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The Laws of Evening book. I first heard about Mary Yukari Waters on this terrific radio program on Sunday evenings called Selected Shorts from Symphony Space, on whi This is a delightful collection of short stories by a Japanese American woman, Mary Yukari Waters. The stories are mostly delicate and very Japanese (or what I consider Japanese) and so lightly flavored that they just give you a breeze of scent and taste.

With exquisite prose and breathtaking insight, Mary Yukari Waters brings to life a generation of Japanese women who . THE LAWS OF EVENING captures the heartbreaking loss and fragile beauty of a dying civilization.

With exquisite prose and breathtaking insight, Mary Yukari Waters brings to life a generation of Japanese women who survived the war their husbands did not - the last representatives of a delicate, ancient culture. In their past lies the brutality and defeat of World War Two, which fills them with shame. In the future looms the American Century, which their children want to embrace.

eed-to advance haughtily over the tatami matting, knees bent and one arm outstretched; then a snappy turn of the head (her aged body following more slowly) and a few more steps before. Sitting back down, heartbeat high. All it takes is music from when she was a bride-when she and her first husband, Shigeru, went ballroom dancing every Saturday night, in the years before the.

Mary Yukari Waters approaches her characters' symptoms and distresses with the compassionate curiosity of a brilliant physician. She treats these human beings - however exotic, to this Western male, may be their customs and circumstances - with scrupulous dignity. Her characters do better for having come under her gaze.

The stories of Mary Yukari Waters in the collection The Laws of Evening are simply wonderful. They are perfect renderings of those crucial but often fleeting moments when both life’s beauty and its brevity are recognized. The stories are seamless, creating almost a novel about an extended Japanese family branching out through time and place. The stories range in setting from the days before World War II, to the difficult years of the war and the years after, and coming up to the present time, to a modern Japan still in touch with the old ways of the alleys, the shrines, and the rituals.

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. In this dazzling debut collection, Mary Yukari Waters, a remarkably gifted, award-winning Japanese-American writer, opens a window onto a foreign culture as she reveals the universal humanity of her characters

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. In this dazzling debut collection, Mary Yukari Waters, a remarkably gifted, award-winning Japanese-American writer, opens a window onto a foreign culture as she reveals the universal humanity of her characters. The women and children who inhabit these crystalline tales have lost husbands and fathers in the war and now face a world dramatically altered by Western influence.

The Laws of Evening - Mary Yukari Waters. THE NAKAZAWAS were in China barely a week when they first heard the drumming of a prisoner procession. Recently Masae dreamed that Koonyan turned toward her and revealed a face without features, as smooth and blank as a stone. She admitted this to Shoji, with a self-deprecating little laugh.

Mary Yukari Waters is an American Japanese-Irish author who, in her collection of stories The Laws of Evening, writes about Japanese culture, usually women’s experiences adapting to their lives in this culture

Mary Yukari Waters is an American Japanese-Irish author who, in her collection of stories The Laws of Evening, writes about Japanese culture, usually women’s experiences adapting to their lives in this culture.

Mary Yukari Waters was born in Japan and has lived in the US since the age of. .

Mary Yukari Waters was born in Japan and has lived in the US since the age of nine. Her critically acclaimed collection of stories, The Laws of Evening, won an O. Henry Award and a Pushcart Prize. Close X. Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter.

Seed - Since my house burned down - Shibusa - Aftermath - Kami - Rationing - The laws of evening - Egg-face - The way love works - Circling the hondo - Mirror studies.

In the wake of World War Two, a generation of Japanese women found itself frozen, as if in amber - the last representatives of an exquisite, ancient culture slowly being crushed between the realisation of its own brutality and the coming American Century. Mary Yukari Waters' astonishingly assured and elegant portraits show these women, with their husbands and fathers gone and their children at risk from appalling hunger and illness, still drawing sustenance from the dying tradition in which they were raised. Upheaval is balanced with renewal, estrangement with reconciliation: a mother tries to leaven her son's appetite for baseball and American food with the memory of his father; a woman asks few questions of an old, lost friend so that he might save face. With her completely authentic and alive stories, Yukari Waters gives her readers a passport into an otherwise alien culture, taking us beyond the usual images of Japan and into the human heart behind the ritual.

Comments: (7)

Ndav
I first encountered Mary Yakuri Waters' stories in the O. Henry and Best American Short Story anthologies, and thoroughly enjoyed the stories I read in those volumes. During my first-ever trip to Japan, I chose "The Laws of Evening" (TLE), a collection of eleven of Ms. Waters' stories, to put my mind in the proper frame for the visit. It turned out to be an excellent choice. Each story was not only enjoyable, but provided insight into a different segment of modern-day Japanese society and 20th century history.

Unlike some short story collections by a single author, each story in TLE stands on its own and explores a different element of Japanese society. Waters is able to avoid seeming to rewrite the same story over and over. The primary commonality across all stories is that they explore incidents in the lives of average middle-class Japanese people. Waters focuses her attention on the characters' thoughts and feelings, and uses their actions to illuminate her characters' personal philosophies on life and living. The characters in her stories typically place limitations on their actions and formulate routines that end up defining their roles in their families and society. There is also an underlying theme of the rapid modernization of Japan, and the adaptation that Japanese citizens have therefore had to undergo to transform their culture and society. Waters explores these themes with descriptive, precise prose and interesting plot lines, and the result is a collection of very well-crafted stories.

I would be hard-pressed to choose a most favorite story in this collection or to identify a dud - they were all enjoyable and insightful. I plan to reread these stories again in the future, when I want a refresh on Japan. For anyone with an interest in getting inside the minds of average, everyday people in modern Japanese society, I highly recommend "The Laws of Evening".
Alsantrius
I rarely write comments about books but this is a welcome exception. A beautifully written, thoughtful collection of short stories. With quiet grace the author touches on deeply felt and experienced life issues. As a writer and an obsessive reader I must say this is the best book I have read in a long time. I highly recommend it.
Unereel
These short stories are beautiful! I read them again and again. Waters' use of language is lovely and perfect. I highly recommend this collection to anyone who likes short stories about the human experience.
Ice_One_Guys
I Loved this book. Well written and meaningful. I highly recommend it
Dainris
I enjoyed the stories in this book and loved learning about the Japanese-American experience. I especially loved "The Way Love Works."
Burisi
"When you come first in someone's heart...when you feel the magnitude of another person's love for you...you become a different person. I mean something physically changes inside of you...I want you to have that feeling, because it will sustain you, all your life. Life...life can get so hard."
The sentiments above as spoken by a Mother to her daughter in the penultimate story, `The Way Love Works' in Mary Yukari Waters's "The Laws of Evening," pretty much sums up this short story collection as a whole.
Yukari has chosen to focus on the years in Japan surrounding the Second World War in this collection of stories and specifically, for the most part on the Japanese women's view of things.
Each story is well crafted, many are precious, snapshot views of the War and all have to do with relationships. Much of the writing is quite beautiful and a much of it is extremely revealing and psychologically true, as in this description of a son's relationship with his father: "Outsiders would not understand their exchange. They would not see that his father, far from begging for sympathy, would have considered it out of place. The truth was that there was an understanding; they had no need for embarrassing displays. Saburo thought of the railroad they were drafting at work, its parallel rails never touching, yet exquisitely synchronized, committed in their separateness as they curved though hill and valley. That he was comfortable with. That, he could do."
Mary Yukari Waters is a fresh, gentle voice whose writing, on the other hand, reveals a dagger like precision especially when applied to the mysteries and intricacies of Mother/Daughter and Father/Son relationships. I look forward to Yakari-Waters mixing it up a bit in her next book: maybe a novel about the Japanese Youth Culture or one about the Japanese American situation in America during WWII?
Domarivip
Other reviewers understandably and accurately comment on the way the author informs the reader on cultural and historical issues, but I believe this most remarkable masterpiece works because of the depth of its sensitivity to private human experience and its rare literary style. Not a word should be added, not a word removed.
Most of the stories speak of women who have confronted loss, but this is in no way a "woman's book." I have purchased a half dozen copies to share with friends here and overseas, and several of those have subsequently purchased more copies to send to their friends. All have loved it, both men and women. My only complaint about the work is that it ended too soon.
(While I myself generally prefer novels, in contrast to another reviewer I am not certain this author should be encouraged to write novels: she has developed too well the capacity to carve small fine gems.)
You will be glad to have read this rarely engaging and uncommonly touching short book.
The Laws of Evening download epub
Short Stories & Anthologies
Author: Mary Yukari Waters
ISBN: 0743248163
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Short Stories & Anthologies
Language: English
Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (May 6, 2003)
Pages: 240 pages