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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars. An Engrossing Tale of Fatal Attraction, 13 Aug 2011
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This novel is a marvellous work of literary fiction where the author, Junichiro Tanizaki, eloquently weaves a sinuous story of passion, deceit, corruption, manipulation and human suffering into a gripping and fascinating novel. This book drew me in from its opening paragraph and kept me hooked until I had finished the last page.

The story revolves around Sonoko Kakiuchi, a cultured, married woman and, in a first person narrative, relates the unsettling story of her infatuation with a beautiful, young woman, Mitsuko. However, this novel is not (thankfully) just a story of a love affair between two women, it is so much more. I do not know whether this story is an accurate depiction of relationships between Japanese people in the 1920s, or whether it is mostly the work of a fertile imagination - it would take someone more knowledgeable of Japanese culture than I to answer this - but I do feel that the story itself transcends culture and gender. As the story progresses, Mitsuko becomes increasingly enigmatic and then, as the convoluted human drama unrolls, we need to ask ourselves how reliable is Sonoko as a narrator - how fragile has her grip on reality become? Do read this and decide for yourself.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!, 20 May 2014
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Read this whilst travelling around Japan and absolutely loved it! Fantastic writing, great story full of deceit and passion. Highly recommended!
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