Some Prefer Nettles, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


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.




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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.