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. Dec 5, A tale of unanswered prayers, Fumiko Enchi’s “The Waiting Years” is an elegy on the subservience that once haunted Japanese womanhood. TWITTER –> the-waiting-years-by-fumiko-enchihtml&amp.

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The setting is Japan in the early part of the 20th century. View all 32 comments. The 80 Best Books of 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.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It’s a fascinating book, perhaps not a great one, but certainly worth checking out, especially for those interested in Japanese history and culture and in pre-feminist and non-Western approaches to examining the lives of women.

You really won me with this review. Esta no es una historia llena de sobresaltos o de amores apasionados y, sin embargo, mantiene en un hilo todo el tiempo.

In a series of colorful, unforgettable scenes, Enchi brilliantly handles the human interplay within the ill-fated Shirakawa family.

As in Jane Austen’s work, the misery of the poor is invisible, and the tragedy of the middle classes appears only when useful to, briefly, lend the narrator an air of benevolence–e. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Twitter Facebook Flattr Email Google.


Rnchi a system that allowed well-heeled men like Yukitomo to take a legal wife while having a series of surrogate wives on the side in a polygamous manner, though not openly so.

The Waiting Years

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. I think as a disclaimer to this book, I should say it’s not an exciting or plot driven novel. Rather depresive and very sad, but strong and very beautiful. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The density and precision of visual description in the novel creates, I feel, a certain detachment, as if the whole action were staged and observed from outside.

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Sweet dreams are made of this Who am I to disagree? She stands next to him, a shadowed beauty, as of cherry blossoms on a cloudy day, even after he’s punched and dragged her through an elevator on national TV. There were a couple of chapters in At times, out of the blue, from these poignant pages an emotion would escape, resting on my ink-stained fingers, quivering, as it relayed heart-wrenching episodes enfhi cultural repression of women.

Mar 11, Ray rated it liked it Shelves: The sad end of the book tells you. And what of the psychological threat to the son? Next to this kind of man, you’ll sometimes find the woman of the quiet strength.

Shirikawa realizes these changes are at hand and retires from political life to a large estate on the outskirts of Tokyo. A close examination of the unjustness A dissection of a marriage once filled with love slowly spiraling to loathing. Lei ben conosce questo sentiero che percorre ormai da tempo e che ha imparato ad accettare con la dovuta remissione.


Enchi also brings to light the fact that men brought concubines into service before they came of age, damaging their bodies, making it impossible for them to have wiating. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

He falls in lifetime love with Miya and remains in it till her death but he still sleeps with Suga, toowhile alone Tomo terrible fears that her son finds it The monolithic patriarch around which everything revolves in this book’s claustrophobic world is Yukitomo Shirakawa, a wealthy high government official with a sense of manly entitlement borne of his samurai heritage.

The Best World Music of I read this together with the Japanese Literature book group.

But she is not too obedient and she saves herself later because it – she is married by her master to his neffe, poor young noble, and she has her own happy family. Yfars if, it was Tomo who was adulterous and humiliated Yukitomo? A Tale of False Fortunes. View all 22 comments. Just a couple of dozens pages in, I was already surprised how quickly the plot was laid out.

His political career may have ended but not his lust for tbe.

As the twentieth century moves past the First World War, the Japanese government begins to change. What I think got in the way:

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