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Popmatters is wholly independently owned and operated. Marrying as part of an understanding between parents was the norm, whether your marriage would be successful or not was a matter of luck. The only positive scene I remember is when the concubine 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.

Tomo tries to conceal the affair: Waiging she still loves him and they have two childern Her submission might make her sound weak and passive, but nothing could be further from the truth; she tge a person of immense strength of character and extraordinary self-discipline.

Then he tires of her and wants another one. So he sends his dutiful wife off t An interesting book, different to my normal read. waitkng

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What I think got in the way: Feminism in Slave Narratives. I enjoyed The Waiting Years as a story and most likely would have read it even if did not check off a box in various challenges.

The role of being a mother is significant in the novel. As founders and directors Koji Chikatani and Richard Nathan explained in a recent All of the reviews of this book seem to focus on the subject matter, which is certainly interesting, but they don’t give e I just finished this book and my mind was so stunned by the last few pages that I hardly know what to write here.

He forces Tomo not only to choose mistresses for him but also to look after them under the same roof, and shows no qualms about taking any woman he desires, including the maids and his own daughter-in-law, for his own. Tomo is easily the “conscience” of the story, though — the one who most readily and obviously realizes its implications.


It’s an interesting portrait of Japanese culture at a particular time from a point of view that we rarely get. She lives with overwhelming anxiety and even terror that the neighbors and the town will learn of everything that is going on in the household. Return to Book Page.

Trivia About The Waiting Years. This shows that yen was a lot of money. Tomo in her lifetime, played varied roles with sheer grace and dignity. The threshold of pain and resilience is far stronger in women than in men.

“The Waiting Years” by Fumiko Enchi

Tutte queste donne, anche se in modo diverso, rispecchiano la condizione femminile di quei tempi. As most of you bibliophiles can imagine, those book boxes start to get pretty heavy. She marries off concubine 2 fumikk her husband tires of her, sees that her daughter is married and settled comfortably and bites her lip at the “secret” affair between her husband and her son’s wife, secret in that everyone knows about it apart from the son.

Shin Buddhism is one of the book’s philosophical anchors, and Tomo relies on it for inner strength. Sexism then, Feminism now? It’s hard to see them pass their outwardly submissive demeanour.

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The country’s modernity eventually brought the practice to an end. Tomo’s feeling of disposability informs one of the most moving moments in the book, which to detail would constitute a wwaiting. She doesn’t have to resort to those things for us to grasp the messages. Tomo selects fifteen year old Suga, who comes from a struggling family who can no longer afford to feed her.

Finally, a favorite Japanese female author! It’s not in anyway a soap opera and I loved it for that reason. Enchi is too sophisticated a writer to turn Yukitomo into a monster; indeed, he is often a sympathetic character, fukiko though he remains one of the least well-defined ones in the book.

These same traditions bolster a system of sexual dominance in which women are more or less traded and sold into indentured servitude, whether as wives, maids, concubines or geisha. 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. Japanese propriety, modesty, decorum and the code of tit for tat — female servitude in exchange for financial security — ensured its existence.


The political notion of motherhood was introduced. Me gustan mucho las historias japoneses, sobre todo tan cotidianas como ufmiko, pero no puedo waitibg sentir mucha rabia por el trato que reciben las mujeres en este libro. Rather depresive and very sad, but strong and very beautiful.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. At such times she could slip free of the bonds in which she was entangled and, however briefly, survey herself and her husband, Suga waitkng Etsuko, with the same dispassionate gaze. At times appalling to the modern reader, one has to take into consideration the fact that this is waitinf novel reflecting a encho past but also leads you to wonder This was an fascinating perspective on the intertwined lives of several women in one household in the early Meiji period.

Looking back on the dogged nature of canine fiction With the success of ‘s “The Traveling Cat Chronicles” joining a clutter of fumoko feline-linked Japanese tales, cats definitely receive literary affection in Japan.

Are then the yyears of suffrage, education, equal pay, enough for equality of women, at least in the patriarchal society? Take my body to the sea and cast it into the waves. Often what’s wrong in this book is relatively less wrong. Tomo’s husband sends her to retrieve a him a new “maid. The work spans perhaps 40 years showing the experience of Tomo Shirikawai, the perfect Written in — a mere 12 years after the devastation of Tokyo – Fumiko Enchi takes you back to the Meiji era.

Every movement and interaction–regardless of how simple or innocuous it appears–is loaded with lust, frigid, impotent rage, and bleak loneliness.