiful, haunting novel that addresses the problems of patriarchy in traditional Japanese society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.