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Tomo serves her husbands wishes and interests and manages his affairs to the utmost of her ability, all the while fully conscious of the unfair and unjust patriarchal system that compels her to subsume her own emotions and betray other women to protect herself, her family, the social order.

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Return to Book Page. His position takes him all over Japan, and he desires women at each stop. Yulitomo wields full power in this household, and Tomo has no recourse but to keep her head down and comply. See 1 question about The Waiting Years…. Pero sinceramente, me encajan perfectamente con la historia, pueden parecer conclusiones demasiado extremas pero no me parecen nada disparatadas.

I didn’t like this as much as I did Masksbecause here I sensed a writer struggling to taper the motive fumikko lack of a better word lurking behind her words, hence it misses the lyrical subtleties and layered nuance of Masks, but the discussion and dissection of cultural attitude is wakting of discerning awareness that captivates.

Apart from Tomo and the two concubines, Suga and Yumi, the sense of the inner lives of the characters is often vague. They have a biological daughter and a mentally deficient son. At first, she chooses the year-old Suga, who is invited into their home under the pretense that she will become their maid.

Not that it lacks realism In this book, the women are dignified and logical in handling what life gives them.

Yet, unfortunately, this had been the norm for centuries in Japan. Nor did her secret humiliation end there.

Enchi Fumiko – The Waiting Years

Gender roles in Japanese Society during the turn of the 19th century. Funiko give credit to authors who are willing to explore societal issues like that in an open way. It starts with Tomo – wife of a high Japanese official – looking for wxiting young girl to be brought home. Me gustan mucho las historias japoneses, sobre todo tan cotidianas como esta, pero no puedo evitar sentir mucha rabia por el trato que tje las mujeres en este libro.


I loved the writing in both, the stories on the other hand tend to depress me and stress me out, yet I can still appreciate the writer’s talent, in both occasions I kept reading naturally, even if the plots made it hard at times.

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Fumkko me of new comments via email. Therefore, one day when Tomo watches the innocent babies of Miya and Yumi, the idea that they would daiting up into adult men like Yukitomo, Michimasa and Iwamoto is a shock to her I presume this is a realistic portrayal of upper class life in the Meiji era, but it is more importantly a character study of a woman who despite her achievements, has sacrificed her self.

He is an official tasked with disarming the local civil rights movement, you know, those misfits who dare topple power because they care about that basic thing called humanity in fact, he wears the ideology of quite a few officials we’ve read about around the world. Yuki- tomo considers her to be like an elder sister even though she is ten years younger 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.

Over the next 30 years, as Shirakawa and the feudal rulers lose the fight against the civil rights movement, Tomo handles without objection a cast of underage concubines, surrendering her own dignity to family duty and social appearance. She loves her husband, values his work, appreciates him as a provider, and, oddly, seems to admire his taste in other women, even as the realizations of his estranged affections to her and jealousy over her rivals slowly kills her inside.

The unripe damsons plucked resembled the young mistresses that had entered the Shirakawa household with an illusionary legitimacy in the family registry. What would it take for men to finally not perceive women as a weaker sex?

This is not a tale involving female cattiness, since in fact, the women all seem to get along well together, for the most part. She is highly perceptive and sensitive to the needs and feelings of others, and she deals ably with the affairs of the household and estates even though her literacy is limited. Love and sex maybe two entirely separate entities, but to a married woman, the institution of love and sex amalgamates into one solitary entity — her husband. I’m not a fan of Asian TV dramas.

Enchi also brings to light the fact that men brought concubines into service before they came of age, damaging their bodies, making it impossible for them to have children. Tomo tries to conceal the affair: The beautiful, immature girl whom she took home to her husband was a maid only in name. Now she is 30 and she has two children, older son, his heir, and beloved little girl. But instead of focusing on the utterly disgusting patriarchal system shown in The Waiting Years, I’ll talk about something much, much better: A truly beautifully written feminist novel.


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Yet as this year’s. Quotes from The Waiting Years. Litlove — for your work on motherhood, Enchi might be a fantastic study. This book is most highly recommended. The only positive scene I remember is when the concubine Yumi gets “released”, but I feel like it wasn’t intended to show some positivity as much as to add pressure on Suga, who stays.

The Waiting Years

For this and other reviews tje http: Would she have been better off without Michimasa, then? Tomo must bear each of these insults in encji as well as stamp out any desire for self-assertion or self-fulfillment. There was Suga, the innocent, introspective girl from a respectable but impoverished family; the outgoing, cheerful, almost boyish Yumi; the flirtatious, seductive Miya, who soon found her father-in-law more dependable as a man than his brutish son Instead, he notes that his preference is to have Suga remain to look after his wife, Tomo.

As with Enchi’s Masksthe novel starts out a little slow which is something I’ve come to appreciate in fictionbut begins to pick up after five or ten pages–not in terms of plot, necessarily, but in character complexity and a dark, slow-sinking sense of foreboding. Marina Sofia — This sounds encho an uncompromising look at that society. The author uses a telescopic effect in her narrative: Furthermore, although many years pass, many of the characters are not fully explored to the degree they could be.

At times appalling to the modern reader, one has to take into consideration the fact that this is a novel reflecting a time past waiging also leads you to wonder This was an fascinating perspective on the intertwined lives of several women in one household in the early Meiji period.

I was wavering between 4. Sure, the women are acting based on the enci code of that time and I guess it was her point to show how they were bound by family and honor.