Hter in law Satsuko is a former cabaret performer The marriage was not initially pleasing to the Utsugi family The former cabaret performer The marriage was not initially pleasing to the Utsugi family The couple have an ight year old son whose occasional intrusions infuriate his grandfather The couple have an R High Performance Programming eight year old son whose occasional intrusions infuriate his grandfather The records visits to the Kabuki theatre afternoons in a tea housevening meals I have been hungry for el recently he particularly relishes the viscera The diary records in meticulous detail his ailments due to a growing debility neuralgia he can now barely walk to his pavilion with his snakewood stick and he reuires a night nurse whose very occasional nights off provoke intense irritation He is a prescription drug addict he knows about pharmaceuticals one of his doctors observes than any intern He is physically decayed and brutally honest with himself on the subjectI know very well that I am an ugly wrinkled old man When I look in the mirror at bedtime after taking out my false teeth the face I see is really weird not ven monkeys have such hideous facesHe is wholly impotent but sexually alive it is the only thing in him in fact which is not dyingI haven t the slightest desire to cling to life yet as long as I live I cannot help feeling attracted to the opposite sex I can Scala for Java Developers enjoy sexual stimulation in all kinds of distorted indirect ways At present I am living for that pleasureHis desire obsessional in its intensity is directed at his flighty daughter in law who lives for American movies and good times But she has beautiful feet Utsugi s fetish necks he also rather likes Seeing her advantage Satsuko cunningly teases her father allowing him to dry her feet after a shower For a cat sye ring costing a cool three million yen around 40000 dollars in current value she intimates he may have The Qur'an, Morality and Critical Reason: The Essential Muhammad Shahrur evenxciting privileges He stumps up and she allows him some heavy petting His systolic blood pressure count soars to 240The second half of the diary recounts a visit to Kyoto an unspoiled city Utsugi loves to arrange his tombstone and final resting place He intends to have casts of Satsuko s feet anonymously carved into the stone which will accompany him through ternity The Totentanz comes to its inevitable climax and Mr Utsugi has a second stroke The novel tails off with bleak medical reports on his near vegetative condition The story is wonderfully
Whittled Down To An Obsession down to an obsession Hardy choing Dido called veteris vestigia flammae the last flames There is not a single mention of the Second World War in the novel SorryI just don t like the old man and his weird and disgusting thoughts What a brilliant book Tanizaki is a master psychologistHe Heaven to Betsy explores human nature and our inner most desires like no otherHis prose style seems visceral yet it is so pellucid and movingOn a jocular vein I think all married couples ought to read this The usual Tanizaki bag of tricks unreliable bumbling narrators with unusual fetishes obsessing over women who play them for fools told through a diary frame The Key has the advantage of being told by two unreliable narrators on oppositends of the relationship something similar to what he did in A Man A Cat and Two Women but loses something by having a coda that So B. It explainsverything ambiguous all the tensions that were deliciously implied The Mad Old Man only has half the ambiguity yet benefits from its clini The Key is perhaps the ideal point of Cabaret entry to the world of Tanizaki the perfectncapsulation of his themes and style Employing a twin diary format The Key oscillates between the private diaries of a middle aged man Kenmochi and his beautiful wife Ikuko revealing the perverse relationship they share along with that of their comparatively unattractive adult daughter Toshiko and her would be lover Kimura the true love interest of Ikuko Kenmochi is getting on in years and no longer has what it takes to satisfy his wife conseuently he finds himself subtly creating situations where she is liable to cheat on him He doesn t believe she actually will being a self described traditional woman who abides by traditional values but the very prospect of it xcites him The jealous he becomes the higher his libido rises as does his blood pressure The perversity is both obvious g Kenmochi takes nude photographs of his unconscious wife and then asks Kimura to develop them and subtle g Ikuko slyly. Number of stimulants from brandy to a handsome young lover in order to reach new heights of pleasure Their alternating diaries record their separate adventures but whether for themselvess or ach other becomes the uestion Diary of a Ma. ,
25 stars Personally i prefer the key over the diary of a mad old man For me it is interesting to read on the key as it plays on the dynamics of a married couple and it is twistedly heartwarming to see a married man trying to ignite passion in a very unconventional way The diary of a mad old man on the other hand is plain perverse There is nothing to like or relatable for me in it Tanizaki is absolutely mesmerizing Every time I read one
his novels walk away feeling as though I have been bewitched by his workof his novels
These works were no different This book is definitely worth a lookworks were no different This book is definitely worth a look will most assuredly change your outlook on getting olderThe Key This story of a m It makes sense that the publisher put these two novels together Both are written in diary format though The Key has dueling writers Both articulate sexual deviant thoughts and fantasies of an old Japanese man with a proclivity toward foot fetishIn The Key a 50 something husband and his 40 something wife are both writing diaries Many Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice events are describes from the two vantage points Thentries are written over a half year period The wife En plein coeur encouraged by the husband and their 20 something daughterngages in an The Bookshop on the Shore extramarital affair with a man who initially dates the daughter This man brings new vigor andxcitement into the couple s sex life The husband has odd fetishes and perversions and the wife tolerates his behavior She finds many of her husband s behavior disgusting but also grudgingly appreciates his love and worship of her body The back and forth Dance Real Slow entries are interesting The husband and the daughter s tacit acceptance of thextramarital liaison is surprising and a bit disturbing Besides his sexual deviance the husband has high blood pressure and poor health and his xcited state in his sexual acts put him at risk The Diary of a Mad Old Man describes the relation between an 77 year old man and his son s stranged wife She is a beautiful young woman named Satsuko who previously worked as a dancer She is aware of her power over her perverted father in law and openly manipulates him She tempts him and gives him small indulgences such as watching her bathing He is impotent and in poor health Mentally he is afire with lust for her He realizes she is manipulating him for money and favors He is a masochistic and njoys the humiliation and torment The she takes advantage and treats him with disdain the he obsesses with her She understands the game and we are witness to this twisted relationshipTanizaki bravely bares his soul with these unflattering accounts The stories are sad poignant and original The diary format works well We see how these unhealthy relationships and obsessions form over a short period of time and uickly nvelop the players in these sexual fantasies and farces A curious set of books that show the thoughts of polite and vulnerable sexual deviants and how they are slaves to their sexual obsessions Most of us read novels most intensely at two stages of life First in arly adolescence when one lives with one s nose in a book Secondly late in life when one has time to get round to the books one has always promised oneself to read With reference to sunset reading much interesting fiction nowadays seems directed to the uestion how to live old I am struck in bookshops by *Racks Newly Erected In The Last Decade *newly rected in the last decade teen fiction If walk in bookshops survive not a certainty I shall xpect soon to see racks spring up labelled old guys novels Prominent among such fiction s themes is how should the old male old devils as Kingsley Amis called them deal with their inconvenient sexual desire Amis gives one English answer Philip Roth another American answer see THE DYING ANIMAL Tanizaki offers a third distinctively Japanese answer The Diary of a Mad Old Man is a fascinating mid to late life read It was published when the author was seventy five three years before his death and already inexorably on the way there The Mad Old Man of the title Mr Utsugi a couple of years older than his author keeps a diary in which he records his very private thoughtsHe lives prosperously in 1950s Tokyo a rebuilt city he loathes in a house which he shares with his wife who is never named and does not much matter His son Jokichi is a busy businessman rarely at home His daug. These two modern classics by the great Japanese novelist Junichiro Tanizaki both utilize the diary form to xplore the authority that love and sex have over allIn The Key a middle aged professor plies his wife of thirty years with any. .
Read The Key Diary of a Mad Old Man.
Exposes the bare toes on her feet arousing her
HUSBAND S FOOT FETISH BUT THE COMPLEXITY OF THESEs foot fetish but the complexity of these relationships is by and large handled subtly with the layers of deception piling into their respective diaries ach and large handled subtly with the layers of deception piling into their respective diaries ach which they suspect the other to Be Secretly Reading Thus Making The Veracity Of The Contents secretly reading thus making the veracity of the contents suspect forcing the reader to ponder the truth right along with the characters Tanizaki s characters are mostly masochists and The Key Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography exemplifies this A uote from the novel suggests how convoluted these masochistic feelings and actions become in his work I m the one who lent your husband the Polaroid camera he told me I suppose he wanted to search outvery detail of your body but than that I think he wanted to make me suffer I think he likes having me develop the films he likes The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, exciting me and making me fight a terrible temptation And he relishes the thought that my own feelings are reflected in you till you re as tormented as I am It s cruel of him to do this to us but I still don t want to betray him I see how you are suffering and I want to suffer with you I want to suffer and deeply The mother and daughter aressentially vying for the same man and here Tanizaki adds a common theme in his work the tension between the traditional and the modern The mother wears traditional Japanese garb kimonos and such while the daughter wears strictly western clothes Interestingly as Ikuko begins to see Kimura she too begins to dress in western clothes thus the corruption of her fidelity is linked to the modern western culture Tanizaki like many of his contemporary writers held a nostalgic longing for traditional Japanese culture and as such I believe this reading is consistent with his worldview I would be all set to proclaim The Key one of Tanizaki s very greatest novels were it not for the final 15 pages For reasons I won t begin to fathom he decided to xplain verything away in xtreme detail thus destroying the mysterious tone he had created through the many layers of deceptions Certainly some of the conclusions are fascinating but they were already implicit in what he had previously written By comparison Ichikawa s film adaptation Odd Obsession changes the nding drastically or to be precise it looks past the The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl ending of the novel and imagines what might happen to these characters It s a devilish finale in keeping with the layered deceptions foundlsewhere in the novel and a satisfying conclusion to the story than the one Tanizaki has supplied Nevertheless the film never gets into the psychologies of its characters with the same relish that Tanizaki s diary form allows but that is in keeping with Ichikawa s mode of adaptation which relies on the concrete and Exile and Pilgrim external than the psychological Longing and desire are at the heart of these two short novelsach utilizing a diary format in which the characters write their deepest darkest yes kinkiest yearnings This is nothing if not a sexy book in a perverse Tanizaki way ie not for veryone There is a great deal of pathos here a 77 year old man obsessively longing for his beautiful daughter in law a long married couple who seem to have no true intimacy in bed or lsewhere but there are also several strong doses of dark humor to keep things in check In Tanizaki s obsessive world longing can destroy you but also keeps you alive with its perpetual hope But before I get myself into too much trouble I would like to draw a parallel between Tanizaki and Prince as I believe they have much in common I had a Japanese day the other day I decided that sashimi would be an Hannah Montana: The Movie excellent post workout meal it was and that I should curl up with some Tanizaki and a shochu and watch Nagisa Oshima s In the Realm of the Senses which is brilliant but I legit wanted to claw out myyes at some of the imagery in there Jesus fuck This makes Tanizaki s grotesue intimately told stories about dirty old men with laundry lists of fetishes were the second most disturbing piece of art about social decline in mid century Japan viewed through the lens of sexual deviancy I ncounteredWhy doesn t the rest of the world do shit on this level The French have a few stellar representatives Bataille Mirbeau Huysmans but it s nowhere near the standard In Japan it seems awfully close to mainstream. D Old Man records with alternating humor and sadness seventy seven year old Utsugi’s discovery that ven his stroke ravaged body still contains a raging libido specially in the unwitting presence of his chic mysterious daughter in