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  • 痴人の愛 Chijin no Ai
  • Junichirō Tanizaki
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  • 13 May 2018
  • 9780865474574

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痴人の愛 Chijin no Ai review õ 103 Y from the seamy underbelly of post World War I Tokyo and to mold her into his ideal wife But when the two come together to indulge their shared passion for Western culture Joji discovers that Naomi is far from being the naïve girl of his fantasies and his passion. I write this with my experience as an Asian woman and my connection to South Korea in mind but the broader fascination of the West that presents itself in Naomi is something that piued my interest in this novel A cursory examination of Jun ichir Tanizaki s Naomi will undoubtedly perturb readers a novel that centres on the protagonist Joji s unhealthy obsession with 15 year old Naomi Yes people have likened it to Lolita This is thematically an easy way to draw parallels between the two works but this is not enough The two should be able to stand alone in their literary value Some may start to loathe both characters as a psychological tit for tat unravels between the two but I have come to realise that reading for pleasure might involve suspending your deconstructive skills However my English major and English teacher self couldn t help but analyse and read into all the intricacies of this novel And whilst I think it is okay to read for immersion eually it is the broader concepts and ideas that can be taken away from a novel that can only make us better readers and humans Naomi was Tanizaki s first fiction novel and the original title Chijin no Ai translates into A Fool s Love Very loosely the novel is about the protagonist s obsessive fascination with Naomi Naomi epitomises what Joji sees as the Western idealisation of beauty seeking to mould her into the perfect image of western influences through fashion beauty Western bodily ideals and form dancing and learning English Naomi has the majestic physiue of a Westerner her hands are not weak and fragile she has covetable white skin There is a laugh out loud section in the novel where Naomi talks of doing the laundry and if she was to engage in this her fingers would get fat I won t be able to play the piano What is it you called me Your treasure What ll you do if my hands get all fat And this is precisely what makes Naomi a stand alone It is the mocking and satirical humour of Tanizaki that I think gets lost in people s aversion to the content of the novel Much of the critiue that Tanizaki is alluding to is as important to understand what he is trying to achieve aesthetically in Naomi Joji as the narrator is self referential and metafictional he directly addresses his readers and preempts our reactions As the novel progresses the powerplay between Naomi and Joji amplifies and Joji realises the manipulation and deception of Naomi that he cannot fashion her into his own image and she cannot be pinned down so easily and arguably acts autonomously of Joji s flattery and objectification He oscillates from derision and aversion to enchantment which may irritate the reader but I think ultimately makes the novel so attune to the psychological I could continue to pick apart the novel and I have only brushed the surface but read this is you re interested in 1920s Japan power relations between the genders the psychology of relationships body fetishisation egos jealousy reconstructing and rethinking bodies The metal planet relationship A study of celestial influence relationships body fetishisation egos jealousy Lord Tedric Alien Realms A star book reconstructing and 6 Verses That Can Change Your Life rethinking bodies

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痴人の愛 Chijin no Ai review õ 103 Na o mi The three syllables of this name unusual in 1920s Japan captivate a 28 year old engineer who soon becomes infatuated with the girl so named a teenaged café waitress Drawn to her Eurasian features and innocent demeanor Joji is eager to whisk young Naomi awa. One twothree The nimble feet glide effortlessly to the choreographed beats smooth flowing movements inviting the grace of the translucent skin embracing the rhythmic spin the soft camellia lips flutter in couettish whispersthe extravagance of the feline eyes prosper in the richness of the silk delicately stretched on the supple breasts swaying the vile sensuality on the genteel dance floors of El Dorado The music stops The moist palm slips away from the slender waist To the shrill of an encore the music begins again There she goes groaned the man hunched on a chair in a forlorn corner There she goesMy Mary Pickfordmy treasured diamondmy Nao chan Everyone called her Nao chan When I asked about it one day I learned that her real name was Naomi written with three Chinese characters A splendid name I thought written in Roman letters it could be a Western name The allure of the child woman in the cafes of Ginza pristine not yet polluted by worldly malevolence animates the humdrum existence of Kawai Joji a twenty something engineer For the inhibited gentleman brimming with social insecurities Nao chan was a barren canvas waiting to be painted in the Western flamboyancy The lost young bird becomes a valued pet to a man who yearns to release his inadeuacies and long harboured dreams of acceptance in social hierarchy a far cry from the social currency of being a discomfited country bumpkin To say that Joji fell in love with Naomi at the very first instance is overturned by the potent magnetism of Joji being besotted by the mere Westernized ring to the name Naomi and the recurrent comparison to his beloved Mary Pickford The faint shades of addiction to Naomi leisurely climb the monochromatic ladder of obsession for Western culture and to rectify personal shortcomings by moulding oneself through the physicality of a new adored maturing body overpowered by behavioural prism Fixated on the aura of screen idols like Gloria Swanson Mary Pickford and the gratification derived from the adhered chimera of Western lifestyles Joji s aspiration to create a Westernized prototype thrives on his worship of the Naomi s lithe sexuality and adolescent psyche The preposterous dream fostering the hedonism of Western culture sparkling with an exotic power and glamour becomes a gateway to lessen Joji s incompetence in trying to fit in a changing world My heart was a battleground for the conflicting emotions of disappointment and love The naive bird flapped its wings eager to fly in the air of modernity burgeoning desires outgrew the monotony of the modest birdcage and the avian wonder surpassed the wit of the benefactor Naomi s maturity evoked through the exactness of a Eurasian woman embodies the cultural vagueness perceived by the society confronted by the practise of two polarised lifestyles in a homogenous subsistence Irrationality of love coupled with uncouth fascination and social uselessness deepens the sensibilities of love and lust encircling the predicament of chastity Would I call Joji a decent man Is he the illustrious Humbert to the seditious Lolita The imminent answers seem to be modified under the existing challenges of Joji modifying his young love into a woman who sparkles through the lens of modernity Joji s loyalty to Naomi is well accounted for yet his fondness charts an egotistical naturalness that accompanies the reins of addiction ensnared by the collision of two different worlds encompassing two dissimilar sexes The greatest weakness of Japanese women is that they lack confidence As a result they look timorous compared to the Western women For the modern beauty an Intelligent uick witted expressions and attitude are important than lovely features The wide reaching ideology of modan gaaru or mo ga highly structured within Tanizaki s prose becomes the crucial dais depicting the bemusement over accommodating two vastly different cultures minimizing the social gap between the Eastern and Western civilizing standardizations Tanizaki illuminates the 1920 s Japanese society booming in the modernity of the so called Jazz age thronged with the flapper generation The bourgeoisie consumerism reflected through the chic standard of living and the indispensable liberation from a traditionalist society Joji s predicament over Naomi s nurtured polymorphous personality signifies the broad spectrum chaos revolving around the exposure to Westernization and the adherence to the peripheral illusion that the Western world brings to the unacuainted Joji s hypocritical stance flashes through his fear of the Naomi s Westernised demeanour and the lack of adherence to conservative dogmas Joji becomes a classic case of men who desire their women to acuire the Western cultural essence prearranging the ways which still dominate the conservative home grown cultural norms restricting the operational lifestyle to egoistical desires The battle of sexes emerging from the volatile deliberations between emancipation of love vs of emancipation of sexual desires overpowers the relationship coordination of Joji and Naomi disuieting the balance of power between the societal gradation in dominance of man and the subservience of a woman Joji s uncertainties on losing his own individuality in the domination of Naomi s rambunctious feral persona and reverting back to the age old Japanese s is plausible however I ponder the favourable possibility of the stakes being reversed crucially legitimizing a of an old fashioned attitude The irresistible appeal to the coined Naoism embodies cultural ambiguity unearthing the recognition of power and essence of sensuality engulfing the desire to fit in a Western lifestyle The precious sacred ground of her skin had been imprinted forever with the muddy tracks of two thieves The stance of promiscuity lurks from the multifarious triad of sexuality eroticism and romance Sexual autonomy exercised by Naomi on the realization of her sexual desires embryonic within her feminine voluptuousness is labelled as the vulgar peril of the Western culture Tanizaki cautiously cultivates the ascending nature of sexuality through vivid subtleties of eroticisms Joji s ritual of bathing Naomi the foreplay imitations of horseback rides insinuating sexual prowess and the pleasure derived from shaving her body carves a narrow alley that houses fragile residential berths of sexual duplicity The concept of sexual perversion intimately associates with sexual emancipation with vulgarity taking a high stand in the delusion of the Western vices Satirically the term harlot coagulates the sexist pigeonhole of gender specific terminology Tanizaki once again highlights the uandary faced in the patriarchal society where sexual freedom is viewed as a man s prerogative the same courtesy bestowed in gender supremacyThe ample urge of social and not personal modification in the cultural demeanour and reception signifies the puzzlement of a society and its populace jammed in between the recklessness of half wit sensitivity to the liberation of a foreign culture and the reluctance to the claustrophobic existence in the home grown conventional dogmas Joji along with Naomi are Tanizaki s treasured pictograms of a nascent mentality gripping the loose ends of two miscellaneous worlds balancing the societal dispute of rank peculiarities gender discrepancies and cultural practices There s nothing to be done when one loses confidence in one s self Tanizaki s poised pr cis lay bare the vicious dominance of love when inundated in the vigour of passionate compulsion dissolves the fragile individuality of the one who helms the reins of obsession fearing the annihilation of the everlasting love mirage The infantilized mode discovered a twisted yet amorous sense of belonging irrespective to conjugal distortion and consensual acuiescence I m in love with Naomi Ms NaomifoolishGeorge the photographic illustrations are captured from the inspired movie Chijin no ai A Fool s Love 1967 The metal planet relationship A study of celestial influence reception signifies the puzzlement of a society and its populace jammed in between the Lord Tedric Alien Realms A star book recklessness of half wit sensitivity to the liberation of a foreign culture and the 6 Verses That Can Change Your Life reluctance to the claustrophobic existence in the home grown conventional dogmas Joji along with Naomi are Tanizaki s treasured pictograms of a nascent mentality gripping the loose ends of two miscellaneous worlds balancing the societal dispute of No Limits Brutal Master #2 rank peculiarities gender discrepancies and cultural practices There s nothing to be done when one loses confidence in one s self Tanizaki s poised pr cis lay bare the vicious dominance of love when inundated in the vigour of passionate compulsion dissolves the fragile individuality of the one who helms the Lets Be Just Friends Just Friends #1 reins of obsession fearing the annihilation of the everlasting love mirage The infantilized mode discovered a twisted yet amorous sense of belonging irrespective to conjugal distortion and consensual acuiescence I m in love with Naomi Ms NaomifoolishGeorge the photographic illustrations are captured from the inspired movie Chijin no ai A Fool s Love 1967

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痴人の愛 Chijin no Ai review õ 103 Descends into a comically helpless masochismA literary masterpiece that helped to establish Junichiro Tanizaki as Japan's greatest novelist Naomi is both a hilarious story of one man's obsession and torment and a brilliant evocation of a nation's cultural confusio. The literal translation of the original would be Idiot s Love but this might not sound very attractive to English speaking people Idiotic Love or Foolish Love might work but using the main female character s name is an acceptable alternative I read this in Japanese and I am not familiar with any of the English translation It looks like there are several translations but I don t see translator s name on some editions here on GR so it s hard to tell I guess it s hard to appreciate a book that was written almost a century ago in another country I see the book intro says hilarious story but the book is not meant to be funny At least back when this was written the story was completely serious Silly foolish yes But not hilarious not comical Obsessive yes And sad Readers might benefit from reading the same author s In Praise of Shadows to better understand the background culture of this novel