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Now she is 30 and she has two children, older son, his heir, and beloved little girl.

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

One of the obvious draws for a lot of readers to this book is the promise of taboo relations, and waitkng are plenty of those therein. The Waiting Years raises complicated issues in an unusual way. Likewise, Yukitomo comes across as unsympathetic throughout the tale and it’s not until the very end that we see he actually has emotion in him.

But as time passes Tomo’s feelings change, although she can’t understand how to express it fkmiko it’s too late. The titular legitimacy became a pokerfaced facade and the ranks of illegitimacy crumbled into an inevitable despondency.

Waitimg for telling me about the story and not spoiling it for the reader at the same time. It’s all about the emotion with this one-that poignant, beneath-the-surface emotion.

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But it’s really the hunt for a mistress, which Tomo does obediently and without trouble. Today we have something special for you What would it take for men to finally not perceive women as a weaker sex? Reading Bingo for Mostly findingtimetowrite. If only the voices of women are heard, their heartache listened by encni comforting patriarchy, the lives of the Shirakawa women and the words of Yfars Enchi would not ring true even today with alarming realism, ydars after the novel was written concerning the woes and the vulnerability of women in a patriarchal culture.


For instance, including an Introduction or Historical Note there’s nothing in this volume but the story. It’s all over this book. Hhe what of the psychological threat to the son? So he sends his dutiful wife off t An interesting book, different to my normal read. There are many characters in the book, although Tomo Yukitomo’s wife is the central character, she shares the spotlight with many other characters.

A critical discussion of African Feminism as an exponent of Feminis View all 32 comments. I would give the book 5 stars, except that there were plot threads that seemed to go nowhere.

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The novel took her seven years to complete and won the prestigious Noma Prize in Aug 22, Marina Sofia rated it really liked it.

The Waiting Years contains all the ingredients for a great novel but a few things keep it from achieving it. But it’s almost comical how his simple, wairing need to be surrounded by young beautiful women leads to so much thoughts and yet so little actions against it. The first word that comes to mind when I think of this book is waitinng cause, really, this book has a lot going for it with all the appealing descriptions of youth and lust and absolute power.

Jun 09, Matt Raymond rated it really liked it Shelves: Everything about it is intense — structure, theme, intertextuality, social criticism. It’s incredibly powerful, and so sad that I shed some tears. Of course, the author wrote this book in Japanese for Japanese people, who presumably would have the requisite cultural background to understand it. Books by Fumiko Enchi. But instead of focusing on the utterly disgusting patriarchal system shown in The Waiting Years, I’ll talk about something much, much better: Twitter Facebook Flattr Email Google.



View all 10 comments. Fumiko Enchi’s tale of a dutiful wife sent over the years to find her replacements a beautifully written and heart-wrenching one. Romanul se incheie brusc cu Tomo pe patul de moarte. Unlike some other cultures, there was not an official concubine role in this society, as the man does not marry the girl.

Characters drive the inequalities home as each of their circumstances is explained deftly by Enchi.

Do they still depict contemporary social structures? Under this domestic tyrant, the women in the house have to find a way to accommodate each other, to yeare their feelings, not to let the simmering resentments explode.

As secrets go, this state of affairs was an open secret hidden only to the truly naive.

The one that is famously characterized by the song phrase: No one character or set of characters can truly said to be its protagonist s. At that very instance, I had compassion for Suga and consideration for Yumi.

Japanese Women Writers: Fumiko Enchi ‘The Waiting Years’

The second section deals with the depiction of women. Or slipping some explanatory passages into the translation. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.