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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press (May 4, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824821874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824821876
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roger K. Thomas is associate professor at Illinois State University, where he teaches Japanese language and culture. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jadepearl VINE VOICE on August 11, 2000
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Not as bold and daring as _Masks_ or the _Waiting Years_ it still shows Enchi's sure command of displaying the tensions between women and her scholar's knowledge of Japanese literature.
It is the simple tale of an Empress, Teishi, beautiful and serene, being displaced in the political machinations of Court. It is a simple story with complex characters surrounding this almost too perfect figure caught in the tides of politics. There is no great tension except in the personal thoughts of the characters because the doom is already known.
This book is geared more for the reader who is very aware of Japanese literature -- it's conventions, symbology and style. If you are a student of the literature than this novel has a greater resononance. Due to the fact that Enchi has done the modern thing of blurring the lines of truth and fantasy while remianing true to the voice of ancient literature, such as the _The Tale of Genji_.
Enchi in this piece has decided to give voice and greater depth to the Empress Teishi and show the power politics in Fujiwara Japan. She does this by intermixing "commentary" and translated text. It is a masterly feat in the Japanese to combine modern Japanese with the courtly language of 11th century Japan and show a deep knowledge of the Chinese and Japanese literature of that time.
Enchi provides more rounded male characters in this novel than in _Masks_ though they still do not come out very well. The best that can be said is that the men who love Teishi are ineffectual while the regent, her political enemy, are spiderlike in their machinations.
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