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Twinkle Twinkle by Kaori Ekuni
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Mar 20, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: japanese-library

Twinkle Twinkle by Ekuni Kaori is a woman's story, told from a two perspectives, Shoko, a young female translator, and Mutsuki, her husband doctor, alternating from chapter to chapter. This dual person perspective is not really two different and conflicting or contrasting views, but one, from two marginally different angles. The story lacks natural external conflict (among other things,) which made for an unexciting read. To compensate Ekuni creates conflict through Shoko, the main character; she struggles with herself, her husband, and her best friend, but all this seems forced and awkward.

The character of Shoko is not easy to like. She is an over-emotional, hyper-sensitive, selfish woman that expects too much from life, which makes her all too artificial - a crude caricature of modern feminine weakness. Her impulsive outbursts are tiring; she cries for comfort. Her husband Mutsuki, like all stereotypical, good, gay men, never gets upset with her - the model of exemplary behavior for today's young men.

The story lacks an essential element: a workable premise. The idea of a successful sexless-marriage, based on platonic love, between a queer man and an odd woman is interesting enough as an idea, but too difficult to accept as decent, workable fiction, at least here. ("Successful and sexless" seems contradictory and farfetched.) Ekuni writes well enough and the climax is interesting, but these can not make up for a weak premise. Hence, the story seems shallow and contrived.

Maybe I missed something that a more sensitive person would not have failed to notice.
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