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As a young girl from a wealthy family, Ginko Ogino seems set for a conventional life in the male-dominated society of 19th-century Japan. But when she contracts gonorrhea from her husband, she suffers thedisgrace of divorce. Forced to bear the humiliation of being treated by male doctors, she resolves to become a doctor herself in order to treat fellow female sufferers and...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Alma Books (first published 1970)
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David
It's a strangely presented story. The chick-lit cover was fairly annoying, and then Jun'ichi Watanabe seems to relish giving his Gin a sometimes strange and sometimes unpleasant character without really indicating why or setting anything in context. Did he secretly really hate her? Is he hoping to demolish a feminist icon? If I was Watanabe, I'd have written Gin as a sort of Melanie from Gone with the Wind. Everyone loves Melanie, don't they? Not that I think she's a feminist icon! But she is a...more
Tara Chevrestt
This is a very well written and entertaining account of Japan's first woman doctor and her struggles to become one. The story starts with Ginko leaving her husband and returning to her parent's with gnorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease, courtesy of the husband. Back then, there was no cure so Ginko suffered much. She seeks medical treatment and realizes the dire need for women doctors after undergoing the uncomfortable and rather degrading physical exams performed by male doctors. Unfortunat...more
Just A. Bean
A fictionalised biography of Ginko Ogino, the first female doctor of Western medicine in Japan; it follows her from the failure of her marriage at age nineteen through to her death at sixty two. I really liked this as a biography, and it certainly showed her strengths and flaws and how they grew out of each other, like how the perfectionism that got her through medical school and exams made her unsympathetic and even intolerant of those who weren't as brilliant. I enjoyed the attention to histor...more
Kalika
This semi-fictionalised biography of Ginko Ogina, the first woman medical doctor in Japan falls in between a historical novel and proper biography. The first half or so of the book tells us the story of the struggles of Ginko against her family and the society at large as she pursues with an admirable determination her aim to become a trained and licensed female doctor. One can empathise with her as she overcomes the physical pain and shame of being infected by gonorrhea through her husband to f...more
Doug
This had an interesting idea behind it: telling the story of Japan's first woman doctor, but by page 12, I decided it was worth throwing in the towel.

I'm not very familiar with Japanese novels, so I'm not sure if opening with pre-industrial rural idyll wordporn is a trope or not, but it didn't do much for me (nor really seemed necessary at all). As I understand it, the novel (biography?) is supposed to be about Gin's struggle to become a doctor in a male-dominated, patriarchal Japan. I get, ther...more
Francisco
Cuanto me hubiera gustado conocer a esta mujer. Su coraje, su afán de superación y su total determinación a romper barreras y a cambiar la historia. Un libro muy recomendable del que todos podemos sacar valiosas lecciones.
AmaLia
The first haLf was interesting, but The later part about Christianity and missionaries was quite boring.
destinugrainy
Gin Ogino menikah dengan seorang petani kaya pada umur 16 tahun. Pernikahan ini dianggap sebagai suatu keberuntungan bagi keluarga besar Ogino. Akan tetapi ketika Gin pulang ke rumah keluarganya dan meninggalkan suaminya, semua orang jadi bertanya-tanya. Apalagi kepulangan Gin disertai rumor bahwa Gin sedang sakit. Kenyataannya Gin memang sedang sakit saat meninggalkan suaminya. Dia menderita gonorrhoea (suatu penyakit seksual menular) yang didapatkannya dari suaminya. Bukan hanya karena penyaki...more
Arkian Widi
“Maksud saya, mengatasi kemiskinan , sistem sosial, dan adat jauh lebih mendesak daripada membuat kemajuan dalam perawatan medis,” – ginko (hal. 287)

Ada banyak kisah hidup perjuangan perempuan di dunia melawan patriarki, dan yang bermain cantik salahsatunya adalah Ginko Ogino (1851-1913). Mengidap penyakit yang begitu aib tidak membuatnya menyerah pada keadaan. Apa yang tidak mematikan malah membuatnya kian kuat. Sakit dan perih melecutnya menjadi seseorang dengan profesi terhormat, di mana bel...more
Dion Yulianto
Aku akan menjadi dokter! Lihat saja nanti! (hlm 66)

Impian untuk menjadi dokter mungkin bukan sesuatu yang luar biasa saat ini, meskipun tetap saja bukan hal yang mudah untuk bisa mencapainya. Kepandaian, ketekunan, rasa welas asih dan kemanusiaan, serta dompet yang tebal dibutuhkan sebelum seorang calon dokter bisa membuka praktiknya. Setiap orang, pria dan wanita, yang mampu dan sanggup memiliki kesempatan yang sama. Kasusnya berbeda dengan di Jepang pada peralihan antara abad 18 dan 19. Kala...more
Jo at Jaffareadstoo
Oct 16, 2009 Jo at Jaffareadstoo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jo at Jaffareadstoo by: newbooks magazine
Based on a true story, Ginko Ogino returns to her family having been infected with gonorrhoea by her husband. Her humiliating treatment by the medical establishment prompts her to embark upon an epic mission to become a doctor, so that… “I and countless other women will be saved from terrible shame.”
Medical training for women in 19th century Japan simply did not exist, but undeterred Ginko battled her way through the medical establishment, overcoming terrible discrimination and family shame in o...more
Liss Martz
I give this book two stars because it's a biography about the first woman who became a doctor in Japan. Ginko Ogino. Fictional, yet a biography.

It's hard to imagine a world when opportunities were prohibited for women. That every action be pointed at us like something good or bad. That you have to marry at 15 years old. Without love. But that world really existed. I'm so sad just thinking about it. Even in this "modern" world, as women we still fight to have a place, there are lots of people fi...more
Bookmaniac70
When I took up this book, I hoped it would be good but didn`t expect I was going to like it so much. First of all,the story and life of Ginko Ogino is simply amazing. After contracting gonorrhoea from her husband, she leaves him and returns to her family home- something unthinkable in those days. Badly suffering from her disease and the humiliation brought by her situation, Ginko decides to become a doctor,so that she can treat ill women like her. Although her mother was very fond of her, the fa...more
Shermaine
Well written book that combines a life story and life in the past. An inspirational book that made me really engrossed in it. A storyline that is unique and brings faith to those that read it. Truly enjoyable read.
refgoddess
I found the first 50 pages entrancing: despite the spare language, this world of 19th century Japan was vivid, and the characters fascinating. But then, I saw where it was going: she's going to become a doctor, she's going to have to fight all the way. Call me shallow, but I don't like reading about women fighting for their rights and those of other women. It irritates me that their creativity and strength has to be wasted like that. Yes, I know it's part of women's history, and in many ways, pa...more
Alisa
As a novel, not brilliant. But as a story, intriguing.

The story of Japan's first licensed female doctor, follows Ogino Ginko from her initial motivation to become a doctor (revenge, basically) through years of study and her attempts to overcome prejudice and bureaucracy to be allowed first to enter medical school, and then to sit for the licensing exam.

She runs a successful clinic in Tokyo for a number of years, but the last 3rd of the book veers into an interesting coda. She marries a young m...more
Pema Yangdon
It is based on true story about the first female Japanese doctor, Ginko Ogino. It is set during the Meiji period (1868-1912). It was the period during which the women's role was limited to working in the kitchen looking after her children and husband. The book narrates her struggles and triumph in her journey towards becoming a first female doctor in Japan. The pain, humiliation and courage it took for her to become a doctor in a male dominated profession back then is quite unimaginable to us, w...more
Rahmatika Febrianti
Merupakan novel yang sangat padat untuk merangkum seluruh kehidupan Ginko yang luar biasa dari masa muda sampai ia meninggal. Bila saya boleh mengistilahkan, novel ini berjalan 'tenang' ketika menceritakan kehidupan Ginko di sekolah kedokteran yang penuh tantangan. Namun berjalan sangat 'buru-buru' mulai dari bagian Ginko membuka praktik dokter. Rasanya bagian akhir novel ini sangat padat, kurang memberikan eksplorasi perasaan Ginko, hampir-hampir seperti menyebut kronik sejarah saja. Tapi seleb...more
Kristin
Wow, I am shocked that the average rating on this book was 3.3 stars. It had so much potential, but just fell short on so many fronts. The story is about the first (government licensed) female doctor in Japan. So it had a lot of potential to be inspiring! But the protagonist came across as not likeable at all, although I guess her accomplishments were impressive. The writing style was not very good. It was very simple and somewhat disjointed. Maybe that was because of the Japanese translation. A...more
Linda
The story of the first female doctor in Japan, fictionalized to add dialog and to fill in the gaps of what is known, kept my interest despite the writing being a bit wooden. From reading other Japanese work, that just seems to be the style of writing versus the lush show-don't tell American preference. Gingko forges a hard, independent path for a Japanese woman and you have to admire her inner strength and persistence, quite a feat in those days. The book gave insight to the hardships of women,...more
Indira Iljas
Bagus dan menginspirasi. Cuma sayang aja kenapa jodohnya berakhir spt itu ? -_-
Emily B
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Sicofonia
The storyline is quite predictable. However I liked the book because it introduced me the personality of Ginko Ogino, a woman ahead of her time who played an instrumental role in improving women's rights in the late XIX century in Japan.
NggiE


My first book bought from amazon UK, apparently the shipping fee was more expensive than its price. However the content itslef paid back my cost :D.

The two third of this book was very intriguing, but the one third was a bit boring. The story about a young woman in determination of being a doctor, which on that time being was very hard one. The struggling moments and the way hoe she survived were an encouragement.
Diane
Except for the last 2 or 3 chapters this was involving and interesting. The first Japanese woman physician. What she endured to start, then accomplish such a great accomplishment. The book seemed to run out of steam but perhaps this mirrored her life. After the great accomplishment she gets married and her life seemed to run out of steam but maybe that was the lesson of her life.
Summreen
Loved this book - the determination of the main character was outstanding and inspirational - and additionally to learn it is a true story from Japans history was great.

Discrimination against women seems to global. This was my first taste of Japanese culture and history.



Fachriany Umanailo
suatu kisah yang mengajarkanku bahwa ambisi yang ingin diraih haruslah berdasarkan keyakinan yang kuat, karena jika tidak maka hanya kesia-sian belaka yang didapat.....tetapi semakin besar ambisi itu sukses maka kita harus rela kehilangan sesuatu yang berharga bagimu!!
Jane
A story about the first Japanese woman doctor, the obstacles she had to go through to become a doctor as a woman in early 20th centuries of Japan - a society dominant by men then, fascinating character. Didn't like the ending....
Donna DeBoer
Very interesting book on the very first licensed female doctor in Japan. She was an amazing determined woman. This is a fiction story based on facts. I was so interested that I googled her and it was pretty close to the facts.
Mary
Enjoyed this book / interesting story especially as based on fact - well written but felt the last part of the book was not quite as gripping as the beginning .
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Junichi Watanabe (渡辺 淳一, born 1933) is a Japanese writer, known for his portrayal of extra-marital affairs of middle aged people. His 1997 novel A Lost Paradise became a bestseller in Japan and over Asia, and was made into a film and a tv miniseries. He has written more than 50 novels in total, and won awards including Naoki Prize in 1970 for Light and Shadow (Hikari to kage), New Current Coterie...more
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