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Posted March 22, 2004
What a wild ride of a book. When it seems that events can't get any weirder or bizarre, they get weirder and more bizarre. Tanizaki is an amazing story-teller and reading this book it's incredible to realize that this was originally published in serial form in the late 1920's. Tanizaki captures the atmosphere of the period very well. His investigation into the love between his two female protagonists is engrossing. Man and woman; man and man; woman and woman: who's to say what's odd and what's normal? In the hands of Tanizaki, obsession is dissected and eroticism is replaced by mental illness and cruelty. A great book, and a great author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 28, 2001
A work of literary art!
This story centers on Mrs. Sonoko Kakiuchi, a woman who has grown bored with her stuffy, conservative husband. To fill her time, she takes art courses at an art school. It's there she meets another art student, the beautiful Mitsuko. The two have a torrid love affair. Shortly after the affair begins, Mitsuko starts behaving strange and then Mrs. Kakiuchi is thrown into a strange world filled with betrayal, suspicion, blood oaths, fake pregnancies, botched abortions, one-sided contracts, suicide pacts and secret rendezvous. Everything spins violently out of control sucking in more and more people until the whole thing ends dramatically with a tragedy. This is a fantastic book and in my opinion one of Junichiro Tanizaki's very best!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.