A Lost Paradise Junichi Watanabe

ISBN: 9784770023247

Published: only recently, it set sales records in the millions of
copies and soon crossed over to other media as well--first as a radio and TV
drama, then as a blockbuster movie. The popularity of the novel has spread
across Asia as well, with hugely successful translations into Korean and
Chinese. In the West, readers may be reminded of The Bridges of Madison
County
, another best-selling novel of blazing midlife passion--one with
a very different outcome.

Here the lovers are Kuki, a 54-year-old employee in a publishing company,
and Rinko, a childless, 37-year-old woman unhappily married to a cold fish
of a husband, a professor of medicine. Stuck in a dead-end job and an
uneventful marriage, Kuki is irresistibly drawn to Rinko from their first
encounter, seeing through her demure demeanor to the passionate woman
beneath. She returns his feelings with ever-increasing abandon, despite
lingering fears about where her sexual awakening may lead her. In the end,
both are prepared to risk all for their relationship: family, career, and
social standing, even life itself.

The story contrasts the lovers defiantly freewheeling passion--described
in imaginative, smoldering detail--with a rigid society where people are
expected to play a prescribed role, whether as dutiful wife or compliant
office worker. In escaping these conventional roles, the lovers often escape
the city as well, immersing themselves in the traditional beauties of
Japanese nature and art as they give themselves over to each other and the
pleasure of the moment. And ultimately they make a much more radical escape:
one that will ensure that they are left in peace, to enjoy an abiding love.

Perhaps not all the choices they make will seem reasonable, or even
understandable, to Western readers. But their story, with elements as modern
as yesterdays headlines and as timeless as the tug between love and death,
opens a window into the secrets of the Japanese soul.

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This poignant book

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A Lost Paradise  by  Junichi Watanabe

A Lost Paradise by Junichi Watanabe
only recently, it set sales records in the millions of
copies and soon crossed over to other media as well--first as a radio and TV
drama, then as a blockbuster movie. The popularity of the novel has spread
across Asia as well, with hugely successful translations into Korean and
Chinese. In the West, readers may be reminded of The Bridges of Madison
County
, another best-selling novel of blazing midlife passion--one with
a very different outcome.

Here the lovers are Kuki, a 54-year-old employee in a publishing company,
and Rinko, a childless, 37-year-old woman unhappily married to a cold fish
of a husband, a professor of medicine. Stuck in a dead-end job and an
uneventful marriage, Kuki is irresistibly drawn to Rinko from their first
encounter, seeing through her demure demeanor to the passionate woman
beneath. She returns his feelings with ever-increasing abandon, despite
lingering fears about where her sexual awakening may lead her. In the end,
both are prepared to risk all for their relationship: family, career, and
social standing, even life itself.

The story contrasts the lovers defiantly freewheeling passion--described
in imaginative, smoldering detail--with a rigid society where people are
expected to play a prescribed role, whether as dutiful wife or compliant
office worker. In escaping these conventional roles, the lovers often escape
the city as well, immersing themselves in the traditional beauties of
Japanese nature and art as they give themselves over to each other and the
pleasure of the moment. And ultimately they make a much more radical escape:
one that will ensure that they are left in peace, to enjoy an abiding love.

Perhaps not all the choices they make will seem reasonable, or even
understandable, to Western readers. But their story, with elements as modern
as yesterdays headlines and as timeless as the tug between love and death,
opens a window into the secrets of the Japanese soul.

Less

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The book that caused a sensation! This tale of extramaritalsexual obsession and all-or-nothing love struck a deep chord in Japanesereaders. Published only recently, it set sales records in the millions ofcopies and soon crossed over to other media asMoreThe book that caused a sensation! This tale of extramaritalsexual obsession and all-or-nothing love struck a deep chord in Japanesereaders. Published only recently, it set sales records in the millions ofcopies and soon crossed over to other media as well--first as a radio and TVdrama, then as a blockbuster movie.

The popularity of the novel has spreadacross Asia as well, with hugely successful translations into Korean andChinese. In the West, readers may be reminded of The Bridges of MadisonCounty, another best-selling novel of blazing midlife passion--one witha very different outcome.Here the lovers are Kuki, a 54-year-old employee in a publishing company,and Rinko, a childless, 37-year-old woman unhappily married to a cold fishof a husband, a professor of medicine. Stuck in a dead-end job and anuneventful marriage, Kuki is irresistibly drawn to Rinko from their firstencounter, seeing through her demure demeanor to the passionate womanbeneath.

She returns his feelings with ever-increasing abandon, despitelingering fears about where her sexual awakening may lead her. In the end,both are prepared to risk all for their relationship: family, career, andsocial standing, even life itself.The story contrasts the lovers defiantly freewheeling passion--describedin imaginative, smoldering detail--with a rigid society where people areexpected to play a prescribed role, whether as dutiful wife or compliantoffice worker. In escaping these conventional roles, the lovers often escapethe city as well, immersing themselves in the traditional beauties ofJapanese nature and art as they give themselves over to each other and thepleasure of the moment.

And ultimately they make a much more radical escape:one that will ensure that they are left in peace, to enjoy an abiding love.Perhaps not all the choices they make will seem reasonable, or evenunderstandable, to Western readers. But their story, with elements as modernas yesterdays headlines and as timeless as the tug between love and death,opens a window into the secrets of the Japanese soul.



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