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Some Prefer Nettles by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
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Dec 19, 07

Read in December, 2007

Written in 1929, Some Prefer Nettles contrasts traditional Japanese culture with modern, Westernized Japanese culture. The conflict centers around the main characters Kaname and his wife Misako, who, thinking of themselves as quite modern, proceed toward divorce. Their modernity, however, is only skin deep, and traditional attitudes prevent them from taking the final step. The other characters in the novel, and all the places, evoke either the traditional or the modern, and all exert their influence on the protagonists. Anyone with an interest in either Japanese culture or 20th-century fiction should enjoy this book.
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