De vrouw van de dokter #2020

De vrouw van de dokter By Sawako Ariyoshi Paul Wijsman De vrouw van de dokter Kae is uitgehuwelijkt aan de jonge Japanse arts Hanaoka Seishu die ze zelf nog nooit heeft ontmoet Aanvankelijk kan Kae het goed vinden met haar schoonfamilie Na verloop van tijd probeert Kae s schoo
  • Title: De vrouw van de dokter
  • Author: Sawako Ariyoshi Paul Wijsman
  • ISBN: 9789052262505
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • De vrouw van de dokter By Sawako Ariyoshi Paul Wijsman
    De vrouw van de dokter By Sawako Ariyoshi Paul Wijsman Kae is uitgehuwelijkt aan de jonge Japanse arts Hanaoka Seishu, die ze zelf nog nooit heeft ontmoet Aanvankelijk kan Kae het goed vinden met haar schoonfamilie Na verloop van tijd probeert Kae s schoonmoeder Otsugi haar zoon steeds meer in te palmen Tussen de twee vrouwen ontstaat een felle concurrentiestrijd om de in gunst van de dokter te komen Beiden gaan hierin zovKae is uitgehuwelijkt aan de jonge Japanse arts Hanaoka Seishu, die ze zelf nog nooit heeft ontmoet Aanvankelijk kan Kae het goed vinden met haar schoonfamilie Na verloop van tijd probeert Kae s schoonmoeder Otsugi haar zoon steeds meer in te palmen Tussen de twee vrouwen ontstaat een felle concurrentiestrijd om de in gunst van de dokter te komen Beiden gaan hierin zover, dat ze zich beschikbaar stellen als proefpersonen voor zijn experimenten met narcotica.Een roman, gebaseerd op het leven van de historische figuur Seishu, de arts die in 1805 als eerste een borstoperatie verrichte onder volledige narcose.
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    • Sawako Ariyoshi Paul Wijsman

      Born in Wakayama City and a graduate of Tokyo Women s Christian College, Sawako Ariyoshi spent part of her childhood in Java A prolific novelist, she dramatises significant issues in her fiction such as the suffering of the elderly, the effects of pollution on the environment, and the effects of social and political change on Japanese domestic life and values, especially on the lives of women Her novel The Twilight Years depicts the life of a working woman who is caring for her elderly, dying father in law Among Ariyoshi s other novels is The River Ki, an insightful portrait of the lives of three rural women a mother, daughter, and granddaughter Her novel The Doctor s Wife, a historical novel dramatising the roles of nineteenth century Japanese women as it chronicles the experience of a pioneer doctor with breast cancer surgery, has identified her as one of the finest postwar Japanese women writers The Doctor s Wife 1966 is considered as her best novel Starting in 1949, Ariyoshi studied literature and theatre at the Tokyo Women s Christian College until she graduated in 1952 In 1959 she spent a year at the Sarah Lawrence College in New York She then worked with a publishing company and also wrote for journals, joined a dance troupe, and wrote short stories and scripts for various media She travelled extensively, getting material for her serialized novels of domestic life, mostly dealing with social issues Recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in 1959, Ariyoshi had received some Japanese literary awards and was at the height of her career when she died quietly in her sleep.See

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    • Ariyoshi is not for me She writes short novels and still I am unable to push past the halfway mark There s no momentum, and the language is serviceable at best Hence, reading this novel makes me feel as though I am rafting down a river where the water is low and there s no current I m deciding to get out now, walk to shore, drag my raft to the car and head elsewhere Figuratively speaking.


    • If this book ever became popular on this site, I d imagine the rating would tank and the reviews would be choked with mewling and puking about polemics and misandrists and god knows what other instances of fragile masculinity This is not your Kawabata or your Tanizaki or even your Enchi, but a fictional take on a real historical instance that sacrifices subtlety in order to put forward its critique on its nonfictional origins Domestic politics, the rights of the patient versus the power of the [...]


    • 3.75 starsI first read Sawako Ariyoshi s The River Ki Kodansha, 2004 in June last year, this is her second novel I read and found it inspiring due to her powerful narration and lively dialogs that focus on the life of the first doctor in the world to perform surgery for breast cancer under a general anesthetic back cover From her two novels, I noticed, they primarily don t suggest romance, ideal or sentimentality rather they present something social, practical, rural in which her characters stru [...]


    • This Ariyoshi book starts with Kae as a young woman and follows her through the rest of her life, primarily focusing on her marriage to the noted surgeon Hanaoka Seishu He was a real surgeon in the 18th century who made his name for, amongst other things, being the first to perform surgery using a general anesthetic, and specifically for using the anesthetic for breast cancer surgery This fictionalized account of their life together is fascinating not only from a medical standpoint but also from [...]


    • Mee s rating 4.5 5First published at meexia bookie 2018 02 My first book of the year is another book club read with the Japanese Lit GR group Ariyoshi seems to be one of the favourites among the members and the group has read another of her book The River Ki, which I missed, so this is my first Ariyoshi.First published in 1966, The Doctor s Wife has quite an amazing premise The story is based on the life of Hanaoka Seishu 1760 1835 , a provincial doctor who invented anaesthetic, thus was able to [...]


    • The prose was clear and straightforward, similar to a journalistic account Ariyoshi employs a third person omniscient approach and to focus on the motivations of the Mother of the house and her Daughter and law, who vie with one another for the attentions of the eldest son and, in the Daughter s case, her husband Much of the tension in the book draws from the sustained misunderstanding between Mother and Daughter, both of whom take for granted the idea that one is trying to outdo the other.The d [...]


    • I like the competition for Hanaoka Seishu s attention and affection between Otsugi the mother and Kae the wife At first, they were like mother and daughter but as Seishu finishes medical school and comes back from Kyoto, the relationship between Otsugi and Kae starts to fall apart Seishu discovered the tsusensan, an anesthetic Before the anesthetic s widespread popularity and efficacy, Seishu had been experimenting on either Otsugi and Kae It s so funny how Otsugi brags to Kae about being the st [...]


    • This book is really a short, exquisite piece The title pretty much tells you who it s about Kae is the doctor s wife the title refers to , but there are two main characters One is her mother in law, Otsugi, whom she initially admires and has a close relationship too, and the other one is her husband, Seishu.So basically Kae has admired Otsugi since she was a little girl, and was thrilled when she was invited to be her daughter in law The two had a close relationship until Seishu came back from K [...]


    • A powerful book about two women s fight to gain the attention of one man a mother in law and wife The secondary story is about one doctor s search for an anaesthetic so he can perform operations, especially for breast cancer Hanaoka Seishu successfully developed the anaesthetic before the West and used it for the first time to operate on breast cancer This book does not read like a translation from the original Japanese It is an easy read and it s simplicity draws you in from the beginning.


    • I ve read this in both English and Japanese Its unbelievable, and truly one of those books that will shake your core If I remember correctly parts of this are based on fact, but its mostly fiction Still, what the wife and her mother in law endure for the love of one man and his mission to improve medical science is unfathomable Great for those who want to understand about the plight of women in Japanese society before the turn of the 20th century as well as family life.


    • The book is an account of how Kae, Hanaoka Seishu s wife, and her mother in love played a role in developing the world s first effective anesthetic Hanaoka Seishu used this anesthetic to perform removal of breast tumors and other difficult surgical procedures which were impossible before.The book s focus is on the emotional experiences of the women in the Hanaoka family It portrays how they lived through the time while Seishu experimented for long years on animals, and then eventually on Kae and [...]


    • Brief at around 170 pages, but still felt detailed I have to admit, I generally don t read or enjoy books set so far back in the past, but I do enjoy books set in Japan, so seemed worth a try The story is beautifully told, but it is quite grim I believe it s loosely based on a real life doctor who experimented on his wife and mother to find a useable anesthetic I found the relationship between Kae and her mother in law both relatable and confusing Why did she pursue Kae for her precious son if s [...]


    • Don t you think men are incredible It seems that an intelligent person like my brother would have noticed the friction between you and mother but throughout he shrewdly pretended he didn t see anything which resulted in both you and mother drinking the medicine Well, isn t it so I think this sort of of tension among females is to the advantages of every male The Doctor s Wife tells the story of Hanaoka Seishu, based on actual life of the great doctor with a dramatic, fiction element of relations [...]


    • Truthfully, this is a four star book But reading about jealousy is so claustrophobic, and this book so pointedly obsesses over this factor of human relationships that I gotta give it a it was just okay.



    • It was an interesting book but it had a weird mixture of being biographical at points and fictional which left some of the events and pacing of the story disjointed at points.


    • The Doctor s Wife by Sawako Ariyoshi is a good novel, though with a problematic element inherent in it While the main story revolves around Kae, who is married into the Dr Seishu Hanaoka and his family, especially her mother in law, Otsugi, with whom she has a contemptuous and oftentimes, competitive relationship, to the point that each woman is willing to destroy their own bodies for the sake of the husband son s success as a doctor, who is trying to find a way to create an anesthetic in order [...]



    • Sawako Ariyoshi s The Doctor s Wife was enjoyable in that it was simply written whether that s due to Ariyoshi s writing or the way it was translated, either way it was a quick and smooth read.The narrative of The Doctor s Wife consists of two intertwined parts The first part, mostly factual, is over how Hanaoka Seishu was able to concoct an anesthetic and how he was the first to be successful in surgically removing a tumor caused by breast cancer The second part, mostly fictional, revealed the [...]


    • The book was already sitting on my shelves for a long time, before I got to read it As it sometimes goes, it seemed a very interesting book to me, so I bought it And then I did not read it, up to now.And I was impressed Impressed by the story itself that is about a doctor s family that denies herself everything to make it possible for the son, Unpei, to study medicine About the indefatigable quest of that country doctor for further ways and means to heal the sick At first by bringing just the in [...]


    • This story is a fictionalised account of the household of Hanaoka Seishu, the first surgeon in the world to successfully administer general anaesthesia to perform an operation It was an absorbing read, not just the parts on how Seishu gradually through experimentation developed the formula for anaesthesia, but also the parts depicting the rivalry between Seishu s wife Kae and his mother Otsugi which I found out upon googling was fictional , all told with the traditional Japanese restraint and re [...]


    • I wish Sawako Ariyoshi was better know in the States Her style is accessible and smooth, like a good summer read, but her plots and themes are deceptively rich.The Doctor s Wife is superficially speaking about the fractured relationship between a wife and her mother in law as they claw for the attention of the man who serves respectively as husband and son But the meat on these bones is a slow burn critique of the patriarchy, one that demythologizes both the invention of general anesthesia and t [...]


    • I m still not sure how Ms Ariyoshi managed to cram so much life into such a small book.Based on the true story of the first person to come up with reliable surgery anesthesia decades before someone in the West came up with the same this novel seems to say in one page than other books say in chapters.It s based on the historical figure Seishu Hanaoka but it s really all about the relationship between his young wife and his mother and the mostly unknown contribution and sacrifice they made to his [...]


    • Dr Hanaoka Seishu 1760 1835 was the first in the world to operate a patient under a general anesthetic in 1804 , with techniques which go back to both Dutch and Chinese medicine Ariyoshi studied his personal papers for her novel, but the famous doctor is not the main character in the book that is firstly his wife Kae, and after that his mother Otsugi The rivalry between these two women for his attention is central to the novel and propels the story forward While he is still developing the powder [...]


    • A novel set in the Tokugawa era of Japan One of the author s main motivations for this book may have been to right an historical wrong that is, to show the story behind the story of Hanaoka Seishu, one of the first doctors in the world to operate on breast cancer using an anesthetic This story adds to the largely untold story of the women of the Tokugawa period It s an easy but never boring read The crux of the novel rests on a daughter and mother in law who argue in front of their husband son a [...]


    • I enjoyed this book.It is the story of the wife of the first doctor to have ever performed open surgery sing anesthesia What makes it interesting is the relationship between the wife and the mother in law, and about how they compete to help the doctor.The last couple of chapters provide a lot of insight, and made me appreciate the book even .Strange to compare, but like Gatsby, I felt that this book was much better after I finished it, and I could appreciate it as a whole work and statement Good [...]


    • I had a hard time putting a score for this one, for the book does deserve the score I gave it, however I did not enjoy completely the story, it was brief and engaging and certainly interesting from the historical and social point of view, yet the constant bickering and bad relationship of Kae and Otsugi was making me feel stressed, there was no end to it, so I can not say that I liked it.Despite not being the novel I would pick up a second time I would encourage other people to read it at least [...]


    • It gives a good picture of a collectivist society how half the dilemma of making decisions is in how it will reflect on the people you re related to or involved with.The role of women in the late eighteenth century Japan was definitely one of being on the sidelines Everything they do in the book revolves around the man.Nice job creating a story around a true situation.


    • Zero stars This novel is a fraud It started interesting, until I realized that this apparently historical novel is just a big lie There should have been a preface separating historical fact from imagination on the part of the author Not surprisingly, the story degenerated into a ridiculous feminist litany of how women were victimized during this period.


    • The relationship between the mother and the wife of a Japanese Doctor forms the basis for a very interesting historical novel about the development and use of anesthesia in Japanese medicine several decades before its first use in the West The development of the adversarial relationship between the two women is almost overshadowed by the historical information.


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