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Beauty in Disarray

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  27 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Noe Ito came of age during Japan's Taisho era (1912-26), a period of widespread unrest and radical change. Beauty in Disarray is Ito's thrilling story. Her life touches on emotions including alienation, rebellion, passion and persecution, all in twenty-eight short years. She was married three times and gave birth to seven children; she was at the centre of a scandal when a ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Tuttle Publishing (first published August 15th 1993)
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Redfox5
Did I like Noe Ito - No. Did I like the book - yes!

Noe was a fascinating character, a person I had never heard of before. And in all honestly I've never even thought about a feminist movement in Japan. I really didn't like her as a person but her life was pretty interesting so you don't need to like her to enjoy her story. At first I got where she was coming from, who wants to be forced into an arranged marriage? She stood her ground and managed to get out of that and marry the man she actuall
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Olivia
Aug 05, 2009 rated it liked it
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kata pembukanya bilang bahwa kecantikan ada di ketidaksempurnaan, kalau ada yang cantik sempurna maka sesuatu itu adalah palsu. novel itu bercerita tentang kehidupan Noe Ito, seorang perempuan yang berhasrat tinggi untuk mengangkat derajat kaumnya. kesukaannya membaca. lain daripada perempuan Jepang pada zaman Taisho (saat itu), ia tidak suka berurusan dengan kerjaan rumah. menurutnya, perempuan tidak bisa maju kalau terus-menerus dikekang urusan domestik semacam itu.

di buku itu juga diceritakan
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S.
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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8 ratings, 2 reviews.

I've found the most obscure book on Goodreads! hahaha

biography of Noe Ito, socialist-anarchist-feminist in Taisho Japan. (Taisho being the liberal democratic period between the Meiji and Showa)

a b-list celebrity. or of course that description if BS. a radical feminist socialist anarchist reformer!

some people can never resign themselves to reality !




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noe_Ito

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Patricia Cotter
Aug 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Got off to a good start, easy to read but odd abrupt ending.
AmaLia
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
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SurprisingLy this is quite an 'easy' read, but I don't think that I Learned anything from it. And the ending is weird.
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The three star review I'm giving here is not a reflection of the book's quality. It's a reflection of the fact that this is a very specialized work of fiction. if you are not interested in the subculture of anarchist thought that existed in the early part of the twentieth century in Japan, this book will probably not appeal to you. But if you are, this novel provides a fascinating peek into a part of political life at the time that really hasn't seen much discussion outside of that country. Give ...more
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Birth name Harumi Setouchi (瀬戸内 晴美).

After taking the tonsure in a Buddhist order, now known as Jakucho Setouchi (瀬戸内 寂聴).

She has publications under both names.