Breasts and Eggs (英語) ハードカバー – 2020/4/7
"A sharply observed and heartbreaking portrait of what it means to be a woman, in Japan and beyond."--TIME, The 10 Best Fiction Books of 2020
"Raw, funny, mundane, heartbreaking."--Jane Yong Kim, The Atlantic, Best Books of 2020
"A stunning work of iridescence, changing with the light. For good reason this promises to be one of the most talked-about novels of the year."--Financial Times
"A bracing, feminist exploration of daily life in Japan."--Entertainment Weekly
"Not just some elevated piece of literary chick-lit. [Breasts and Eggs is] a novel of humanity, a multifaceted consideration of the fundamental question: What does it mean to exist? [. . .] A street-smart, distinctly Osakan empathy reverberates throughout this perpetually surprising, cleverly spiraling novel."--The Japan Times
""Kawakami, in her first book to be published in English, considers the agency that women exert over their bodies and charts the emotional underpinnings of physical changes--both intentional and unbidden--with humor and empathy."--The New Yorker
"Kawakami's timely feminist themes; strange, surreal prose; and wonderful characters will transcend cultural barriers and enchant readers."--The New York Observer
"Kawakami's narrative is bracing and evocative, tender yet unflinching in depicting the relationship between the sisters and between mother and daughter."--Publishers Weekly
"Kawakami writes frankly about the mix of envy, admiration, scorn, and devotion that women feel towards each other."--Jennifer Schaffer, The Baffler
"The book is so much about the body. If you are craving a novel that really describes a woman's body so well, just in terms of desire, in terms of longing, in terms of a sense of self, then this is a fantastic novel to read and I highly recommend it."--Kat Chow, NPR
"Within an affecting portrait-of-an-artist-in-transition, Kawakami deftly, deeply questions the assumptions of womanhood and family--the bonds and abuses, expectations and betrayals, choices and denials."--Booklist
"Kawakami writes with unsettling precision about the body--its discomforts, its appetites, its smells and secretions. And she is especially good at capturing its longings."--Katie Kitamura, The New York Times Book Review
"A unique, direct voice--almost every page contains sentences that stop me in my tracks."--Marta Bausells in Literary Hub
"[Breasts and Eggs] speaks to the stories of Lucia Berlin; there is the same sense of a dispassionate but honoring gaze cast on working-class women, dogged and unsentimental in their survival."--Hermione Hoby, 4 Columns
"Fearless in its demand for accountability, transcendent in its honesty, it breathes life into feminist literature."--PopMatters
"This powerful story is a testament to female relationships, the role that memories play in the now, forgiveness and the ability to grow, no matter how painful it can be"--Happy Mag
"Timeless and thoroughly contemporary, intimate and expansive, Natsuko and her companions encompass extremes in a singular and unforgettable fashion."--The Midwest Book Review
"Mieko Kawakami deftly captures the anxiety of performing gender, while asking tough questions about class and the expectations of women."--BuzzFeed News
"Kawakami's book is complex and multi-layered, asking us deep and profound questions about humanity, social rules, procreation, and femininity."--The Fountain
"Kawakami is known for her manipulation of language, and in Breasts and Eggs the body is just another given, with tenderness traded for candor."--Willamette Week
"Breasts and Eggs provides the possibility of transformation through self-acceptance and understanding. Regardless of their various ordeals, characters choose, despite everything, to live, forming relationships and families that are eccentric in structure but just as warm and welcoming."--Asymptote Journal
"I can never forget the sense of pure astonishment I felt when I first read Mieko Kawakami's novella Breasts and Eggs . . . Kawakami is always ceaselessly growing and evolving."--Haruki Murakami, author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
"Mieko Kawakami is Japan's Brightest New Literary Star."--The Economist
"One of Japan's brightest stars is set to explode across the global skies of literature . . . Kawakami is both a writer's writer and an entertainer, a thinker and constantly evolving stylist who manages to be highly readable and immensely popular."--The Japan Times
Mieko Kawakami is the author of the internationally best-selling novel, Breasts and Eggs, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and one of TIME&;s Best 10 Books of 2020. Born in Osaka, Kawakami made her literary debut as a poet in 2006, and published her first novella, My Ego, My Teeth, and the World, in 2007. Her writing is known for its poetic qualities and its insights into the female body, ethical questions, and the dilemmas of modern society. Her books have been translated into many languages and are available all over the world. She has received numerous prestigious literary awards in Japan, including the Akutagawa Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Murasaki Shikibu Prize. Kawakami lives in Tokyo, Japan.
- 出版社 : Europa Editions Inc (2020/4/7)
- 発売日 : 2020/4/7
- 言語 : 英語
- ハードカバー : 430ページ
- ISBN-10 : 1609455878
- ISBN-13 : 978-1609455873
- 寸法 : 13.46 x 3.81 x 21.34 cm
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 58,781位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
The patriarchy is a character always hovering ominously in the background; although the story is based almost entirely around women, there are flashes of male violence and hints of the emotional damage left by men, including Natsu’s father. There are ‘good’ male characters too, most of whom appear near the end of Book Two, but their inclusion is purely functional and if anything, weakens the story. This is perhaps because the feminist core of the novel is so powerful that it obliterates any hope for strong male character development.
Visually and emotionally, Breasts and Eggs is a breath-taking exploration of the female experience, filled with acute questions on the nature of birth, life and death but easily digestible thanks to its dreamy, laid-back pacing. Even its flaws – like the unevenness in tone and few-too-many digressions – add something to its uniqueness; it could’ve been streamlined to be more cohesive but would have lost some of its charm in the process. In essence, it is a book about spiritual growth and the associated pain that comes with it, told through vivid characters and situations grounded in profound truth. narrator-blog.com
The writing style is tedious. I have never read so many six-word sentences in one novel. It feels like the author was paid by the full stop and the word. There are endless, gratuitous phrases, apparently tossed in for no good reason, e.g. "I brought my food contribution in a Tupperware container I had bought from the 100 yen shop" or "We walked along side by side. He was on the left and I was on the right". WHO CARES?
The only reason I finished the book is to be ready to discuss it at book club tonight. If anyone at book club likes this book, I will be very suspicious of any new books they recommend.
There is a scene that has been criticised, as it comes across as transphobic if we don’t keep in mind that in Japan they have very specific views about some things that our culture is willing to accept more openly. In the story, I think it can open the conversation about why it can bother them so much and why they should explore it further, maybe accept it?
In general, the book has a good pace, and it was easy to read, the translation is great. But, in my opinion, nothing really happens and I found the characters quite plain in general. Nonetheless, it really reflects on society in countries like Japan and it is worth a read.