The marriage of Kaname and Misako is disintegrating: whilst seeking passion and fulfilment in the arms of others, they contemplate the humiliation of divorce.
Misako's father believes their relationship has been damaged by the influence of a new and alien culture, and so attempts to heal the breach by educating his son-in-law in the time-honoured Japanese traditions of aesthetic and sensual pleasure.
The result is an absorbing, chilling conflict between ancient and modern, young and old.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/02/2001
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099283379
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Review by soylentgreen23
I had read very little by Japanese writers when, a couple of months into my stay in that country working as an English teacher, I stumbled upon this beautiful little novel.The story is so simple, it's hardly even a story. It feels like the Japan of yesteryear was somehow transferred from reality, as it was being lived and breathed, and placed on the pages of this book. I can't even remember details very well, but I have an image in my mind's eye of what the book is about, and when I think of it I see my time in Japan with so much clarity.