An Adopted Husband: (Sono Omokage)

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Knopf, 1919 - 275 pages
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Depressing but significant example of earl;y Japanese realistic novel. Futabatei is considered Japan's first western-style movelist Read full review

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Page 7 - Manyaku-Rori, and its reception was so great that the Imperial Rescript issued in 1881, promising the inauguration of constitutional administration within ten years was said to be due to the idea of popular rights widely diffused through that book.
Page 142 - ... One also can use photographs to heighten the effect, and they frequently are set upon the household shelf, or hung in the parlor, or even inset in tombstones. In his novel, An Adopted Husband (1919) Futabatei says of the illegitimate daughter, Sayoko, who has come back as widow to her father's house: "When, as an unfortunate widow, she returned home, her unmotherly mother and her sister, with whom she could not agree, treated her as if she were in the way. Though they always acted as if they...
Page 193 - Isn't this too much? Aren't you too cruel?" Shaking him, "Do you hate me so much? If you hate me so, I'd rather — " in a crying voice, "be killed at a blow. When I'm dead you'll be able to live with Sayo as you wish to do. Come," pulling herself nearer and crying, "please kill me at a blow.
Page 28 - She caught sight of him, put her lamp by her side, placed her delicate hands on the floor, the muslin-delaine sleeves hugging her forearms, and bowed her head; a ribbon of some colour undistinguishable at night fluttered; and her decidedly fair neck appeared through the screen of some stray back hair. She said, "I am glad to have you home again.
Page 169 - He entered the store, saying, "Pardon me." The landlady with good sense called from the bottom of the stairs, "Miss, he's come.
Page 9 - Dostoievski and Gorki into Japan; Flaubert and Maupassant are also prominent among the models of this school. Perhaps the most noted author of this group is Hasegawa [Futabatei], who died in 1909.
Page 5 - It is hopeless by translation to give any idea of the copious flow of rollicking humour which pervades every page of this really wonderful book. It is a picture of real life, for every detail of which Ikku has drawn on his own observation.
Page 230 - ... since whatever pleases in specific instances, is given the comprehensive term of perfection. From this concept (by which one certainly could not judge what pain or pleasure is), all practical precepts (even though they are only tautological rules, saying that one should do what is good) are derived either from the point of view of morality or from that of happiness, and the difference between these is not established.13 All systems are such as derive morality either from reason or from feeling...
Page 10 - Paul S. Reinsch : Intellectual and Political Currents in the Far East, pp.
Page 9 - He became a factor in the literature of his country as Japan became a factor in world affairs.

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