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Child of Fortune

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By conventional Japanese standards, Koko Mizuno is an abysmal
failure as woman, wife, and mother--and she couldn't care less. She has succeeded in remaining true to herself in a stubborn struggle against powerful conformist pressures. Yet her resistance is largely passive.Self-absorbed, indecisive, she makes her own uncharted way through life,letting her husband, lovers, ev
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 1st 1992 by Kodansha (first published 1978)
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Ryan
The main character's "fortune" was in being wise. Her wisdom was gained from experience. The novelist carefully delineated the psychological (and physiological) aspects of pregnancy. She founded an alternate reality where various scenarios were already erected and accepted as true. This was how imagination, how fiction, built alternate realities.

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Mircalla64 (free Liu Xiaobo)
la passività eletta a stile di vita

non mi aspettavo molto, leggendo questo libro, invece devo dire che mi ha piacevolmente sorpresa, intanto
non è la lagna Yoshimoto-style che mi aspettavo, anzi

la protagonista è si una perdente, nel senso di una donna che si è arresa e passivamente accetta il suo destino, ma si intravede una forza tra i suoi gesti e le sue scelte, sia pure fatte seguendo la corrente, che lascia presagire un senso compiuto magari in senso confuciano

come se l'accettazione si do
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Nicholas Beck
Aug 02, 2015 Nicholas Beck rated it it was amazing
Subtle multi-layered story-telling with some vivid imagery both dreamlike and realistic. Strong characterizations with a twist in this feminist tale of a single-woman in Japan struggling to negotiate family and societal pressures and mostly succeeding despite oceans of self-doubt at times.
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500 Great Books B...: Child of Fortune - Yúko Tsushima 1 12 Jul 21, 2014 06:12PM  
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Yūko Tsushima is the pen name of Satoko Tsushima, a contemporary Japanese fiction writer, essayist and critic. She is the daughter of famed novelist Osamu Dazai, who died when she was one year old. She is considered "one of the most important Japanese writers of her generation" (The New York Times).

She has won many major literary prizes, including the Kawabata for "The Silent Traders," one of the
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