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The Westernization of a Japanese bar girl spells trouble for her husband. "Charm, lucidity, fascination with perverse passion and relentless emotional honesty . . . are all here in subtle force," said PW.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Naomi is the first English translation of Tanizaki's first important novel (originally serialized in Japanese in 1924-25). It is a subtle adaptation to a Japanese setting of the basic story in Maugham's Of Human Bondage . Joji, the narrator, finds Naomi, a girl half his age, working in a cafe. He takes her to live with him, tries to groom her (with English and music lessons), indulges her whims, encourages her ``Western'' ways, and eventually marries her. She becomes a torment to him, but he is so obsessed with her that he tolerates even her infidelities as long as she will stay with him. The recurrent theme in Tanizaki's novels of the danger in sexual fascination may here represent a self-criticism of his youthful preoccupation with things Western. L. M. Lewis, Social Science Dept., Eastern Kentucky Univ., Richmond
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Unlike the other reviewers, I have a different take on this book. Although admittedly disturbing, it is a book about love. Read morePublished on June 28 2003
A fine novel. The premise may seem simple, but Tanizaki has an excellent ear for dialogue and an engaging style that'll pull you in and make you read the whole book before you know... Read morePublished on June 17 2002 by Angry Mofo
I must admit that this book is very well written. Yet, as the story continues to unfold, Naomi's manipulative, promiscuous treachery and Joji's dwindled assertion has you gagging... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2002
This is the first Tanizaki novel I've read, and I enjoyed it a greay deal, but I hate both of the main characters. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2002 by Daitokuji31