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The Gourmet Club

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The decadent tales in this dazzling collection span forty-five years in the extraordinary career of Japan's master storyteller, Jun'ichiro Tanizaki (1886-1965).
Tanizaki's major novels-Naomi, The Makioka Sisters, A Cat, a Man, and Two Women, and The Key, for example-have already appeared in English, but some of his finest works are short stories, only a handful of which ha
Paperback, 201 pages
Published October 10th 2003 by Kodansha (first published 2001)
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The Children: Weird. Delicate sadistic aristocratic boy invents weird games for older boys. There's a scene where one boy starts nibbling at the others. A sister gets involved in other games. There's a horrible scene with mochi and snot. Gag.

The Secret: Jaded man gets new kicks dressing as a woman.

The Two Acolytes: Living in a mountain monastery, they've never seen a woman and are kind of interested.

The Gourmet Club: Jaded men have an eating club. They're after new tastes and experiences. Could
Anca Rotar
Nope, nope, nope. Do not want. I'm cool, thanks. Nope.
Sever Gulea
Personajul principal din Secretul care la început doar cochetează cu ideea de a se îmbrăca în femeie și apoi își pune planul în aplicare, reîntâlnindu-și însă o cucerire mai veche, trăiește extazul fascinației față de mister, față de viețile secrete, față de pasiunile cu parfum de fărădelege. Bizarul filosof al filmului din Povestea domnului Aozuka, a cărui viață se centrează în jurul imaginii unei simple actrițe, este de fapt posedat de un voyeurism al perfecțiunii. Grăsanii din Club Gourmet (p ...more
Hagiwara Eichan (the narrator, age 10), his lonely, pampered classmate Hanawa Shinichi, classmate's older sister Mitsuko, and Senkichi (a bully, slightly older) begin playing together in the rich family's house. What ensues makes me wonder how they ever survived to adulthood.

This fellow with ennui rents a room in a monastery and sneaks out his window every night. He rediscovers a woman who had been in love with him a few years ago. Both keep where they live a secret. Both
the gift
read somewhere, the reputation of japanese authors are usually made through their short stories- for me this is definitely the case for tanizaki. the novels read have a queasy effect, given the central character is usually a masochistic, frustratingly childish, obsessed man. this is easier to take in small doses. this is consistent throughout his career, demonstrated also in the weird stories here. my favorite, 'the two acolytes', is also here the least typical, most philosophical, most moving, ...more
Passion and obsession. When one ends, the other begins. One needs to tread very carefully when decided to walk on this road.

Manganese peroxide.... Hillarious. I think he wrote the whole story just to be able to write the word "manganese peroxide". Just like when I was fascinated with the phrase "attoiumani", I tried to stick it to every conversation.

I have to agree with John Updike. The stories made me hold my breath throughout, and the ending didn't let me fully exhale still.

Larry Brennan
This collection of short stories are mostly from early in Tanizaki's career and show a mastery developed early in life.

The work is brilliant, erotic and disturbing. It teeters on the edge but never quite makes it to indecency (a word I seldom use) as it skitters around almost S&M play (no sex) involving children, food eroticism and food fetishes.

Not for the youngsters, but highly recommended.
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The most recent posthumus collection from this Japanese author whose subjects span early-Westernization and more recent time periods, is startling, revealing, and tickles and senses. I recommend anything by Tanizaki, especially {book: They Key], A Cat, A Man, and Two Women.
Too much guro in the ero-guro.
A tasty potluck.
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Jun'ichiro Tanizaki (谷崎 潤一郎) was a Japanese author, one of the major writers of modern Japanese literature, and perhaps the most popular Japanese novelist after Natsume Sōseki.

Some of his works present a rather shocking world of sexuality and destructive erotic obsessions; others, less sensational, subtly portray the dynamics of family life in the context of the rapid changes in 20th-century Japa
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