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The Makioka Sisters by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
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Dec 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: library_books

I don't want to make this into a lengthy write up ... in a nutshell: I was drawn into this one, and was sorry to see it end (although the last few chapters did drag a bit). Those who've said "nothing happens" perplex me, as I'm usually quite sensitive about needing a moving plot to hang onto, and this one worked out fine.

In thinking about it, the story reminds me of La Casa de Bernarda Alba, where insistence on "proprieties" causes all sorts of problems. I couldn't help often wondering who'd survive the war, and what would become of them afterwards? One minor character heads off to the States "for a visit of a year or so" in 1941, so it's internment, followed by a ruined homeland for that one.

Definitely recommended!

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