The Makioka Sisters
In Osaka in the years immediately before World War II, four aristocratic women try to preserve a way of life that is vanishing. As told by Junichiro Tanizaki, the story of the Makioka sisters forms what is arguably the greatest Japanese novel of the twentieth century, a poignant yet unsparing... show more
In Osaka in the years immediately before World War II, four aristocratic women try to preserve a way of life that is vanishing. As told by Junichiro Tanizaki, the story of the Makioka sisters forms what is arguably the greatest Japanese novel of the twentieth century, a poignant yet unsparing portrait of a family–and an entire society–sliding into the abyss of modernity.Tsuruko, the eldest sister, clings obstinately to the prestige of her family name even as her husband prepares to move their household to Tokyo, where that name means nothing. Sachiko compromises valiantly to secure the future of her younger sisters. The unmarried Yukiko is a hostage to her family’s exacting standards, while the spirited Taeko rebels by flinging herself into scandalous romantic alliances. Filled with vignettes of upper-class Japanese life and capturing both the decorum and the heartache of its protagonist, The Makioka Sisters is a classic of international literature.From the Hardcover edition.
Publish date: September 26th 1995
Pages no: 530
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Asian Literature
, Japanese Literature
Read years ago, will revisit one day
This story reminds me of Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks, a family that is transitioning through time, having to adapt to the historical events and each member representing parts of society that is adapting for better or for worse.Just the language is not terribly exciting, even though the translator is ...
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The obvious high-concept pitch for this book to an English-speaking audience is "the Jane Austen of pre-WWII Japan". It's not completely accurate–the similarities are evident from the beginning, but divergences swiftly accumulate–but by then you're hooked, which is the point of a high-concept pitch...