Hotel Iris

Hotel Iris

by Yoko Ogawa
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Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa

A tale of twisted love from Yoko Ogawa—author of The Diving Pool and The Housekeeper and the Professor.

In a crumbling seaside hotel on the coast of Japan, quiet seventeen-year-old Mari works the front desk as her mother tends to the off-season customers. When one night they are forced to expel a middle-aged man and a prostitute from their room, Mari finds herself drawn to the man's voice, in what will become the first gesture of a single long seduction. In spite of her provincial surroundings, and her cool but controlling mother, Mari is a sophisticated observer of human desire, and she sees in this man something she has long been looking for.

The man is a proud if threadbare translator living on an island off the coast. A widower, there are whispers around town that he may have murdered his wife. Mari begins to visit him on his island, and he soon initiates her into a dark realm of both pain and pleasure, a place in which she finds herself more at ease even than the translator. As Mari's mother begins to close in on the affair, Mari's sense of what is suitable and what is desirable are recklessly engaged.

Hotel Iris is a stirring novel about the sometimes violent ways in which we express intimacy and about the untranslatable essence of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312425241
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 03/30/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 573,144
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.53(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)

About the Author

Yoko Ogawa's fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, A Public Space, and Zoetrope. Since 1988 she has published more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, and has won every major Japanese literary award.

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Hotel Iris 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
simplysaras More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a very interesting and challenging read. It pulled me in from the start and I read it all in an afternoon. The book is short (less than 200 pages) and was very hard to put down once I began. I did find the book to have very mature subject matter and it does go into great detail throughout. I would recommend this book to many though, if you are one who cannot bear to read acts of sexual humiliation or violence, to steer clear of this novel and maybe try another. Otherwise, this is a fantastic, interesting piece I was pleased with finishing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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I just sent one of the boys to come help you hope your enjoying your stay at LC'S HOTEL *smiles awkwardly and leaves*
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