A Romance Novel Written by a Woman, for Women
“Koi” is a 1996 novel written by a Japanese female author; Koike Mariko. The fictional mysterious story is there for women, and for telling us what 1970s atmosphere was.
Being released in 1996, “Koi” had sold over 700,000 copies till 2013 December. The great love story made Mariko get the Naoki Prize. She said “this is going to be a major turning point in my writing life.”
An old woman named Yano plays the main character. She was a female college student in 1972, and killed a man at the time. A non-fiction writer goes interested and offers a meeting to Yano who has lately lived in peace after doing bird for 14 years. She doesn’t accept and hides away from the writer.
One day, Yano knows her days are numbered for a cancer. She thinks it over and decides to answer him because the old lady wants somebody to get the truth before death comes to her. Yano begins to talk about what she has hidden.
To speak generally, the dramas Yano spent are all in perversion. But you will be a prisoner of the unique atmosphere which looks leading to destruction. Her writing ability and its good structure, they make us consent to the Naoki Prize.
Why did it become so popular? I believe Mariko weaved the story for women including her, needless to say. In reading, some ladies need the ill-fated character to be addicted. The fortunate one can be a mirror to them, and then, women feels kind of ecstasy. Yano has been a precious reflecting mirror.
I don’t recommend any inconstancy games. Not to mention, I won’t forgive any murder for love affairs. On the other hand, I don’t deny that we feel sort of beauty about the two major reveries; death and love. “Koi” can give you the ecstasy.
・Written by Koike Mariko
・Published by Hayakawa Shobou Co.,Ltd. (1996)
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