[New] (恍惚の人) by Sawako Ariyoshi


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    Sawako Ariyoshi Ë 9 Free read Read ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ë Sawako Ariyoshi [New] (恍惚の人) by Sawako Ariyoshi Tokyo the seventies years of affluence and social change in Japan Through the eyes of the working mother Akiko we are confronted with the old age problems of dementia and senility Ariyoshi's way of writing is very descriptive and dry and the

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    [New] (恍惚の人) by Sawako Ariyoshi Don't you think a man should die the minute he retires says the middle aged man in this book Or this Mum dad don't live this long says the teenage son of the same man after seeing how miserable his grandpa's life is at the age of 87

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    [New] (恍惚の人) by Sawako Ariyoshi This Japanese novel was originally published in 1972 but many aspects felt very much from today The novel follows Akiko a middle aged wife and mother whose father in law becomes senile and his care falls to Akiko So many themes here taking care of the elderly uality of life and indignities in aging the sandwich generation how care responsibility often falls on women and the bewilderment of the system of elder c

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    [New] (恍惚の人) by Sawako Ariyoshi At the first half of this book I kept on screaming silently It's Alzheimer's disease It's Alzheimer's you dimwits But never did the word Alzheimer's crop up in the entirety of the novel The terms the doctor used when he finally got to examine the old man were senile dementia and senile melancholia Well good enoughUnless you die of a

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    Read ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ë Sawako Ariyoshi Sawako Ariyoshi Ë 9 Free read [New] (恍惚の人) by Sawako Ariyoshi Growing old should not be someone else's problemThis line seems to summarize the mood of this book pretty well The Twilight Years addresses several different uestions of life including that of the uality of life and how much effort should be given to keep someone alive Ariyoshi also digs into the gender roles and the expectations on young women all with the mid century post war Japan as the backdrop This book is truly a disturbing and un

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    [New] (恍惚の人) by Sawako Ariyoshi A decent humourous and feces filled journey into the world of caregiving of older relatives For those unaccustomed to Japanese culture there may be certain aspects of the interactions between characters that may seem odd This may pertain to the context driven aspects of Japanese culture This aspect of things makes the protagonist's

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    [New] (恍惚の人) by Sawako Ariyoshi Summary 恍惚の人 Moving depiction of the life of a working woman who is acting as caretaker for her elderly dying father in law When Akiko's senile father in law is rejected by community services the responsibility for his care automatically devolves upon her increasing a domestic and employment workload which she already finds hard to cope with Ariyoshi correctly anticipated the problems that Japan's rapidly aging society wou

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    Read ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ë Sawako Ariyoshi Sawako Ariyoshi Ë 9 Free read [New] (恍惚の人) by Sawako Ariyoshi Sawako Ariyoshi The Twilight Years Great Britain Peter Owen Publishers 1984I returned to this author as I did with Blackburn The first and onl

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    [New] (恍惚の人) by Sawako Ariyoshi In Twilight Years Sawako Ariyoshi mesmerizes with detail The reader is forced to confront the mundane the bizarre and the often appalling aspects of growing old and empathizes with the family who must care for Grandfather as his physical and mental condition continue to deteriorate We sympathize especially with the wife

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Summary 恍惚の人

Characters À 恍惚の人 ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Akiko is a working wife and mother of a teenage son When her mother in law suddenly dies of a stroke Akiko becomes t Don t you think a man should die the minute he retires says the middle aged man in this book Or this Mum dad don t live this long says the teenage son of the same man after seeing how miserable his grandpa s life is at the age of 87 These two lines struck me most and it proved that lines can be this simple and yet could mean a lot to a reader depending on the situation the reader is inThis book originally published in Japan in 1972 is about Japan s aging population This happens when birth rate is lower than death rate so there are senior citizens than financially gaining working people In the book there is a small office where most of the workers are worried about their aging parents whom they need to support financially andor physicallyThey say that it is when we are at the age of 50 s when we will most likely experience the death of our parents I am now 52 and my mom is 82 and she now oftentimes talk about dying My father died when I was 33 years old but that was because of cancer and not really because of old age per se Last year my father in law died at the age of 96 The character in this book Shigezo reminded me of him particularly the symptoms of Alzheimer s Disease that Ariyoshi referred to as senile dementia Wikipedia states that the first case of Alzheimer s was first recorded in 1906 by Dr Aloysius Alzheimer a German psychiatrist and pathologist Maybe it was lost in translation or Ariyoshi wasn t aware of Alzheimer s Disease yetAging is a scary thought However that is part of the cycle of life We are born to die The minute we were born we were already on our way to dying Ariyoshi was spot on in her characterizations in this book especially when she said that young people are mostly self centered they are too young to think about going old so they are naturally unsympathetic to old people even to their parents They are to busy building their future or as someone elouently said during the graduation rite of my daughter in high school too busy growing up so they don t notice that their parents are growing oldI think most of us parents don t want to burden our kids when we grow old We would like to die a painless sudden death Most of my friends also don t want to hit 90 s Me I prefer to die in my 60 s I just want to surpass my dad who died at the age of 60 Upon retirement I would like to have a few years to do the things that I d like to do but no available time while working These include writing a book or books putting up a secondhand bookstore and possibly a cafe turn our ancestral home in the province to a memorial library and then bring my wife to see the Holy Land and some places in Europe we will kiss at the foot of Eiffel Tower and the US and Canada to visit our relatives Once I ve done those I guess I will die a happy manRead this book to help you plan on what to do in case are still alive during your twilight years These are the years when you become helpless again like a child I am not really looking forward to it Most of us don t However Ariyoshi tried to show some beauty in reaching those years especially towards the end of the book It s just that she wasn t able to convince me

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Characters À 恍惚の人 ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Of life at the end of life caregiving for the old and the dilemma of women who have both career and family obligatio Sawako Ariyoshi The Twilight Years Great Britain Peter Owen Publishers 1984I returned to this author as I did with Blackburn The first and only other book I read of Ariyoshi s was her famous book The Doctor s Wife March 1993 pg 6 of my Book Journal Of course also like Blackburn s novel it was long out of print and I found it on line too through Alibris The Twilight Years was translated poorly into English but I still liked reading it The Doctor s Wife was a story about a troublesome mother in law and the long suffering daughter in law The Twilight Years described the relationship of a dislikeable father in law and the daughter in law the wife of the eldest son The story begins with the death of the mother in law whom the entire family loves and admires in part because she somehow endures the hypochondriacal unpleasant and psychologically abusive husband Once the mother in law dies the father in law descends into deep senility and the wife of the son must care for the old man Akiko the daughter in law works outside of the home and this is very difficult She struggles between the expectations of being a modern Japanese woman and the deep expectations of being a traditional Japanese woman who does everything for family Her husband works long hours and then goes drinking almost every night Akiko must maintain the home and do all the chores as well as work her job at a law office The medical care for the father in law falls to her too It s very graphic wiping his excrement bathing him one gross thing after another including having to sleep next to him so he doesn t wander away at night She must go to work with little sleep and then come home to take care of things again shopping making dinner cleaning him It s really depressing Akiko cobbles together different ways to have someone watch him while she is at work At times I could barely stand to read itThe husband agonizes about his mortality and that he may become his father which isn t much help to his wife He can t stand to touch his father so all is left to her and sometimes minor things to their teenage son The story contemplates old age terrifying and what makes a good death Her mother in law died a good death healthy till the end in fact she died right after having her hair done no burden to anyone Pg 41 She compared it to her own mother s long illness and how it upset everyone and exhausted them Right after reading this book I had two people the accountant and Destry s wife tell me about their parent s long battle with senility ending with caring for their walking dead parent with all the nasty caretaking chores diapers bathing I hope neither of my parents have to endure this and I certainly hope that I don t live so long that my children have to witness this abominable way of existing

Sawako Ariyoshi Ë 9 Free read

Characters À 恍惚の人 ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub He sole caregiver for her selfish father in law Shegezo The Twilight Years raises important issues about the uality A decent humourous and feces filled journey into the world of caregiving of older relatives For those unaccustomed to Japanese culture there may be certain aspects of the interactions between characters that may seem odd This may pertain to the context driven aspects of Japanese culture This aspect of things makes the protagonist s journey even bewildering to herself as she navigates the details of healthcare social welfare familial interaction and relationships with her surrounding neighbors Despite the context driven aspect of Japanese culture the protagonist finds herself stumbling through navigating the vagaries of caregiving while trying to maintain her livelihood and household the midst of all the craziness of dealing with a dementia ridden elderly man One of the interesting things about this context driven aspect of society is how the most humourous parts of the book happen when characters come out and speak their minds directly whether it is the decaying Father of the family or if it is the grandson preparing for college examinations There are other scandalous aspects of the novel in terms of how often people admit to harboring the understandable sentiments of anger and frustration at having to care for the elderly As in Please don t get old or Just die already I m going crazy I think at one point someone mentions how often older men would go up to the mountain to fetch wood while older women would go the river to do laundry My eyes popped out at this since this may relate to the distinct possibility that these older men and women left home to go to those places to commit suicide I believe that this custom is called Ubasete but the particular portion of the novel that speaks of this gives indication this may have been something the elderly did on their own accord without specific societal prompting A prescient culturally foreshadowing text The people are as real as they come

  • Paperback
  • 216
  • 恍惚の人
  • Sawako Ariyoshi
  • English
  • 04 January 2020
  • 9780870118524