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What the Fortune Teller Didn't Say (review)

What the Fortune Teller Didn't Say (review) gambler father is dying from injuries incurred in a motorcycle accident. The son ponders his relationship to, and the influence of, the man he never really knew and reconstructs the role that this man played in the life of his family. The narrative jumps from present to imagined past and back again, alternating between points of view. "Red Hair" is a fairly straightforward account of the sexual relations of a day laborer and the mysterious, insatiable red-haired woman he picks up at a bus stop. Although one Japanese critic called this story a depiction of "the harmonious feeling human beings get when they experience themselves as a part of nature," dark currents run through the text. There are hints that the woman, who has abandoned her teacher-husband and children, is emotionally damaged. Each morning the couple is awakened by the screams of the speed addict next door. With its occasional images of violence and spare plot, this story illustrates another aspect of Nakagami's work. Western readers have long consumed exotic images of geisha and samurai; more recently, they've encountered the American-influenced works of Haruki Murakami and Banana Yoshimoto. The Cape and Other Stories from the Japanese Ghetto adds http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

What the Fortune Teller Didn't Say (review)

Manoa , Volume 13 (2) – Oct 1, 2001

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Abstract

gambler father is dying from injuries incurred in a motorcycle accident. The son ponders his relationship to, and the influence of, the man he never really knew and reconstructs the role that this man played in the life of his family. The narrative jumps from present to imagined past and back again, alternating between points of view. "Red Hair" is a fairly straightforward account of the sexual relations of a day laborer and the mysterious, insatiable red-haired woman he picks up at a bus stop. Although one Japanese critic called this story a depiction of "the harmonious feeling human beings get when they experience themselves as a part of nature," dark currents run through the text. There are hints that the woman, who has abandoned her teacher-husband and children, is emotionally damaged. Each morning the couple is awakened by the screams of the speed addict next door. With its occasional images of violence and spare plot, this story illustrates another aspect of Nakagami's work. Western readers have long consumed exotic images of geisha and samurai; more recently, they've encountered the American-influenced works of Haruki Murakami and Banana Yoshimoto. The Cape and Other Stories from the Japanese Ghetto adds

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ManoaUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 1, 2001

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