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Then again, it’s beautifully written and I’ll never forget it. Aceasta poveste de viata merita sa fie citita.

I am not sure why they were randomly selling books there, but in any case, I said I would like to read it.

Japanese Women Writers: Fumiko Enchi ‘The Waiting Years’ – findingtimetowrite

It’s not in anyway a soap opera and I loved it for that reason. Was the idea of sending Tomo waitig 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? Yes, I was wondering the same thing as Litlove about when this was written ehchi how representative it is of Japanese life now.

A small scale happiness and a modest harmony: I love the The Waiting Years for its subtly creepy, haunting feel and its simple writing style.

The Waiting Years

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.


I am not rating this book, or really reviewing it, because I was not able to fully appreciate it, but also don’t think that was the author’s fault. Tomo must bear each of these insults in silence as well as stamp out any desire for self-assertion or self-fulfillment.

A sweet girl, Tomo takes Suga under her wing, yet internally she harbors jealousies that last for the rest of her life. Yukitomo proves to be an exceedingly cruel and tyrannical husband even for such times. His son being pea brained, Shirikawa is able to satisfy this conquest as well, and Tomo works swiftly to move the new couple and their growing family out of the house.

Then there’s the whole brother-sister love. 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. A good story with a lot of local color and Japanese cultural customs of the time. It amazes me, how people take these for granted with one hand while shunning the form of pedophilia with the other. A good introduction to the confucious household structure and thought process differences between men and women.

Written in — a mere 12 years after the devastation of Tokyo – Fumiko Enchi takes you back to the Meiji era. In denying her emotions, she essentially denies herself honest relationships with everyone around her.

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

An Alternative to Bureaucrat 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. Books by Fumiko Enchi.


Wife and concumine unde one roof, they both suffers very much. 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.

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

With heart-wrenching prose, we experience their loneliness and struggles through their long waiting years. Notify me of new posts via email. But this is not all: I acquired this book four years ago when my mother found it in a stall in the biggest park of Bucharest, Cismigiu.

There’s no murder or sudden betrayals. The Best Jazz of In a patriarchal society where divorce was non-existent, rebellion a blasphemous act and women the eternal submissive species, the happiness of a woman truly lay in the legitimacy of a voice that struggled to climb the rocky hill of individuality. Maybe like Tomo, she’s thinking, she must not let this thing that threatened to engulf her whole existence become a threat to her daughter as well.

Poor Suga, horrified but still obedient, must later sleep with her master.