March 03, 2019

Book Review: Confessions of Love by Uno Chiyo

Book Review: Confessions of Love by Uno Chiyo

Author: Uno Chiyo

Translated by: Phyllis Birnbaum

Publisher: Charles Tuttle Tokyo, 1990

ISBN: 0-8048-1651-4

Pages: 157 


Such places are probably no longer permitted to operate but back then there was a restaurant next to Shimbashi Station called the Yuyutei, there were several small rooms each with two chairs. Once the curtain was drawn in those rooms, even a person passing outside could’nt make out who was within. Men would go there with women and those couples would spend the time talking to each other in whispers” p33

A very humourous story about an intimate romantic history apparently based on the life of the artist Togo Seiji who is called Yuasa Joji in the novel. A kind of chronicle of life in Tokyo in the 1920’s where weak men who were irresistible to women entered relationships.

 “ I tried to sound irritated but finally let the fury stay locked up in my heart” p42

Book Review: Confessions of Love by Uno Chiyo

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February 01, 2019

Book Review Love and other stories by Yokomitsu Riichi

A collection of eleven short stories written by Yokomitsu Riichi who has been described as an experimental modernist writer. 

Stand out stories include The Smile, After Picking up a Blue Stone, The Carriage, The Defeated Husband, The Pale Captain and The Machine.

He explores a range of topics including collecting debts after his father dies in Korea, caring for his wife who has tuberculosis, relationships between man and wife and working in a small family run business. 

Some very powerful stories that will leave a deep impression of life and times in Japan before, during and after the war.

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