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Sawako Ariyoshi (1931–1984)

Autor(a) de The Doctor's Wife

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About the Author

Ariyoshi Sawako is a novelist concerned with social issues, the position of women among them, although some of her earlier works were less topical. Her recent novels have been bestsellers in Japan. (Bowker Author Biography)

Obras de Sawako Ariyoshi

The Doctor's Wife (1966) 187 cópias
The River Ki (1964) 187 cópias
The Twilight Years (1972) 181 cópias
Le miroir des courtisanes (1962) 23 cópias
不信のとき 4 cópias
青い壺 (1980) 3 cópias
真砂屋お峰 (1976) 3 cópias
助左衛門四代記 (1965) 3 cópias
海暗 2 cópias
江口の里 2 cópias
女館 2 cópias
女弟子 2 cópias
閉店時間 2 cópias
和宮様御留 2 cópias
地唄 2 cópias
芝桜 上 2 cópias
私は忘れない (1971) 2 cópias
芝桜 上巻 2 cópias
芝桜 下 2 cópias
芝桜 下巻 2 cópias
針女 2 cópias
断弦 2 cópias
木瓜の花 下 2 cópias
非色 2 cópias
有田川 2 cópias
三婆 (1977) 2 cópias
夕陽カ丘三号館 下 (1975) 2 cópias
夕陽カ丘三号館 上 (1975) 2 cópias
母子変容 下 (1984) 2 cópias
一の糸 (1974) 2 cópias
母子変容 上 (1984) 2 cópias
仮縫 (1985) 2 cópias
更紗夫人 (1985) 2 cópias
連舞 (1979) 2 cópias
木瓜の花 上 (1981) 2 cópias
複合汚染〈下〉 1 exemplar(es)
複合汚染〈上〉 1 exemplar(es)
鬼怒川 [Kinugawa] 1 exemplar(es)
女館 1 exemplar(es)
非色 [Hishoku] 1 exemplar(es)
Hishoku (1967) 1 exemplar(es)
複合汚染 下 (1975) 1 exemplar(es)
Midaremai (1993) 1 exemplar(es)
和宮様御留 (講談社文庫) (1981) 1 exemplar(es)
複合汚染 上 (1975) 1 exemplar(es)
複合汚染 (新潮文庫) (1979) 1 exemplar(es)
かみながひめ 1 exemplar(es)

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Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Ариеси, Савако
Nome de batismo
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Wakayama City, Japan
Local de falecimento
Tokyo, Japan
Locais de residência
Wakayama City, Japan
Tokyo Women's Christian College
Sarah Lawrence College
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (1959)



Toyono, Hana, Fumio y Hanako. Cuatro generaciones de mujeres y una única constante en sus vidas: el fluir de las aguas de un río que las ha visto nacer, crecer y convertirse en esposas, madres, abuelas… y a las más jóvenes también en mujeres trabajadoras.

En su viaje hacia el océano, el Ki —corto, vertiginoso y ancho como la mayoría de los ríos nipones— atraviesa un paisaje de montañas y pueblos, presas y arrozales donde imperan las leyes y costumbres del Japón más tradicional. Entre finales del siglo XIX y mediados del XX, casi sesenta años de historia quedan fijados en las delicadas páginas de esta bellísima saga familiar: el fin de la era Meiji, la guerra sino-japonesa, la Segunda Guerra Mundial y su devastadora estela… Grandes acontecimientos que van dejando huella en la vida cotidiana de estas cuatro mujeres, divididas entre la tradición y la modernidad, cuyas historias y decisiones conforman un retrato elegante y certero de la situación de la mujer en Japón.

Una novela sobre la sabiduría, el amor, el legado, las tragedias y la emancipación, los modelos que queremos perpetuar y los que es necesario abolir.
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bibliotecayamaguchi | outras 3 resenhas | Oct 20, 2022 |
Set in the late 18th century in rural Japan, this novel is a fictionalized version of the life of an actual physician who developed the first general anesthetic long before Western medicine got around to that. The story is told from his wife's POV. From girlhood, Kae had admired the serenely beautiful Otsugi, wife of an esteemed country doctor, and mother of a promising young man studying medicine in Kyoto. When Otsugi approaches Kae's family requesting that they agree to marriage between Kae and her son, there is some reluctance, but eventually the match is arranged, and Kae goes to live in the Hanaoka household to await her new husband's return from his studies. Otsugi treats Kae as a beloved daughter, until Seishu comes home. Then, the mother-in-law begins throwing obstacles in the path of the young couple's relationship, setting up a competitive atmosphere that will last for decades. The elder Dr. Hanaoka soon dies, and Seishu takes over the role of respected local medical man. He also embarks on extensive research into the use of plant extracts to create pain-killing medicines and anesthetics, experimenting on animals, and eventually even on his mother and his wife, who vie with great determination to be his first human subject. Fascinating glimpse into Japanese family life of the time, as well as the state of medical practice before the human body was completely understood. (It was believed that a woman's breasts were vital organs, and that any attempt at surgery on them would prove fatal. When a local woman was gored by a bull and certain to bleed to death, Seishu proved this belief a fallacy by surgically repairing the damage, and saving the woman's life.) The ending of the novel dissolves into a factual presentation of the final events of the lives of Seishu, his mother and his wife, abandoning any attempt at story-telling. But this is a matter of a few pages, and while abrupt, it did not hurt my enjoyment overall.… (mais)
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laytonwoman3rd | outras 4 resenhas | Dec 30, 2021 |
This Japanese novel was originally published in 1972, but many aspects felt very much from today. The novel follows Akiko a middle-aged wife and mother whose father-in-law becomes senile and his care falls to Akiko. So many themes here--taking care of the elderly, quality of life and indignities in aging, the sandwich generation, how care responsibility often falls on women, and the bewilderment of the system of elder care. I would be reading along in this novel and would learn a bit about Japanese culture in he 20th century only to then be struck by Akiko's story and how familiar it felt to the experience here in the US in the 21st century.

This wasn't exactly a feel-good novel. In fact, it dredged up a whole lot of feelings and made want to give my brother a hug for all he does for our mother in Southern California every day. And this book also made me re-experience that year of bewilderment and pain our family had when Mom fell ill and we had to make the decision to put her in a senior home. A piece of advice--get your parent a good geriatric attorney to help you sort everything out. I'll be visiting her here in just a few weeks. For years, I called my Mom every single day but she is at that point now where she can't call me anymore, and if I talk to her on the phone she won't stay on for long. This summer I visited I had the opportunity to sit with her for a couple of hours, and it was the first time in a long time that we seemed to have a real conversation like we did for so many years. I miss my Mom. And I take a little comfort from some scenes with Akiko that sometimes you just need to hold on to these small moments--one where she finds her father-in-law looking at a beautiful magnolia blossom or the small joy he gets from watching a bird they buy him.
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auldhouse | outras 8 resenhas | Sep 30, 2021 |
The strength of this book is as a family saga that broadly focuses on three generations of women. It paints the life of a family living through the tumultuous Meiji era. Although its prose flows quite smoothly, it doesn't have a discernible plot and the narrative distance from its characters is substantial. Therefore, those who like a more intimate connection with their characters might be disappointed.

(Side note: This is the era of my grandparents who were also farmers. I saw some cultural similarities between aspects of the book and my family's life like persimmons and grafting fruit trees.)… (mais)
quantum.alex | outras 3 resenhas | May 31, 2021 |



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