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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Yukitomo Shirikawa has risen in the political ranks over the course of his career. He asks his wife to find him a concubine which is shocking to those who knew of this request. She does this out of a sense of duty. And as sad as it is, it really has something to say about women and their strength against male superiority. Tomo es una mujer japonesa casada con un alto funcionario del gobierno. Feb 25, Paula Kalin rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 11, Ray rated it liked it Shelves: Product details Mass Market Paperback Publisher: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

There’s no murder or sudden betrayals.

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A few years later he brings a second concubine named Yumi into the house. She is fearless in ways that Yukitomo is not, and yet, she is toothless in the real sense — diplomatic and close-lipped, rarely outwardly betraying her emotions, feelings or opinions. The women in this novel are, in a sense, within their own sort of stasis—they are bound to their husbands regardless of their own reluctance or trepidation when it comes to accepting what their husbands’ desire, even if that desire is for several concubines.


Despite these handicaps, she has more power than the other women in her household as she makes business decisions when her husband does not.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. This book is most highly recommended. This is a book that should be savored. View all 14 comments. 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.

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When the culture and the laws yeara on their side, those without choice are sacrificed. Account Options Sign in. Tomo’s feeling of disposability informs one of the most moving moments in the book, which to detail would constitute a spoiler.

However I’ll admit I didn’t really like it. And she still loves him and they have two childern Yukitomo is a generous provider, a waiing listener and a sensitive lover, much more so than his sociopathic, abusive, indolent son, Michimasa.

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This is a sample of the type of decisions she must make for the next years. This book will not appeal to everyone. Los sentimientos logran traspasar el papel y calan totalmente en el lector.

They will grow in as desecrated a soil as provided and inflict their witing beyond the reach of any physical succor. Japanese propriety, modesty, decorum and the code of tit for tat — female servitude in exchange for financial security — ensured its existence. Twitter Facebook Flattr Email Google. An interesting book, different to emchi normal read.

Not only was she a dutiful wife, but a wise mother, astute mistress of the household and a loving grandmother ,yet, in all these roles she misplaced her inner-self somewhere ; the woman in Tomo was lost amongst her societal obligations. Long before the winds of feminism came into the staunch patriarchal Japanese society, the destiny of the woman was to obey the hierarchical creed of serving her husband through her body and mind and to rebel against it would be outrageous with the possibility of being ostracized.

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The Waiting Years

It is a very interesting novel from the point of view that it offers a window to 19th century Japan through a rather sad and dysfunctional family. But it always does. The novel centres on Tomo, the wife of a wealthy, ruthless, promiscuous man. If it were not there waiting, then nothing made sense. She dies taking leave of her husband with the following words: Sep 02, Monica. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. If only the voices of women are heard, their heartache listened by a comforting patriarchy, the lives of the Shirakawa women and the words 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.

Published September 13th by Kodansha first published Life is one long wait. The main character is Tomo, the wife of a mid ranking official. The only positive scene I remember is when the conc The story of an upper-class family in early Meiji era and its many torments.

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?