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Wind and Stone

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Mizue is a Japanese housewife. Kase is a garden designer hired by her husband to landscape their home. As the garden takes shape, Mizue wakens to a new sensuality and desire. A disturbing tale of seduction, based on Japanese aesthetics and the artistic pursuit of destructive beauty.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Stone Bridge Press (first published June 1st 1992)
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Praj
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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“You are a stone”, said Kase, smoking a cigarette after they had made love.
“I think you are the stone”, replies Mizue without opening her eyes.
“No, I’m more like the wind. I could never be a stone.”


Rapt in wonder the stone deliberates the lightness of the wind. The subtle windy caress arouses a sense of vitality. The stone sewed up in permanence yearns for an escape from its prosaic settings, rousing at the existence of the wind. The imminent chaos blowing over the passage of the wind, gusts t
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Gertrude & Victoria
Jan 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: japanese-library
Wind and Stone is an intriguing, as well as, disquieting story of sexual awakening. This story might interest western readers who are unfamiliar with the Japanese Zen Garden, which is used as a metaphor for this awakening.

Tachihara Masaaki explores the depth of human psychology through man's primal desires. He brilliantly creates moods of extreme tension and restlessness in the main character of Mizue who falls for, Kase, the landscape architect and designer who is hired by her husband.

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Stephen Douglas Rowland
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Honestly, I barely made it through the first half of this novel, with its dry language, heavy-handed metaphors, and awkward sensuality. But once it put its characters under a microscope and revealed more about their psychology in their impossible situation, I was hooked. It becomes dark, and very upsetting. My qualms with the language could be the result of an inadequate translation.
Jason Leary
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Incredibly sad, sensual, and powerful.
Sae-chan
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: japanese-writers
One star for the story. Additional two stars for the garden philosophy.
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