TWITTER –> the-waiting-years-by-fumiko-enchihtml&amp. The Waiting Years is a novel by Fumiko Enchi, set within the milieu of an upper class Japanese family in the last years of the 19th century. It was first published. This masterpiece by prominent post?World War II female novelist Fumiko Enchi won the Noma Prize for Literature in It is the Meiji era (?

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She even goes out of her way to help the mistresses as they get too old for her husband to care about. Cancel reply Enter your comment here Yukitomo Shirikawa has risen in the political ranks over the course of his career.

As far as I remember, the female characters in books written by Kawabata, Tanizaki, Soseki, Kobo Abe, or Mishima even, are all very distant and aloof, and we never really get into their heads. I loved that we get very close into the heads of the women, offering insights that I never felt I got when I read the other big name Japanese authors – who happen to be mostly male.

A good story with a lot of local color and Japanese cultural customs of the time. Con solo dos novelas se ha convertido en una de mis escritoras orientales preferidas: Every movement and interaction–regardless of how simple or innocuous it appears–is loaded with lust, frigid, impotent rage, and bleak loneliness.

Tomo is a wife of a philanderer who has great power in the beginning of the novel. Written over a period of eight years, this novel covers years of marriage during one of the most dramatic periods of modernisation and Westernisation in Japanese history.

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Tomo is able to react quickly and throws it out in the garden. Though his own politics are not explored deeply, it’s clear that Yukitomo is a traditionalist, a conservative serving a government opposed to liberalizing forces and “radicals” influenced by Western ideology. At such times she could slip free of the bonds in which she was entangled and, however briefly, survey herself and her husband, Suga and Etsuko, with the same dispassionate gaze.

According to the Confucian structure of society, women were supposed to always have a position lower than men. Notify me of new posts via email. Having an affair of her own was unheard of an considered illicit and crude, even if her own needs were unmet by her husband and her feelings hurt beyond repair. A series of goals and milestones reached — large and small –with a lot of waiting in between.

All works well for a while, so well that, without even consulting with her or even telling his wife she learns through gossip he adopts her as a formal daughter. Do they still depict contemporary social structures?

The Waiting Years

Next to this kind of man, you’ll sometimes find the woman of the quiet strength. Tomo accepts this position in this cold and thankless environment. Married to Tomo, an extremely intelligent woman, for fifteen years, Yukitomo asks her to journey to Tokyo to find such an unspoiled girl for his conquests. Shin Buddhism is one of the book’s philosophical anchors, and Tomo relies on it for inner strength. Enchi published several critical novels in the late s criticizing the patriarchal social order.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A sweet girl, Tomo takes Suga under her wing, yet internally she harbors jealousies that last for the rest of her life.

Enchi Fumiko – The Waiting Years – Michelle Bailat-Jones

All of the reviews of this book seem to focus on the subject matter, which fu,iko certainly interesting, but they don’t give enough credit to the incredible writing.


In other words, a concubine. She was introduced to literature by her grandmother, who showed her to the likes of The Tale of Genji, as well as to Edo period gesaku novels and to the kabuki and bunraku theater.

Yukitomo is a generous provider, a good listener and a sensitive lover, much more so than his sociopathic, abusive, indolent son, Michimasa. For example, he does not consult Waitinng about the adoption of Suga. The two concubines remain, however, and after years of marriage, Tomo and Yukitomo remain husband and wife in name only.

These fears are embodied most strongly in the book by Yukitomo’s stalwart wife, Tomo, who stoically endures the corrosive tortures to her psyche that accrue over decades of her husband’s habitual philandering and her own feelings of valuelessness.

Popmatters is wholly independently owned and operated. But it’s almost comical how his simple, wild need to be surrounded by young beautiful women leads to so much thoughts and yet so little actions against it.

Yet nothing in the novel is melodramatic or abrasive; instead, it’s a novel full of quiet surprises and complex, compelling characters. Sometimes the story becomes so densely packed with characters you want an intergenerational family tree to help you keep track.

A lot fumiiko 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. Oct 18, Alex marked it as to-read. The story races over vast spans of time and covers many barely-defined characters and often wajting situations.

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