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Naomi Naomi a moga or modern girl defies Japanese tradition in dress etiquette and morality in this satirical tale of obsessive love set in s Tokyo As narrated by her husband Joji the story of Naom

  • Title: Naomi
  • Author: Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
  • ISBN: 9780394536637
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Naomi a moga, or modern girl defies Japanese tradition in dress, etiquette, and morality in this satirical tale of obsessive love set in 1920s Tokyo As narrated by her husband, Joji, the story of Naomi reveals the enthusiasm and confusion with which most urban Japanese contended with the irresistible attractions of Western culture.

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    1. ”It is often said that ‘women deceive men.’ But from my experience, I’d say that it doesn’t start with the woman deceiving the man. Rather, the man, without any prompting, rejoices in being deceived; when he falls in love with a woman, everything she says, whether true or not, sounds adorable to our ears…. I know what you are up to, but I’ll let you tempt me.”Jōji’s Lolita.Jōji is a salaryman. He grew up on a wealthy farm in the country and has no desire to return. He enjoys [...]

    2. Naomi is Junichiro Tanizaki’s stunningly evocative work exhibiting a man’s romantic-erotic obsession with his unfaithful wife. “I wanted to boast to everyone, “This woman is mine. Take a look at my treasure.” This is a tale of agony, emotionally and sexually. Joji, a successful professional almost in his thirties, is bewitched by a modest and innocent eurasian waitress of fifteen so much so that the he propositions her and takes her guardianship as his own. Initially unsure of what he [...]

    3. One tworee 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 coquettish whispers,the 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 enc [...]

    4. What is Naomi? Is it a story of Japanese obsession over European customs? A mad obsessions with a constructed image instead of the actual breathing thing? Is it a story about attempts to 'liberate' women by giving them new outfits and money yet still posing them as dolls? The real power of said dolls who use their position on a pedestal to dominate and throw away men? The question of whether fools can grapple with their own folly? Naomi is all of these. This is a short, crisp novella about a mou [...]

    5. Hikâyenin kahramanı Joji'nin aptallığa varan tutkusu aşırı derecede hastalıklı. Çok zavallı ve zayıf bir karakter yaratmış Tanizaki burada. Kadın karakter Naomi ise kelimenin tam anlamıyla "melek görünümlü şeytan".Joji'ye çok acısam da bir o kadar kızdım. Ne erkek ne kadın, kimse bu kadar aciz ve duygularının, daha doğrusu arzularının esiri olmamalı.Naomi, tüm Tanizaki eserleri gibi akıcı insanın kendini kaptırarak okuyacağı türden bir hikâye.Enteresan Ge [...]

    6. Aslında 3,5. Yine sado-mazo ilişkinin anlatıldığı bir Tanizaki romanı bu. Tuhaf bir şekilde şu ana kadar okuduğum tüm Tanizaki romanlarında erkekler haddinden fazla acı çekiyor. Yıllar yıllar önce Tanizaki'nin Anahtar romanından aldığım tadı aldım bundan da. Peki neden beş yıldız veremiyorum? Yazarın böyle bir karakter yaratabilme yeteneği aslında takdire şayan ama ben Naomi'den daha fazla Joji'den nefret ettim. Joji'nin bu derece acı çekme arzusu midemi bulandı [...]

    7. Two of the last few novels I’ve read revolve around a man in his 30’s becoming erotically obsessed with a much younger woman - obsessed to the point of self-destruction: Boredom by Moravia and Naomi by Tanizaki; so I can’t help but compare the two.Boredom, as I mentioned, thrilled me. Naomi bored me somewhat. Both are of course predictable in their larger strokes; you know the men will get further and further enthralled in the languid chaos of their consorts’ sex, and that they will be e [...]

    8. Joji is a 28-year-old salaryman, a former country gentleman now in Tokyo, who becomes smitten with a 15-year-old "Eurasian"-looking cafe waitress, Naomi, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks whose neglectful parents seem to be involved in shady dealings. Her "western" features draw him. As it happens -- and like a lot of their contemporaries in 1920s urban Japan -- the two find themselves under the spell of western cultural influences; the clothes, the movies, the products and the mores and [...]

    9. 1 foolish starWhat the hell did I just read??No. Why the hell did I even bother to read this book at all???!!!God seriously I hated everything about this book!This book was exactly like what the original title said『痴人の愛』 or often translated as 'A Fool's Love'.Jōji was a lunatic masochist. I don't understand what the hell did he see on Naomi.He would just do anything Naomi asked for, although she really was so lazy, useless, ungrateful bitch.Naomi was an ungrateful, shameless, useles [...]

    10. 1920'lerin Japonya'sında geçen, Lolita'ya ve Tanzimat dönemi romanlarına göz kırpan (Evet, Tanzimat!) bir roman. Körü körüne batılılaşmanın getirdiği ahlaki çöküntü, genç bir kıza duyulan yıkıcı bir tutku hikayesi ile anlatılıyor. Dönem Japonya'sına tanıklık etmek açısından ilginç. Bir yandan dans kulupleri, batı tarzı restoranlar, müzik dükkanları varken, bir yandan da elle çekilen arabalardan, kimonolardan, takunyalardan bahsediliyor.İbret olması amac [...]

    11. 3.5/5If one wishes to render a portrait of an egotistical tantrum, one simply needs to tell a grown man no, and only no. Various demographical and self-reflexive factors interact with this situation, of course, but the gist of it for a long time now has been that normality is artificial, and the obsession with demonizing the used stems from nothing more than said calcified reality of whose word becomes law. Men gave rights to women; men never should have been in the position to give rights in th [...]

    12. Not without its charms, this is the deflating story of a sad-sack fellow who takes a 15-year old "Westernish"-looking Japanese girl under his wing, cultivates her into ambiguously Westernizing Japanese culture of the 1920s-30s, marries her, and then watches helplessly as she screws pretty much everyone she meets."Naomi" is curious and not a little infuriating, which is part of the fun. The narrator, obviously an idiot who knows it well, is so obsessed with his "Eurasian" plaything that he is bli [...]

    13. اذا اعتقدتم أن روايتي سخيفة ارجوكم أن تضحكوا واذا اعتقدتم إنها تتضمن تجربة أخلاقية فارجو أن تكون درساً لكم وبالنسبة لي فإن رأيكم عني لن يُغير من الأمر شيئاً فانا أحب ناوومي" تزوجها فتاة صغيرة لا تتجاوز من العمر الخامسة عشر عاماً وأرادها فتاة عصرية متطورة على الطراز الغربي ظ [...]

    14. 4+ stars. This is, indeed, a charming book. Told in a straightforward naturalistic style, it translates well, and reads easily, effortlessly. A story of sexual obsession, but a tender story. This is early Tanizaki (1925). A very nice book.

    15. On one level it's a story of a slightly older man in love with a young girl. But being Tanizaki, it is also about old Japan in love with the modern (early 20th Century) world. Either way this book has it all: eroticism, obsession, and smart as well.

    16. The literal translation of the original 痴人の愛 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 [...]

    17. This book is one of the elite few on my Shelf Of Pain, which contains the books that sucker-punch me, that hurt, that make me cry, and make me like it. Tanizaki is a frigging genius, and I need to read more of his books, and maybe check out some Natsume while I'm at it. The central questions -- how powerful is female allure? what does it mean to be enslaved? -- are questions with a lot of resonance for me.

    18. Naomi is a character so controversial that she spawned a social movement in Japan: Naomi-ism. She represented a sea change in the state of Japanese womanhood, a shift from timidness to temerity, a strong pull toward Western mores and fashions.However, for all her archetypal significance, Naomi is not likable. Neither, for that matter, is Jōji. They are the unfortunate byproducts of a society of split cultural allegiances--some clinging to traditional Japanese expectations and others siphoning o [...]

    19. A businessman finds a 15 year old girl working in a cafe, takes her to live with him, teaches her, bathes her, buys her tons of clothes and marries her. What part of that tripped you up? The 15 year old? The bathing? Yeah, me too.Naomi by Junichiro Tanizaki is the third book on my brother’s Japanese Literature syllabus. Joji, the creeper who discovers Naomi in the cafe, narrates the novel. He’s so head-over-heels crazy in love with her that as the novel progresses, the reader sees that Naomi [...]

    20. If you can get past the blistering misogyny -- the title character is a hybrid of Lolita, Eliza Doolittle, and perhaps Mme. Bovary -- this is an enjoyable book. Joji's efforts to control Naomi are often comical, and the tension between traditional and westernized aspects of Japanese culture in the 1920's was fascinating.

    21. Naomi works much better as an allegory about the changes that Japan was facing after WWI and their obsession with all things western and youth-oriented, than it does as a tale of obsessive love (lust, really) between Joji and Naomi, who is thirteen years Joji's junior.As noted, when read as an allegory, it is interesting to see the interplay and tension between old-school, reserved, "older" Japan and the new movement towards Western influences in dress, music, movies, and attitudes. Traditional [...]

    22. I think this is probably a difficult book for modern Western readers to really get into because it's just so different from so many things about our culture. If F. Scott Fitzgerald had written this, there would have been an ending with a cruel twist and at least an abstract sense of comeuppance for Naomi. For both characters, probably.Instead, we're faced, actually, with two unflattering stereotypes of opposing cultures: The vulgarity of American popular culture and the timidity of Japanese trad [...]

    23. A strange novel, set in post-WWI Tokyo. The author uses the metaphor of sexual seduction as a way to explore modernity, and the effects of Western culture on Japanese traditions. The main character is a hopelessly weak, and at times comically passive, businessman, who develops a masochistic fetish for the eponymous seductress, whom he considers both his daughter and his wife. Naomi, in turn, manipulates the man through sex, to gain material things. In the process she becomes a cruel and sadistic [...]

    24. هل الحب يُعد مسوغا كافيا للتصرف بغباء؟! يأخذك الكتاب إلى اليابان بعد الحرب العالمية الأولى على لسان بطل الرواية جوجي - 27 عاماً -المنبهر بالغرب، يحكي فيها قصة وقوعه في شراك ناوومي - 14 عاماً - لاعبة ملامحها ذات المسحة الغربية دورا كبيرا في ذلك، انتشلها جوجي من محيطها الوضيع واعت [...]

    25. Three stars because it's well-written, I just didn't like it. I have no doubt that Junichiro Tanizaki is a brilliant author, I just don't like uncomfortable stories. The two main characters are both awful people in an increasingly strange and honestly gross and abusive (on both sides) situation, but what kept me going was knowing the author did it all intentionally. I don't think you're supposed to like this story. It's critique and satire and flat-out meant to make you uncomfortable. The story [...]

    26. Nothing spectacular, but I enjoyed the story. I really liked the writing, but I didn't like the characters. They were complex, but I don't think as a reader I was suppose to like them. I would say this was almost like the Japanese version of Lolita, but less disturbing. At times this reminded me of Osamu Tezuka's Ayako as well. A lot of this book as to to do with Westernization in Japan as well. I don't know much about Junichiro Tanizaki to talk more about the book, but found out about him watch [...]

    27. I think this is one of my favourite novels about the nature of "true love" I think Tanizaki might have been my kind of person in this respect, a person who was willing to entertain the possibility that there is no such thing as "love" beyond how people rationalize manipulation in their relationships.

    28. “Naomi, Naomi — I don’t know how many times the name was repeated between us. It was the appetizer that accompanied our sake. We relished its smooth sound, licked it with our saliva, and raised it to our lips, as though it were a delicacy even tastier than beef.”It is almost impossible in modern times to talk about Junichiro Tanizaki’s Naomi without mentioning Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita; even if Naomi was written half a century before Lolita. The above quote could easily be a passage [...]

    29. I'm torn with this story. I did love Tanizaki's intricate descriptions of the Naomi character; they really immortalized her beauty. However, for a while Joji's pathetic reverence of his spoiled, manipulative bride drove me to bail on the book for a couple of months. I ended up picking up a couple of days ago to force myself to finish it, and I actually found myself really enjoying the ending not necessarily because things changed for Joji (I was resigned to that particular situation), but becaus [...]

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