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The Waiting Years

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Are many other schools studying this text for English A1 (part of World Literature)?

It's quite a good book :D If you've read it, what would you say are the most pertinent themes, motifs and symbols? Do you agree with me that some of its literary value and effectiveness were subdued via the translation? Would you say that Enchi's authorial voice illustrates her acceptance of the taboo of having concubines in the Meiji era, yet it is evident that she does not like the idea?

What else have you got to say about the novel?

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Yea, we studied this book earlier on in the year. I really enjoyed the ambiguous ending, but it was quite sad though.

I found it quite difficult to read, as the Japanese names were quite confusing.

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