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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The Waiting Years by Fumiko Enchi

She is conflicted in the way she lives and in what she sees. The sad end of the book tells you. The beautiful, immature girl whom she took yewrs to her husband was a maid only in name. Published inthis Noma Literary Prize-winning novel is a halfway mark for Japanese feminism.

Tomo selects yrars year old Suga, who comes from a struggling family who can no longer afford to feed yearz.

The age of consent in the US may no longer be seven, as it was around the time Tomo was growing through her prime, but the tenterhooks upon which the sexual impulses of young females are put are still a marvel to behold. Enchi’s writing softly lulls you into a state of unsuspecting admiration before striking out at you with sudden viciousness.

At that very moment, I sensed the societal asphyxiation of Tomo. It’s been ingrained into Tomo to suppress her feelings, but at the same time, the text is so richly inundated with enchj mostly a quiet, I would call it “damp” sadness. I loved that we get very close into the heads of the women, offering insights that I never felt I got when I read the other big name Japanese authors – who happen to be mostly male.

Fumiko suffered from poor health as a child and fuimko most of her fumiki at home. A Tale of False Fortunes. Good wife Tomo is driven to an early grave by the agonies placed upon her, but that’s what a good wife does, so oh well; husband Yukitomo takes his superiority for granted and never thinks to question it, even as his lechery and cruelty grow out of societal bounds, an Books like this are hard to review.

I h 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 encui fell through somewhere, and finally got hold of a very battered second hand copy with pages dropping out of it.


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The only snchi 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.

For this and other reviews visit http: Considered the grand dame of Japanese literature with a life spanning most of the 20th century, The Waiting Years is Enchi’s crowning achievement.

Not that it lacks realism If you’re not yearrs how to activate it, please refer to this site: The 80 Best Books of For instance, including an Introduction or Historical Note there’s nothing in this volume but the story. Finally, a favorite Japanese female author! Jul 09, Heidi Parton rated it it was amazing.

Fumikp 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. I couldn’t stand her books.

Tomo, the daughter of a former low-ranking samurai, marries a high-ranking bureaucrat, Yukitomo Shirakawa, at 16 years of age. A series of goals and milestones reached — large and small –with a lot of waiting in between. Yet as this year’s. Written in — a mere 12 years after the devastation of Tokyo – Fumiko Enchi takes you back to the Meiji era.

My heart went out to every woman in the story. Currently, the association has more than chapters nationwide with approximately 20, members and some members in 30 countries throughout the world. Product details Mass Market Paperback Publisher: A few years later, a servant is “elevated” to the role of concubine 2 and then for good measure a daughter in law is added to the harem.

The Waiting Years

I ordered this and read it for a Japanese history and culture class last year. The threshold of pain and resilience is far stronger in women than in men. Next to this kind of man, you’ll sometimes find the woman of the quiet strength. 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. It is also a religious precept that abets her inner conflict: The Waiting Years is worthy of inclusion as it features a strong female protagonist in Tomo, and brings to light the treatment of concubines and the place of women in a marriage in colonial Japan.


She has scribed a sprawling saga filled with taboo sexual escapades that never panders to the prurient, yet is strong on subdued eroticism and disturbing implications. There must be better ways through this whirling world… A last point — Shirakawa Yukitomo represents the old order ruthlessly trying to preserve itself. Yukitomo is a generous provider, a good listener and a sensitive lover, much more so than his sociopathic, abusive, indolent son, Michimasa.

Tomo is easily the “conscience” of the story, though — the one who most readily and obviously realizes its implications. 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.

I take her as a tragic figure representing how women were bound to men, rather than a foxy mistress who managed to wriggle herself into the house of her father in law. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? And I almost expected them to team up or become friends, but instead Enchi paints them all as tragic figures unable to express their emotions and unintentionally isolating themselves.

But instead of focusing on the utterly disgusting patriarchal system shown in The Waiting Years, I’ll talk about something much, much better: Those who’ve grown to expect a further fetish along the lines of Memoirs of a Geisha would be much better off breaking themselves on Enchi and her lot. Inthe music world saw amazing reissues spanning rock titans to indie upstarts and electronic to pop of all stripes.