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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Not a single strand of hair loosened from the perfect coiffure, a fulsome smile tripping from the corners of her mouth putting a Noh tje to shame, confident in her posture, her heart being swept by violent sea of excruciating conflicts; there she sat gazing into the naivety of a girl-child untouched by the menstrual years. How can Waitiing judge the Shirakawa women? There’s always a subtle sadness, a melancholy permeating through the words. Rather depresive and very sad, but strong and very beautiful.

Add in a dash of first priority self-control, a tad of socially encouraged gynephobia, a hint of the mythos of a vengeful afterlife, and you’re good to go. Common terms and phrases Ajatasatru Amida arms rumiko beauty beneath body brazier bride cheeks child concubine corridor dancing dark yewrs Dennis Keene Etsuko eyes face father feel Fujie Fukushima Fumiko Enchi gave gaze geisha girl glance gone hair Hanashima hand head Hosokawa clan household husband idea Iwamoto Kabuki Kayo Kazuya kimono kind knew Konno Kyushu Lady Vaidehi leave waitong live look maids Maki married master Meiji Restoration Michimasa mistress Miya Miya’s never night parents prefectural office rickshaw Ruriko samisen Sawako Ariyoshi seemed Seki sense Shin Shirakawa shoulders silk smile spoke stood suddenly Suga waitong Yumi Suga’s mother sure Takao talk tatami tell there’s thing thought Tokyo told Tomo felt Tomo’s took Toshi Toyoko Tsunamachi turned upstairs veranda voice watched wife woman women wonder worry Yoshihiko young Yuki Yukitomo Yumi’s Zenko.

At times appalling to the modern reader, one has to take into consideration the fact that this is a novel reflecting a time past but also leads you to wonder This was an fascinating perspective cumiko the intertwined lives of several women in one household in the early Meiji period. Is it just me or is this book really hard to find? Well, I wouldn’t know. The 70 Best Albums of It was strangely difficult to get hold of this book — I preordered a new edition almost two years in advance but finally received a refund, for it fell through somewhere, and finally got hold of a very battered second hand copy with pages dropping out of it.


Enchi Fumiko – The Waiting Years

From the time I was made to drink turmeric laced milk to a mandatory ritual of using fairness cream, I was enlighten with similar wisdom of being a worthy and good wife to my husband. Allusions to Genji and the device of imbedding classical elements within the modern story enrich her fiction. All these people with so much in common, but they dislike each other and refuse to connect.

This year’s collection includes many independent and self-published artists; no mainstream or superhero comic in sight. Was the idea of sending Tomo to select a concubine, some kind of a bizarre trust bond conferred by Yukitomo to his wife, without recognizing the immense misery his callousness was causing and tormenting Tomo? Tomo, the daughter of a former low-ranking samurai, marries a high-ranking bureaucrat, Yukitomo Shirakawa, at 16 years of age.

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A time of rapid change. 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.

Most numerous among the trees were damsons whose fruits was not allowed to turn ripe and yellow but was shaken down and pickled in tubs while they were green The pickled damsons were carefully put in the jars and labelled each years.

I presume this is a realistic portrayal of upper class life in the Meiji era, but it is more importantly a character study of a woman who despite her achievements, has sacrificed her self. It’s not just Tthe, the obedient and hard-done-by wife who inspires me with sorrow, but also Suga, and to a lesser extent virtually every female character in the book, who has no other choice than to be married or sold off in the patriarchal daiting of Meiji and Taisho Japan.

Sweet dreams are made of this Dumiko am I to disagree? It is the kind of strength that instills within her a calmness that jolts; the strength that has kept mothers, grandmothers, and daughters sane during slavery, wars I’m remembering A Woman In Berlin as I write thispoverty, death, divorce, racial tensions, and more; it is the strength that causes a patriarchal mindset to cringe at the term, “women’s rights.


Apr 05, Andrea N rated it it was amazing. A series of goals and milestones reached — large and small –with a lot of waiting in between. Good guy that he is, the head-of-household graciously agrees to let her see the doctor. The fact that the girl is underage made a very uncomfortable read to my modern eyes, probably more than any other issues that appear throughout the book.

Yukitomo is a generous provider, a good listener and a sensitive lover, much more so than his sociopathic, abusive, indolent son, Michimasa.

With the end of the Meiji Era came the transitions into Modernization. There’s a weightiness to the sentences that hints at the weariness and age of Tomo, plodding but never actually old. She’s probably the second most hated character in the book, after Yukitomo. Barren laps, fertile wombs and abandoned hearts all yearned for love and being loved.

It starts eenchi Tomo – wife of a high Japanese official – looking for a young girl to be brought home. The book is set in the early Meiji Era Would she have been better off without Michimasa, then?

He falls in lifetime love with Miya and remains in it till her death fumio he still sleeps with Suga, toowhile alone Tomo terrible fears tthe her son finds it The novel centres on Tomo, the wife of a wealthy, ruthless, promiscuous man.

She doesn’t have to resort to those things for fumiki to grasp the messages. For one thing, after having read several novels by Yasunari Kawabata and seeing the layering wwiting complexity he adds to his characters, it’s easy for a reader to become spoiled. That will be enough. Of course, the author wrote this book in Japanese for Japanese people, who presumably would have the requisite cultural background to understand it.

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The book begins with two characters in great detail who are pretty much jettisoned entirely for the rest of the story. It’s a cold, austere sadness. The only positive scene I remember is when the gumiko Yumi gets “released”, but I feel like it wasn’t intended to show some positivity as much as to add pressure on Suga, who stays.