Life in the Cul-de-Sac



Life in the Cul-de-SacOne Of The Most Important Japanese Novels Of The Last Two Decades, Winner Of The Tanizaki PrizeMeet The Households Kiuchi, Takigawa, Yasunaga, And Oda In This Gently Twisted Domestic Fable, Award Winning Novelist Senji Kuroi Explores Modern Japan Through The Lives Of Four Families Who Live On A Typical Street In Suburban Tokyo Beset By Visions, Uncomfortable Marriages, And Strange Rumblings Of The Past And Future, These Traditional Japanese Families Find The World Both Magical And Perplexing Are Things Falling Apart Or Coming Together Is Any Of This Real Originally Serialized As Twelve Interleaved Stories, Life In The Cul De Sac Is An Intriguing And Entertaining Novel From A Gifted Writer And ObserverSenji Kuroi Is One Of Postwar Japan S Most Important Novelists Philip Gabriel Translated Haruki Murakami S South Of The Border, West Of The SunFrom The Translator S Afterword Taken Together, Kuroi S Twelve Stories Of These Four Families Highlight Two Main Issues Of Concern Not Just In Japan But In All Industrialized Countries The Loss Of Community And The Changing Roles Of Women Instead Of The Vaunted Japanese Group Ethic, Life In The Cul De Sac Depicts A Society Of Disconnected Individuals, Of Monads Cut Off From Meaningful Relationships Within Their Family And With Those Around Them For Most Of These Characters Knowledge Of Their Neighbors Comes In Whispered Speculation And In Furtive Glimpses Through The Curtains, While Within The Home Husband And Wife, Parents And Children, Talk At Cross Purposes This Is A New Kind Of Japanese Floating World

Kuroi Senji is a pen name of Osabe Shunjir , born May 28, 1932 , Japanese author of fiction and essays.Kuroi is a member of the Introspective Generation of Japanese writers, whose work depicts the thoughts of ordinary Japanese He lives in Tokyo s western suburbs, along the Ch Main Line, in a neighborhood similar to that depicted in his novel of linked stories, Gunsei Life in the Cul de Sac, , for which he won the 1984 Tanizaki Prize.As of 2006 he is president of the Japan Writer s Association Nihon Bungeika Kyokai from Wikipedia

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  • Paperback
  • 232 pages
  • Life in the Cul-de-Sac
  • Senji Kuroi
  • English
  • 03 April 2019
  • 1880656574

10 thoughts on “Life in the Cul-de-Sac

  1. Bill Johnston says:

    I would have liked to give this novel four stars, if it wasn t for the overwhelming negativity of it all Four couples, and none of them get along None of them are happily married In the end, I feel sorry for just about everyone featured here, for the unhappy lives they are stuck in.The good aspect of this sequence of linked short stories is getting to see each character both from the inside in their stories and from the outside in their neighbors stories It s surprising how little they I would have liked to give this novel four stars, if it wasn t for the overwhelming negativity of it all Four couples, and none of them get along None of them are happily married In the end, I feel sorry for just about everyone featured here, for the unhappy lives they are stuck in.The good aspect of this sequence of linked short stories is getting to see each character both from the inside in their stories and from the outside in their neighbors stories It s surprising how little they seem to interact with each other even though they live so close together The bad aspect is that no plot element introduced ever seems to get closure Did A die Did B have an affair Are C and D getting divorced We ll never know

  2. Gertrude & Victoria says:

    Life in the Cul De Sac is a portrait of new Japan Kuroi Senji uses the metaphor of the cul de sac to impress upon us this idea of dead end This novel is a social commentary on post war Japan where familial and social ties have been cut off from their roots.He writes about several families living in or around a cul de sac in a typical Japanese neighborhood in the suburbs of Tokyo These families do not really know each other and this is the point Kuroi is trying to underline In this novel fa Life in the Cul De Sac is a portrait of new Japan Kuroi Senji uses the metaphor of the cul de sac to impress upon us this idea of dead end This novel is a social commentary on post war Japan where familial and social ties have been cut off from their roots.He writes about several families living in or around a cul de sac in a typical Japanese neighborhood in the suburbs of Tokyo These families do not really know each other and this is the point Kuroi is trying to underline In this novel families are no longer on neighborly terms as they were a couple of generations ago They seem apathetic, distrustful and unwilling to engage in any kind of dialogue with their neighbors, sometimes even the most casual exchanges are avoided.Even within each family there exist this disconnection and isolation, and even spiritual alienation Everyone is doing their own thing without any regard for others Each person, each home, each cul de sac is isolated from every other and every cul de sac is a microcosm of Japan Is this the new Japan

  3. Suzanne Landstrom says:

    A Japanese Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson Did I like it Perhaps I m sure I missed a lot of the nuances, as I am unfamiliar with the intricacies of modern Japanese culture Through the interlinked stories, did it accurately portray disconnectedness of family, marriages, neighbors, and communities Yes.

  4. Laurie says:

    Life in the Cul de Sac is a novel told in a series of twelve connected stories about four families that all take place in a suburban Tokyo cul de sac This is not a spacious cul de sac as one would find it in the US these houses are close together, the yards unfenced, everything is cramped together One would think that the families would interact and be aware of each others business, but they might as well exist in bubbles Each family lives alone with their own problems, interacting with th Life in the Cul de Sac is a novel told in a series of twelve connected stories about four families that all take place in a suburban Tokyo cul de sac This is not a spacious cul de sac as one would find it in the US these houses are close together, the yards unfenced, everything is cramped together One would think that the families would interact and be aware of each others business, but they might as well exist in bubbles Each family lives alone with their own problems, interacting with the neighbors in only the most superficial ways Each of the families grapples with how Japanese society is changing One middle aged couple finds themselves separated because his employer has relocated him, but she refuses to leave the house they raised their children in One couple with a teenage son deals with his insistence on living his own life, rather than showing respect to his parents One family seems haunted, living in a new house constructed over the spot where the house he grew up in was, seeing things that were there before, a palimpsest of architecture The final couple is younger the husband is self employed, the wife refuses to have children, dressing up a pet raccoon or a stuffed animal I was never entirely sure which it was and finding work outside the home herself All of the adults seem to be alone and isolated At times they get glimpses of each other through the trees and shrubs that bound the properties, through open windows They wonder what is happening, but do not ask The stories span several years Nothing dramatic happens, but there is a lot of strong emotion At times, there is a touch of surrealism The stories are bleak but compelling Kuroi has scratched the hard surfaces of the everyday people and shown us the troubles and emotions that lie beneath, hidden by civility The women come off as stronger characters than the men while the men see to just follow the current of life where ever it takes them, the women make decisions and stick by them That was a first for me in Japanese literature most of the Japanese authors I ve read stick to the male POV Despite being so much about everyday life, this book is creepy in an odd way I very much liked it

  5. Sae-chan says:

    Life in the cul de sac More likely, Life is a cul de sac Family life was like this in every single home, every single neighborhood, every city, every country Really, why bother I liked the many suggesive scenes that were wide opened for reader s imaginations I think different people would retell this story differently from one another Very clever, indeed.

  6. Amanda says:

    Fantastic Quietly profound.

  7. Nranger7 says:

    Read this for a class I took with Dr Gabriel the translator Some strange stories Glad Dr Gabriel added a map and list of characters that was very helpful

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