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Mukoda's wonderful stories vividly present the strengths and sorrows of modern Japanese women.--Gail Tsukiyama "Superbly rendered into English."--Publishers Weekly
Paperback, 152 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Stone Bridge Press (first published September 1st 1994)
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David B
There is a fairly silly comment in the Publisher's Weekly review that Kuniko Mukoda's stories "mix Eastern tradition with Western values." Another reviewer has stated that this short story collection will demonstrate how little Westerners understand Japanese society. I couldn't disagree more. The late Mukoda wrote closely observed stories about domestic dilemmas set in Japan of the 60s and 70s. Although there are naturally references to Japanese traditions and cultural practices, I did not find...more
Kate
Feb 12, 2009 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kate by: Japanese Consulate librarian
Quick. Very visual, like watching episodes. A little sad, sometimes a little disturbing, but usually satisfying. Most concern the Japanese middle class, infidelities, arrogance, and nostalgia. Especially enjoyed "Manhattan", "The Doghouse", and "Triangular Chop".
David Bonesteel
There is a fairly silly comment in the Publisher's Weekly review that Kuniko Mukoda's stories "mix Eastern tradition with Western values." Another reviewer stated that this short story collection will demonstrate how little Westerners understand Japanese society. I couldn't disagree more. The late Mukoda wrote closely observed stories about domestic dilemmas set in Japan of the 60s and 70s. Although there are naturally references to Japanese traditions and cultural practices, I did not find them...more
David
Reading "Triangular Chop" was exactly like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPudp4...

I loved it. Extra star.

All of the other stories were solid three stars. I thought that I could probably get as much from a Banana Yoshimoto.
Sae-chan
The past will catch up with you. No matter how you try to forget, you try to run away, you try to alter it. It will definitely come.

Nothing remarkable out of these stories, though.
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