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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
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Paperback, 201 pages
Published October 10th 2003 by Kodansha (first published 2001)
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Cristina
May 17, 2016 Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una disección espléndida del placer de comer. Lástima de tu machismo incurable, Tanizaki.

Una reseña, (atención, contiene spoiler), aquí: http://www.pandora-magazine.com/orien...
David
Jul 01, 2012 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: big-red-circle
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
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Alex Pler
Mar 28, 2016 Alex Pler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Otro relato deliciosamente perverso de Tanizaki. La búsqueda de nuevos placeres a cualquier precio.

Gran edición de Gallo Nero: la traducción, las ilustraciones y la calidad del papel son excelentes.
Alexander Páez
Jul 02, 2016 Alexander Páez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nihon, 2016
Divertida, ácida, crítica... Me gustaría haber visto la reacción de los lectores de la época cuando se publicó esta obra. Imagináis un club de varios japoneses ilustres, pero no hablan de literatura y filosofía, sino que comen. El protagonista, el Conde G, es un obsesionado por la comida (la buena) y esto le lleva a descubrir lugares y gente de lo más extravagante. La edición de Gallo Nero, además, es una delicia.
Ulises Lima
Apr 25, 2016 Ulises Lima rated it really liked it
paladar, a la recerca del plaer infinit, de la droga de la passió, hi ha límits?
Sever Gulea
Jul 15, 2014 Sever Gulea rated it really liked it
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
Rose-Ellen
Sep 17, 2015 Rose-Ellen rated it liked it
Shelves: china-or-japan
THE CHILDREN:
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.


THE SECRET:
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
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Eteocles
Jun 03, 2016 Eteocles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No solo es un libro que da mucho hambre, sino que la edición es preciosa, y es una bonita reflexión sobre hasta dónde estamos dispuestos a llegar para lograr aquello que nos proporciona placer.
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
Sae-chan
Aug 20, 2011 Sae-chan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japanese-writers
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.

Jerod Duris
Feb 21, 2016 Jerod Duris rated it it was amazing
One of my newest favorite authors, and surprisingly I found the book at St. Vincent de Paul in Port Washington. Reminiscent of Poe, Huysmans and Bataille.
Larry Brennan
Sep 14, 2013 Larry Brennan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, japan
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.
Laurel
Sep 23, 2007 Laurel added it
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.
Jazmin
Aug 16, 2008 Jazmin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too much guro in the ero-guro.
Geoffrey
Jun 04, 2007 Geoffrey rated it really liked it
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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