I'm glad to have read it. If you think I have breached your copyright in any way please let me know. In those days, the life of a woman, whether married or single, was one of unending drudgery and toil. The narration Holden gives of his life highlights his conflict on how to merge the two worlds. About the indefatigable quest of that country doctor for further ways and means to heal the sick.
The only other Japanese woman writer that I recollect reading is Banana Yoshimoto born 1964. But doctors at that time were in an odd 'category'. If you're looking to go back in time with a short, quiet piece, you should pick up this book. Un desiderio di prevalere quasi impossibile da leggere secondo le nostre chiavi analitiche, ma che in questo caso si erge anche a denuncia della condizione femminile ricordiamo che il libro è stato scritto relativamente di recente , seppur legato da quella combinazione di tradizione e onore, orgoglio e spirito che risulta di estremo interesse per il lettore moderno occidentale, e che si affaccia in un contesto difficile ma notevolmente trattato da Sawako Ariyoshi. If this book ever became more popular on this site, I'd imagine the rating would tank and the reviews would be choked with mewling and puking about polemics and misandrists and god knows what other instances of fragile masculinity.
First published in 1966, The Doctor's Wife has quite an amazing premise. Honestly in some ways some of this is still relevant today. The novel is, after all, about human nature. Of course, there have long been innumerable Japanese titles in this genre but Ms Sawako Ariyoshi has done her best on this pioneering doctor in his field of advanced surgery. The partly historical novel is based on the life of noted male physician. Ariyoshi employs a third-person omniscient approach and to focus on the motivations of the Mother of the house and her Daughter-and-law, who vie with one another for the attentions of the eldest son and, in the Daughter's case, her husband.
Kae suffers the most, for the new anesthetic that the doctor tries on her has devastating results. The book is only 174 pages and covered about 70 years, so there are often 'jumps' between chapters in which you have to make educated guesses on how old everyone was after every 'jump'. Much of the tension in the book draws from the sustained misunderstanding between Mother and Daughter, both of whom take for granted the idea that one is trying to outdo the other. If no one came for them they would be left to waterlog and rot on the beach. In those days, the life of a woman, whether married or single, was one of unending drudgery and toil. Anyone interested in historical fiction or Japan, anyone struggling with breast cancer or debating mastectomy, should read this book.
Read archived reviews of Japanese classics at. Naturally, the Japanese component of the. The ceremony which was about to begin would have to take place without the groom, who had gone to Kyoto more than half a year before. She's fearless, closing essential storylines in the middle of a chapter or a paragraph or a sentence. Ariyoshi takes us deeply into the dynamics of the household relationships.
This is the fictionalized story of a remarkable doctor from Wakayama prefecture, the same province where the author hails from. The only luck I've had in my entire lifetime is that I didn't get married and didn't have to be somebody's daughter-in-law or mother-in-law. Dick Boulton walked around past the cottage down to the lake. I wish Sawako Ariyoshi was better know in the States. Domestic politics, the rights of the patient versus the power of the doctor, Eurocentrism wiping out records of other cultures getting to scientific discoveries first: the bone is yours to pick.
Tiina - I hope your library has it. The doctor pretends not to notice the rivalry but benefits greatly from it. And it's sad that a close relationship suddenly deteriorates. As a student she developed a deep interest in the theater, both modern drama and traditional Kabuki, and her own plays are widely performed in Japan. The story is mainly told from Kae's perspective, who came from an old samurai family, and therefore 'above' the doctor's family. As it sometimes goes, it seemed a very interesting book to me, so I bought it. Her Kokotsu no hito The Twilight Years was published in 1972 and sold over a million copies in less than a year.
This review was first posted on Inside the mind of a Bibliophile I've read this in both English and Japanese. Honestly I nearly put the book down at this point as I hate reading that type of thing, but Kae was equally horrified, so I forced myself through it. I intend to read The Twilight Years next, when I get a chance. Her books are short, not particularly lyrical, but pack a significant plotty punch, telling stories about Japanese women that you otherwise might not have heard. While he is still developing th Dr.
Although my feministic viewpoints would have liked the book to have focused more on the latter theme rather than the former, the book, nevertheless, accomplished its wistful purpose of showing the role of women. The rivalry between these two women for his attention is central to the novel and propels the story forward. It seems that an intelligent person like my brother would have noticed the friction between you and mother. He was a real surgeon in the 18th-century who made his name for, amongst other things, being the first to perform surgery using a general anesthetic, and specifically for using the anesthetic for breast cancer surgery. Any photos not attributed to others or to public domain are mine. Based on the true story of the pioneering attempts of Dr.