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Some Prefer Nettles by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
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Jul 26, 10

liked it
bookshelves: my-year-of-books
Recommended to Jamie by: Bookman's
Recommended for: Olde Timey Japan Lovers
Read in July, 2010 — I own a copy , read count: 1

Misako is not necessarily a likable character and neither is Kaname, in fact he's downright boring and not to mention passive. Uncle Hideo has a bit of spunk but he's a very minor character. Hiroshi, like in the story, is mostly ignored. Didn't really care for Father or O-hisa either. So who's left? Toward the end Kaname visits a brothel and the characters introduced at that point are the most lifelike and interesting of the entire book. I was mostly bored during this book and I imagine life in 1920s puppet theater watching Japan was like that as well but as I was bored I sensed that maybe the characters were too, especially Misako.

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