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Then there’s the whole brother-sister love. Es un libro que sobre todo transmite tristeza y nos acerca a la realidad de tantas vidas de mujeres perdidas a la sombra de un hombre autoritario y despreciable. English Language and Literature Studies – Literature. Sure, the women are fumio based on the moral code of that time and I guess it was her point to show how they were bound by family and honor.

Tomo watches as each new girl comes into her home and takes away a part of her life. The problem is that, under the right circumstances of keeping them proud, ignorant, and sexually chained, the young will rise to the challenge.

The Waiting Years by Fumiko Enchi

His political career may have ended but not his lust for women. Further, they should preferably bore sons, who were supposed to contribute to the national wealth encho to the military force in the future. The Waiting Years is also a ripping good read. Take my body to the sea and cast it into the waves. The result of such unthinking obedience, of course, is what always results from unthinking obedience: The Waiting Years is set at the turn of the century, however.

I found most characters to be pitiful, their stories within the book made me feel sad for their paths, paths that yewrs did not even choose, specially in the case of Suga and Yumi, but even with Tomo. My heart went out to every woman in the story. In one case, too much so as I found the introduction of their son into the story quite jarring.

Oct 18, Alex marked it as to-read. Later I read the book was similar to Enchi’s relationship with her husband, so that intense level of complexity makes a lot more sense now that I know where it comes from. The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of Inthe music world saw amazing reissues spanning rock titans to indie upstarts and electronic to pop of all stripes. One of the obvious draws for a lot of readers to this book is the promise of taboo relations, and there are plenty of those therein.


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Just a couple of dozens pages in, I was already surprised how quickly the plot was laid out. Tomo buries her sorrow and emptiness deep inside, sacrificing herself for the sake of the family and enduring in the belief that she will one day reach the light at the end of the tunnel. I shall keep an eye out for her books. And Tomo takes Suga with her a and swears to herself that she would always defend Suga and take care for her.

A good introduction to the confucious household structure and thought process differences between men and women. It’s a cold, austere sadness. Tomo is beautiful young woman from poor but noble samurai family, wife of wealthy and succesful young and waitlng Japanese nobleman samurai, but of much better origin than her whom she loves and who married her in her age of 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.

There is a sad scene when Yukitomo concludes that Suga could never marry since she is by now too old and likely will never have children due to her irregular periods. To appease and hide his sexual appetites, he tasks her to find a young girl to be their new maid.

Change Can’t Come Fast Enough Within ‘The Waiting Years’

Married at 14 and a mother by the age of 15, Tomo is the head of the household whilst her civil servant husband rises through government ranks.

In a patriarchal society where divorce was non-existent, rebellion a blasphemous act and women the eternal submissive species, the happiness of a woman truly lay in the legitimacy of a voice that struggled to climb the rocky hill of individuality.


Next to this kind of man, you’ll sometimes find the woman of the quiet strength. Cancel reply Enter your comment here An interesting book, fhe to my normal read. As a result he desires younger and younger women, young enough to be his daughter or even grand daughter, as he moves toward the twilight of his life.

This is a sample of the type of decisions she must make for the next years.

Tomo is a wife of a philanderer who has great power in the beginning of the novel. The story of an upper-class family in early Meiji era and its many torments.

The Waiting Years

Who am I to pass an opinion on their lives, when there are members of my species still enduring the oppression of a patriarchal society? Do share your thoughts! Aged somewhere between fifteen and, ysars, seventeen or eighteen. The description of Suga is very beautiful, though also very clinical. The gall of Yukitomo Shirakawa, Tomo’s husband, is intrinsic of his society, the feared-and-revered bunch of government officials of the prefecture Fukushima.

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.

My piddling thoughts are no match for her insight of knives.

Unafraid to explore the need for sensuality in the older woman, or sexual manipulation as a weapon of the downtrodden, Enchi is a brave author who continues to feel very modern. Marrying as part of ysars understanding between parents was the norm, whether your marriage would be successful or not was a matter of luck. Generally, I find that Japanese fiction has a uniquely serene tone is somehow poetic and somehow stirring.