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She dies taking leave of her husband with the following words: Yet illness and death are all that await Tomo. In a way, the text almost fetishizes Suga. 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. However, when Tne decides to marry another man, Suga is left alone not only missing her close friend but also having to watch while another mistress is added to the lot, this time a young, flirtatious girl named Miya.

From a respectable family, if possible… but she must be yeas. All works well for a while, so well that, without fumioo consulting with her or even telling his wife she learns through gossip he adopts her as a formal daughter.

Do share your thoughts! However, I think a reader would need a bit of a background of this jears to recognize that. A novel bringing outdated practices and human emotions to light, I rate The Waiting Years 4.

The fumikko word that comes to mind when I think of this book is “sexy” cause, really, this book has a lot going for it with all the appealing descriptions of youth and lust and absolute power. To avoid Michimasa revenge, Tomo even asks Suga and Yumi to satisfy her husband so that he does not go to Miya. Just goes to show how much of the male gaze I’ve yet to burn.

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Marrying as part of an understanding between parents was the norm, whether your marriage would be successful or not was a matter of luck.

Tomo selects fifteen year old Suga, who comes from a struggling family who can no longer afford to feed her. Sometimes the story becomes so densely packed with characters you want an intergenerational family tree to help you keep track. Fumiko EnchiThe Waiting Years. A wonderful book presenting an intricate glimpse into tradition and the pain of sacrifice in the name of culture.


Change Can’t Come Fast Enough Within ‘The Waiting Years’

Deserving of this honor, The Waiting Years is indeed an Encyi classic that should not be overlooked. Itagaki Taisuke is a historical figure as well. All these people with so much in common, but they dislike each other and refuse to connect. View all 22 comments. First Wave of Feminism in Politics and Literature.

There are speculations that her domestic life was not entirely happy certainly in her novels there are funiko lot of oppressed, unhappy or revengeful women.

Because of its style, I did not experience the full emotional power implicit in the story, and I did crave for a more inner-focused perspective and better-rounded characters. American Studies – Culture and Applied Geography. Free Publication of your term paper, essay, interpretation, bachelor’s thesis, master’s thesis, dissertation or textbook – upload now! It’s as if the molding of the young and susceptible into creatures of receptive, docile, idealistic flexibility can only be denigrated under certain names, certain crimes, certain temperaments.

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It may not be for everyone–it’s definitely quieter than what many may be used to, and a basic awareness of Japanese culture and history does help in understanding the characters’ motivations.

To afford a mansion, two acres of land and numerous snchi, he takes private taxes from the red light district Yoshiwara. To the people around her, Tomo’s thoughts are ineffectual, her words almost nonexistent, but her strength reigns as mistress of a house that shelters three of her husband’s lovers, one of them her own daughter-in-law. Enchi captures the moment of historic change.

First published in pieces in journals, it came out in a book form in The novel starts out slow but progres The Waiting Years by Fumiko Enchi brings an in-depth te at the lives of four women in a male-dominated Japanese society.

Or slipping some explanatory passages wating the translation. It shows how authoritarian personalities can deny and ignore the feelings and contributions of those around them to get what they want.

Synopsis This masterpiece by prominent post? 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. The Waiting Years does stay in line with this tone, but it adds a complexity of emotions in addition to serenity.


Yulitomo wields full power in this household, and Tomo has no recourse but to keep her head down and comply. She’s probably the second most hated character in the book, after Yukitomo. 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. She started writing plays in the s and turned to novels soon afterwards, continuing to write varied and ambitious works until her death.

Enchi is too sophisticated a writer to turn Yukitomo into a monster; indeed, he fumiok often a sympathetic character, even though he remains one of the least well-defined ones in the book.

This is a sample of the type of decisions she must make for the next years. It’s incredibly powerful, and so waitng that I shed some tears. What would it take for men to finally not perceive women as a weaker sex? The concept is universal. Married at 14 and a mother by the age of 15, Tomo is the head of the household whilst her civil servant husband rises through government ranks.

And what of the psychological threat to the son? Everything about it is intense — structure, theme, intertextuality, social criticism. With the many number of great male Japanese writers, one could easily despair with regards to the rarity of female perspectives, but fortunately, Enchi has written a good novel — good enough to add to the canon of Japanese literature.

Yukitomo proves to wauting an exceedingly cruel and tyrannical husband even for such times. The novel reveals how the family system of Meiji Japan leads to an exploitation of the women and treats various problems which the protagonist Tomo Shirakawa faces.