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The Temple of the Wild Geese and the Bamboo Dolls of Echizen (Japanese Literature)

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"Two elaborate tales written in the early 1960s by the Japanese author Mizukami (1919 — 2004) explore volcanic oedipal urges lurking just below the surface of unlikely love triangles. In 'The Temple of the Wild Geese,' set at a Zen Buddhist monastery in the mountains, Jinen, an unhappy, 'disfigured' and lonely orphaned novice, develops a filial crush on Satoko, a recent widow and the reverend Jikai's new common-law wife, which she encourages. When Jikai's excessive drinking clouds his better judgment, Jinen's desire is transformed into brutal action. It's a simple jealousy tale centered on a complex relationship, and Mizukami achieves remarkable psychological depth through detail and stylistic finesse. 'Bamboo Dolls of Echizen,' set in 1924, similarly hinges on a maternal relationship gone sour when a young bamboo craftsman takes his father's prostitute as a wife and insists on treating her as a mother rather than as a proper wife, to the detriment of her health. Readers new to Mizukami's work will be enthralled by the isolated, rural settings of the northern Hokuriku region of Japan, and by his elegant storytelling." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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The Temple of the Wild Geese, a semi-autobiographical account of Mizukami's childhood, tells the tale of Jinen, a Buddhist monk raised by villagers after his mother, a beggar, abandoned him. Sent to live at a temple at the age of ten, his resentment smolders for years until it explodes in a shocking climax. In Bamboo Dolls of Echizen, no woman is willing to marry the diminutive Kisuke, a bamboo artisan, until Tamae, a prostitute, comes to pay her respects at the grave of Kisuke's father. In Tamae, Kisuke sees shadows of his own mother, who died when he was young, and the two eventually marry. Since Kisuke seeks only motherly affection from Tamae, the two never become lovers. Instead, Tamae devotes herself to caring for Kisuke as a mother would, and he thrives as a renowned maker of bamboo dolls.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781564784902
Author:
Minakami, Tsutomu
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Author:
Mizukami, Tsutomu
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
Japanese Literature
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.07x6.34x.82 in. 1.01 lbs.

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Product details 208 pages Dalkey Archive Press - English 9781564784902 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Two elaborate tales written in the early 1960s by the Japanese author Mizukami (1919 — 2004) explore volcanic oedipal urges lurking just below the surface of unlikely love triangles. In 'The Temple of the Wild Geese,' set at a Zen Buddhist monastery in the mountains, Jinen, an unhappy, 'disfigured' and lonely orphaned novice, develops a filial crush on Satoko, a recent widow and the reverend Jikai's new common-law wife, which she encourages. When Jikai's excessive drinking clouds his better judgment, Jinen's desire is transformed into brutal action. It's a simple jealousy tale centered on a complex relationship, and Mizukami achieves remarkable psychological depth through detail and stylistic finesse. 'Bamboo Dolls of Echizen,' set in 1924, similarly hinges on a maternal relationship gone sour when a young bamboo craftsman takes his father's prostitute as a wife and insists on treating her as a mother rather than as a proper wife, to the detriment of her health. Readers new to Mizukami's work will be enthralled by the isolated, rural settings of the northern Hokuriku region of Japan, and by his elegant storytelling." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The Temple of the Wild Geese, a semi-autobiographical account of Mizukami's childhood, tells the tale of Jinen, a Buddhist monk raised by villagers after his mother, a beggar, abandoned him. Sent to live at a temple at the age of ten, his resentment smolders for years until it explodes in a shocking climax. In Bamboo Dolls of Echizen, no woman is willing to marry the diminutive Kisuke, a bamboo artisan, until Tamae, a prostitute, comes to pay her respects at the grave of Kisuke's father. In Tamae, Kisuke sees shadows of his own mother, who died when he was young, and the two eventually marry. Since Kisuke seeks only motherly affection from Tamae, the two never become lovers. Instead, Tamae devotes herself to caring for Kisuke as a mother would, and he thrives as a renowned maker of bamboo dolls.
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