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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She witing next to him, a shadowed beauty, as of cherry blossoms on a cloudy day, even after he’s punched and dragged her through an elevator on national TV. That’s a good thing.

Western media pushed this work as a proof of the existence of feminism in non-western cultures, but now that a few years have gone by, conceptions of class struggle should have made this book deplorable even to those who would’ve otherwise loved the childish emotional contest of the mentally-crippled narratrix. A good story with a lot of local color and Japanese cultural customs of the time.

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Marrying as part of an understanding between parents was the norm, whether your marriage would be successful or not was a matter of luck.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Lei ben conosce questo sentiero che percorre ormai da tempo e che ha imparato ad accettare con la dovuta remissione. Than the nobleman seduces Miya, bride of his son which was secretly platonic lesbian love of sad abandoned and unsatisfied Tomo, too – she forbids herself strictly from love to another man, because she has husband, but some woman would be not such case, not her infidelity toward her husband: These fears are embodied most strongly in the book by Yukitomo’s stalwart wife, Tomo, who stoically endures the corrosive tortures to her psyche that accrue over decades of her husband’s habitual philandering and her own feelings of valuelessness.

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

I just finished this book and my mind was so stunned by the last few yrars that I hardly know what to write here. At such times she could slip free of the bonds in which she was entangled and, however briefly, survey herself and her husband, Suga and Etsuko, with the same dispassionate gaze. If only the voices of women are heard, their heartache listened by a comforting patriarchy, the lives of the Shirakawa women and the fimiko of Fumiko Enchi would not ring true even today with alarming realism, decades after the novel was written concerning the woes and the vulnerability of women in a patriarchal culture.


Jun 09, Matt Raymond rated it really liked it Shelves: She learns waitign hold in her emotions as she watches her husband take on a second concubine and a mistress who happens to be his daughter-in-law. Fumiko Enchi’s omniscient voice is slightly distanced, reluctant to pass judgment on these characters, male or female — preferring to lead us to both obvious and ambivalent conclusions.

Unable to control his urges, his political advisors suggest that he take encji concubine.

The Waiting Years by Fumiko Enchi

What if, it was Tomo who had betrayed the sanctity of marriage? It won the most votes out of the 5 books I proposed, and coincidentally it was probably the one I wanted to read the most, so it worked out nicely: A wonderful book presenting an intricate glimpse into tradition and the pain of sacrifice in the name of culture.

Then again, it’s beautifully written and I’ll never forget it. Then there’s the whole brother-sister love. What I think got in the way: Characters drive the inequalities home as each of their circumstances is explained deftly by Enchi. It is also a religious precept that abets her inner conflict: She’s probably the second most hated character in the book, after Yukitomo. Books like this are hard to review.

We are introduced to the household of a government police official.

The Waiting Years

Ironically, the novel may be most enjoyable to men, who will see that Fumiko accidentally portrayed her antagonist–the narrator’s husband Yukitomo–as the silent protagonist, who ably managed society and his cruel, shallow wife throughout a difficult lifetime, while beset by legions of idling selfish idiots who did not understand the luxury which his constant sacrifices afforded them. 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.


Today we have something special for you Enchi’s writing softly lulls you into a state of unsuspecting admiration before striking out at you with sudden viciousness.

Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk is a near-perfect success both as a grand statement of solidarity and as a gorgeously wrought, long-overdue story of black life and black love.

Lists with This Book. I acquired this book four years ago when my mother found it in a stall in the biggest park of Bucharest, Cismigiu. 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.

Tomo es una encgi japonesa casada con un alto funcionario del gobierno. You learn of her simple rumiko. The book was pretty good but I felt the characters were a bit underdeveloped.

In particular, the many literary and other translations that he has undertaken for Kodansha International have established him in the front rank of the field. The authors’ whose works we share with you in PopMatters’ 80 Hears Books of — from a couple of notable reissues to a number of excellent debuts — poignantly capture how the political is deeply personal, and the personal is undeniably, and beautifully, universal.

Instead, he notes that his preference is to have Suga remain to look after his wife, Tomo. In one case, too much so as I found the introduction of their son into the story quite jarring.

She yhe also known for her modern Japanese translation of the 11th-century classic The Tale of Genji. May 04, Mandy Tanksley rated it liked it Shelves: