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The Life of an Amorous Man by Saikaku Ihara
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bookshelves: classics, 2008, fiction, japanese-literature, own, male-author, male-protagonist
Read in January, 2008

Saikaku is well known for his then-risque portrayals of the ukiyo - the floating world - of shogunal Japan. This particular book follows the life of a lustful merchant named Yonosuke, "man of the world." It is filled with harlots, courtesans, destitutes and the rich. Like most classical Japanese literature, it only alludes to liasons, discarding explicit phrasing for what the mind must produce. Despite this rather sore (to modern views) lack of scintillating sex, it's still an enjoyable read.
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