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Naomi Paperback – 23 April 2013

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"In a class with Lady Chatterley's Lover and Lolita. . . . Powerfully erotic, directly funny, a great novelist's masterpiece."
--Booklist

"Joji [is] exquisitely drawn, his uncomprehending guilelessness the perfect tool for the author's deft cross-cultural thrusts."
--The Washington Post Book Review

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Na-o-mi. The three syllables of this name, unusual in 1920s Japan, captivate a 28-year-old engineer, who soon becomes infatuated with the girl so named, a teenaged cafe waitress. Drawn to her Eurasian features and innocent demeanor, Joji is eager to whisk young Naomi away from the seamy underbelly of post--World War I Tokyo and to mold her into his ideal wife. But when the two come together to indulge their shared passion for Western culture, Joji discovers that Naomi is far from being the naive girl of his fantasies, and his passion descends into a comically helpless masochism.
A literary masterpiece that helped to establish Junichiro Tanizaki as Japan's greatest novelist, Naomi" is both a hilarious story of one man's obsession and torment, and a brilliant evocation of a nation's cultural confusion.

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4.0 out of 5 stars good book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 October 2013
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4.0 out of 5 stars Me gustó mucho
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5.0 out of 5 stars Merveilleux roman
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5.0 out of 5 stars Came for the reference to a manga, stayed for the writing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dual Obsession That Backfires- Japanese Lolita
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can the perfect woman be made?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A complex book using a romantic relationship to contrast the values of traditions, westernization, and something inbetween.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The primer to Tanizaki's works, a must-read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dancing Queen
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masochistic Romance
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another interesting Japanese writer
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