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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Please try again later. It’s wonderful the way the Japanese write with so much poignancy and art and yet come off so very real. This is a story of a woman who’s husband has put her aside for a younger woman and how they all reside together in his home with a daughter about the age of the concubine.

It portrays an interesting look into Japanese family life though all is not as it seems for the lonely wife. I highly recommend this small novel; the writing is beautiful, the story subtle and moving. One person found this helpful.


The Waiting Years

This book will not appeal to everyone. I assume you will either love it or hate it. It is “very Japanese,” I. I enjoy reading domestic stories from different cultures. This was beautifully, simply and directly written. Rich in the colorful environment and culture so different from my own. It took me away from my everyday life and isn’t that what a book is for. I ordered this and read it for a Japanese history and culture class last year.

This is a powerful novel, following the life of one Japanese housewife as she deals with the changing times. I definitely enjoyed reading this book. This is a revealing and beautifully written novel about the lives of women in pre-World War I Japan. This should be on college and high school reading lists.

Not as a novel, but as a mature insight into the female mind of a certain level of development, is “The Waiting Years” relevant and, in its way, glorious. This selfish, myopic, arch-bourgeoise narrative is unfeeling toward all of its characters save the narrator, for whom the minutiae of the idle rich are cosmic burdens. As in Jane Austen’s work, the misery of the poor is invisible, and the tragedy of the middle classes appears only when useful to, briefly, lend the narrator an air of benevolence–e.

The novel’s story arc reaches its apex when the narrator believes she has finally won a great battle against her husband by giving him a minor social slight; in essence, by her sixties, she believes she has achieved meaning in her life because she finally got the last word in an argument.

Western media pushed this work as a proof of the existence of feminism in non-western cultures, but now that a few years have gone by, conceptions of class struggle should have made this book deplorable even to those who would’ve otherwise loved the childish emotional contest of the mentally-crippled narratrix.

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Ironically, the novel may be most enjoyable to men, who will see that Fumiko accidentally portrayed her antagonist–the narrator’s husband Yukitomo–as the silent protagonist, who ably managed society and his cruel, shallow wife throughout a difficult lifetime, while beset by legions of idling selfish idiots who did not understand the luxury which his constant sacrifices afforded them.

Yukitomo is represented as a villain for trying to protect Japan from the influence of westernized agents provocateurs, or “liberals. Now, though, historical perspective can better reveal, even to the most currently-liberal inhabitants of Terra, the noxious colonialist mindset which pervades Fumiko’s work. See all 24 reviews.

The Waiting Years by Fumiko Enchi

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