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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Return to Book Page. Today we have something special for you Unable to control his urges, his political advisors suggest that he take a concubine. The two become close friends over a ten-year period and even wonder if they were sisters in a previous life.

Furthermore, although many years pass, many of the characters are not fully explored to the degree they could be. The novel starts out slow but progresses nicely and draws you in.

Enchi Fumiko – The Waiting Years

Historical novel from end of Once again, the Japanese literature hits me like a train, I am still not completely used to their style, I enjoy it, but I can perceive the quite big differences between them and fumjko books I have previously read from western writers.

So he sends his dutiful wife off to Tokyo to find one for him.

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Who am I to pass an opinion on fukiko lives, when there are members gears my species still enduring the oppression of a patriarchal society?

Change Can’t Come Fast Enough Within ‘The Waiting Years’

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Or even the docile Suga or the coquettish Miya had comparable liberties? A truly beautifully written feminist novel.

Especialmente esa dignidad tan marcadamente japonesa del personaje femenino principal resulta una baza fundamental en el libro. There were a couple of chapters in Now she is 30 and she has two children, older son, his heir, and beloved little girl. I highly recommend this small novel; the writing is beautiful, the story subtle and moving.

No more will the husband lovingly savour the naked flesh of his wife. Such a sad, poignant story. Jul 27, Alexa rated it really liked it Shelves: Because, at the end of it all a brighter world surely lay waiting, like the light when one finally emerges from a tunnel. Yes, I was wondering the same thing as Litlove about when this was written and how representative it is of Japanese life now.

Of course, the author wrote this book in Japanese for Japanese people, who presumably would have the requisite cultural background to understand it. Another girl named Yuri moves in, and the outgoing nature of her personality causes her to form a strong bond to the first mistress, Suga. Learn more about Amazon Prime. In addition to its often disarming detachment, it also seems fidgety at times.


The book seemed perhaps over-translated–into workmanlike, idiomatic English that doesn’t give much sense of what the original prose was like. He has it on with the maids, and a series of adolescent girls whose impoverished parents have been paid off in exchange for their all-inclusive services. View all 22 comments. May 04, Mandy Tanksley rated it liked it Shelves: Tomo’s husband sends her to walting a him a new “maid.

The Waiting Years by Fumiko Enchi

What if, it was Tomo who had betrayed the sanctity of marriage? Aug 22, Marina Sofia rated it really liked it. She stands next to him, a shadowed beauty, as of cherry blossoms on a cloudy day, even after he’s punched and dragged her through an elevator on national TV.