Item description for The River Ki by Sawako Ariyoshi & Mildred Tahara...
The River Ki, short and swift and broad like most Japanese rivers, flows into the sea not far south of Osaka. On its journey seaward, it passes through countryside that has long been at the heart of the Japanese tradition. And it flows too past the mountains and the villages, past the dams, ditches and rice fields that provide such a richly textured backdrop to this novel. Powerful enough to sweep away people on its banks and placid enough to carry along with its flow a sumptuous wedding procession, The River Ki dominates the lives of the people who live in its fertile valley and imparts a vital strength to the three women, mother, daughter and granddaughter, around whom this novel is built. It provides them with the courage to cope, in their different ways, with the unprecedented changes that occurred in Japan between the last years of the last century and the middle of this century. Sawako Ariyoshi, one of Japan's most successful modern novelists, describes this social and cultural revolution largely through the eyes of Hana, a woman with the vision and integrity to understand the inevitability of the death of the traditional order in Japan. Ariyoshi writes with a love for detail bound to a broader understanding of the importance of the geographical and biological forces that mold her characters-and the result is a story that flows with all the vitality of The River Ki itself.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.25" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jul 8, 2004
Publisher Kodansha International
ISBN 4770030002 ISBN13 9784770030009
Availability 0 units.
More About Sawako Ariyoshi & Mildred Tahara
Sawako Ariyoshi was born in 1931 in Wakayama City. As a student she developed a deep interest in the theater, both modern drama and traditional Kabuki, and her own plays are widely performed in Japan. Many of her novels have also been adapted for the stage, the cinema, and television. Ariyoshi first rose to prominence in the 1950s as a writer of short stories, but has since built an impressive reputation as a novelist dealing with crucial social issues. Among her themes have been the problems faced by women in the traditional Japanese household (Hanaoka seishu no tsuma, 1967, translated as "The Doctor's Wife"), racial segregation in the United States (Hishoku, 1964), and environmental pollution (Fukugo-osen, 1975). Her Kokotsu no hito (The Twilight Years) was published in 1972 and sold over a million copies in less than a year. Translations of her books have appeared throughout the world and include a French translation of The Doctor's Wife, which was a bestseller in France in 1981; The River Ki; The Twilight Years; Her Highness Princess Kazu, awarded the prestigious Mainichi Cultural Prize in 1979; and Kabuki Dancer. Ariyoshi died in 1984.
Sawako Ariyoshi was born in 1931 and died in 1984.
Reviews - What do customers think about The River Ki?
Interesting but flawed May 30, 2005
'The River Ki' is an interesting look at Japanese culture before, during and in the immediate aftermath of World War II. Its portrait of that culture is extensive and informative, a true look for foreigners not familiar with the Japanese.
However, despite this strength, the actual plot itself is mediocre. A lot of the characters are not well thought out. The story tends to meander and jump around without a lot of explanation of how characters got from point A to point B. A good read, but not an excellent one.
3 generations of Japanese women Jul 2, 1999
This is one of the best generational sagas about Japan that I have read. All three women in the book represent a time of change, yet all three are multi-dimensional and understandable characters. It is difficult to find quality Japanese liturature in English by women. This is worthy of the name "classic"