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The Makioka Sisters by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
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Aug 29, 2011

really liked it
Read in August, 2011

I found myself engrossed by this book and its portrayal of upper class Japanese life just before World War II. I feel as though I know all of the main characters personally. The pacing was sometimes a little strange. Some passages would be long and elaborate in their descriptions of a single moment or thought, and then some passages would stuff a great deal of action into a very small space. The ending felt a little abrupt, as though once the central question was answered, anything more would be too much. I would recommend this book to someone who likes novels of manners, and to someone who likes to read about other cultures.

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