Sonoko Kakiuchi is a cultured Osaka lady, unfortunately widowed young.
But her story is unsettlingly at odds with her image. it is a tale of infatuation and deceit, of eliberate evil.
Its theme is humiliation, its victim Sonoko's mild-mannered husband.
At is centre - seductive, manipulating, enslaving - is one of Tanizaki's most extraordinary characters, the beautiful and corrupt art student Mitsuko.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 17/11/1994
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099485612
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Review by Banoo
Ok the cast: one bored housewife, one timid husband, one impotent young man, and one gorgeous young girl.A quick recap... bored housewife falls in love with gorgeous young girl but then finds out that she is seeing an impotent young man while the bored housewife's timid husband gets suspicious over everybody seeing everybody so he gets seen too and everyone is lying and scheming and then tears, threats of suicide pacts and general goofiness abounds.Tanizaki wrote this book in the 1920's about a lesbian relationship. A bit like <i>Fatal Attraction</i> meets <i>Brokeback Mountain</i> meets <i>Romeo & Juliet</i>. Considering the time he wrote it, this was a pretty radical story that is still relevant today. It doesn't feel dated at all.A good book. Tanizaki understood beauty... that comes through clearly in his writing. He made me really want to lay my eyes on that one gorgeous young girl. I think she could have turned me into a lesbian too.