(E–book) [乳と卵] author Mieko Kawakami

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S a hostess in an industry that seeks ever younger She s feeling self conscious about her post pregnancy body rowing older and wants to et cosmetic surgery to look young Midoriko thinks all of this is disgusting She finds aging terrifying and the inevitability young Midoriko thinks all of this is disgusting She finds aging terrifying and the inevitability it combined with her own powerlessness has essentially led to her taking a vow of silence with her motherThe first half of this book is much better than the second half I really enjoyed the unconventional family dynamic and all of the issues that were being presented something that s incredibly relevant in Japan with women demanding autonomy in a society that has historically repressed them One thing that may trigger readers is the way a character who might or might not be transgender is addressed This is a translated work and I m not really familiar with the way that people who are transgender in Japan identify themselves so it s possible that this is a language barrier thing but the way it is written people of Western audiences may see it as intentional misgenderingThe second half of the book is a bit tedious It takes place I want to say 5 10 years in the future Midoriko is no longer in middle school now she s a young woman in college Makiko is in her late forties and Natsuko is younger early forties I think and now a successful author who has decided that yes she does want children after all and is looking into artificial inseminationThis is a very interesting book and I do appreciate the issues it brings to the table but it felt like a much longer book than it actually needed to be Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 25 stars Breasts and Eggs is a strange moody novel examining womanhood and bodily autonomy Originally two separate books it is now published in translation as one novel of two parts In Book One Natsuko is visited. Ter Midoriko is paralyzed by the fear of her oncoming puberty and finds herself unable to voice the vague yet overwhelming anxieties associated with rowing up The narrator who remains unnamed for most of the story struggles with her own indeterminable identity of being neither a “daughter” nor a “mother” Set over three stiflingly hot days in Tokyo the book tells of a reunion of sorts between two sisters and the passage into womanhood of young MidorikoIn this Es ist was es ist greatly expanded version a second chapter in the story of the same women opens on another hot summer’s day ten years later The narrator single and childless having reconciled herself with the idea of never marrying nonetheless feels increasing anxiety aboutrowing old alone. Are women than their bodies Seems not according to much contemporary fiction Here Three Women S Identities women s identities bound with a breast augmentation b first periods and c pregnancy What ives Here three s identities are bound up with a breast augmentation b first periods and c pregnancy What ives interest is the Tokyo setting and the fact that these women are working class Oh and the almost Love (Slater Brothers, gleeful physical details bleached nipples for the right aesthetics No thanks I enjoyed this well enough as a light read but it doesn t push the boundaries like say The Vegetarian English Breasts and Eggs This novel has caused uite a stir With Breasts and Eggs Mieko Kawakami 1976 one of the new female literary stars alongside her countrywomen Sayaka Murata Y ko Tawada Hiromi Kawakami et al has added to therowing number of feminist novels from Japan that discuss the role of women in postmodern society in a blunt relentless way and in a matter of fact tone that adds bleakness than any melodramatic rendition ever might achieve Who Stranger Things - Dots Lines Spirals Coloring Book: New kind of stress relief coloring book for adults gets to decide what is normal What is individual happiness when confronted with societal expectations Who has the right to be a parent Kawakami shows numerous women who have t Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestI was really excited to receive an ARC of this because of the blurb by Haruki Murakami Don t be fooled by the racy title this is a very serious very dark look atender norms and expectations for women tackling topics such as fertility body image and Tiempo hendido: un acercamiento a la vida y obra de Antonia Palacios gender conformity Our narrator is a woman in her thirties named Natsuko and the story revolves around her her sister Makiko and her niece a teenager named MidorikoStyle wise this reminds me a bit of Banana Yoshimoto s work in that there s a dreamy element to the narrative even as Kawakami is writing about some very unpleasant things Natsuko is feeling the ticking of her biological clock but isn t sure if she wants children Makiko who has a child is a single mother working Kawakami who exploded into the cultural space first as a musician then as a poet and popular blogger and most importantly as a best selling novelist challenges every preconception about storytelling and prose style She is currently one of Japan’s most widely read and critically acclaimed authors heralded by Haruki Murakami as his favorite young writerAn earlier novella published in Japan with the same title focused on the female body telling the story of three women the thirty year old unmarried narrator her older sister Makiko and Makiko’s daughter Midoriko Unable to come to terms with her changed body afteriving birth Makiko becomes obsessed with the prospect of etting breast enhancement surgery Meanwhile her twelve year old daugh. .


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By her sister Makiko who has come to Tokyo for a boob job with her preteen daughter in tow In Book Two Natsuko nearing forty contemplates having a child via anonymous sperm donation Sandwiching these two Natsuko nearing forty contemplates having a child via anonymous sperm donation Sandwiching these two together the resulting novel seems overlong and disjointed Stylistically the journal entries occasional hallucinatory episodes and eneral slipperiness of Book One are mostly absent from the conventional Book Two which is also longer "and meandering Any social issue debate novel is at risk of appearing contrived it s a rigged contest with the author "meandering Any social issue debate novel is at risk of appearing contrived it s a rigged contest with the author all the players Kawakami falters here succeeds there in preserving the illusion of her characters as real thinking beings rather than mouthpieces Some of the arguments about sperm donation seem a bit facile albeit Kawakami notes significant cultural differences in Japanese vs Western attitudes and too easily dismantled On the other hand when one minor character Let the Fire Burn goes on a fabulous nihilistic extended rant about the arrogance and presumption of anyone procreating she describes birth itself as a violence enacted on literally everyone without their consent it comes across as raw and real Our protagonist Natsuko vacillates listlessly weighing pros and cons of her solo parenthood plan but ultimately dodges the tougher choices her ethical conundrum is resolved by a convenient plot contrivance One that is believable enough but still felt like a cheat to me as her solution isn t an option most real world women have The novel s serious moral weight is undercut with a plot resolution from a romcomSo the central premise is fairly unsatisfying in the end but it s bolstered by the surrounding matrix of Japanese slice of life moments Natsuko s outsiderdom as an Osakan in Tokyo staunch female centricity and a few kooky surreal moments all of which is enjoyable in its own right An uneven 3 stars. And about never being a mother In episodes that are as comical as they are revealing of deep yearning she seeks direction from other women in her life her mother herrandmother friends as well as her sister and only after dramatic and freuent changes of heart decides in favor of artificial insemination But this decision in a deeply conservative country in which women’s reproductive rights are under constant threat is not one that can be acted upon without reat drama Breasts and Eggs takes as its broader subjects the ongoing repression of women in Japan and the possibility of liberation poverty domestic violence and reproductive ethics Mixing comedy and realism it is an epic life affirming journey about finding inner strength and peace. .