(PDF DOWNLOAD) [The Key Diary of a Mad Old Man] ´ Junichirō Tanizaki
In law Satsuko It was rather SAD TOO AS TOKUSUKE COULDN T too as Tokusuke couldn t what he used to he would do anything ust for a little bit of satisfaction a kiss spending time with Satsuko etc I think that this may have been a reflection of Tanizaki s own life At the time that this was written he was in his twilight years and passed a few years after the story was published It probably surprised him at that age he would still have those desires Just because someone is older doesn t mean they are dead to the world Longing and desire are at the heart of these two short novels each utilizing a diary format in which the characters write their deepest darkest yes kinkiest yearnings This is nothing if not a sexy book in a perverse Tanizaki way ie not for everyone There is a great deal of pathos here a 77 year old man obsessively longing for his beautiful daughter in law a long married couple who seem to have no true intimacy in bed or elsewhere but there are also several strong doses of dark humor to keep things in check In Tanizaki s obsessive world longing can destroy you but also keeps you alive with its perpetual hope But before I get myself into too much trouble I would like to draw a parallel between Tanizaki and Prince as I believe they have much in common What a brilliant book Tanizaki is a master psychologistHe explores human nature and our inner most desires like no otherHis prose style seems visceral yet it is so pellucid and movingOn a ocular vein I think all married couples ought to read this It makes sense that the publisher put these two novels together Both are written in diary format though The Key has dueling writers Both articulate sexual deviant thoughts and fantasies of an old Japanese man with a proclivity toward foot fetishIn The Key a 50 something husband and his 40 something wife are both writing diaries Many events are describes from the two vantage points The entries are written over a half year period The wife encouraged by the husband and their 20 something daughter engages in an extramarital affair with
a man who initially dates the daughter This man brings new man who initially dates the daughter This man brings new and excitement into the couple s sex life The husband has odd fetishes and perversions and the wife tolerates his behavior She finds many of her husband s behavior disgusting but also grudgingly appreciates his love and worship of her body The back and forth entries are interesting The husband and the daughter s tacit acceptance of the extramarital liaison is surprising and a bit disturbing Besides his sexual deviance the husband has high blood pressure and poor health and his excited state in his sexual acts put him at risk The Diary of a Mad Old Man describes the relation between an 77 year old man and his son s estranged wife She is a beautiful young woman named Satsuko who previously worked as a dancer She is aware of her power over her perverted father in law and openly manipulates him She tempts him and gives him small indulgences such as watching her bathing He is impotent and in poor health Mentally he is afire with lust for her He realizes she is manipulating him for money and favors He is a masochistic and enjoys the humiliation and torment The she takes advantage and treats him with disdain the he obsesses with her She understands the game and we are witness to this twisted relationshipTanizaki bravely bares his soul with these unflattering accounts The stories are sad poignant and original The diary format works well We see how these unhealthy relationships and obsessions form over a short period of time and uickly envelop the players in these sexual fantasies and farces A curious set of books that show the thoughts of polite and vulnerable sexual deviants and how they are slaves to their sexual obsessions I had a Japanese day the other day I decided that sashimi would be an excellent post workout meal it was and that I should curl up with some Tanizaki and a shochu and watch Nagisa Oshima s In the Realm of the Senses which is brilliant but I legit wanted to out my eyes at some of the imagery in there Jesus fuck This makes Tanizaki grotesue intimately told stories about dirty old men with laundry lists of fetishes were the second most disturbing piece of art about social decline in mid century Japan viewed through the lens of sexual deviancy I encounteredWhy doesn t the rest of the world do shit on this level The French have a few stellar representatives Bataille Mirbeau Huysmans but it s nowhere near the standard In Japan it seems awfully close to mainstream The usual Tanizaki bag of tricks unreliable bumbling narrators with unusual fetishes obsessing over women who play them for fools told through a diary frame The Key has the advantage of being told by two unreliable narrators on opposite Number of stimulants from brandy to a handsome young lover in order to reach new heights of pleasure Their alternating diaries record their separate adventures but whether for themselvess or each other becomes the uestion Diary of a Ma.
Junichirō Tanizaki Ò 7 read & downloadNds of the relationship something similar to what he did in A Man A Cat and Two Women but loses something by having a coda that explains everything ambiguous all the tensions that were deliciously implied The Mad Old Man only has half the ambiguity yet benefits from its clinical objectivity at the end Companion pieces yes and not without their charms but never uite as tense and nervy as some of Tanizaki s earlier work one gets the sense of having read this before ust with different names
and without the bittersweet tragic implications of Some Prefer Nettles Most of us read novels mostwithout the bittersweet tragic implications of Some Prefer Nettles Most of us read novels most at two stages of life First in early adolescence When One Lives With One one lives with one nose in a book Secondly late in life when one has time to get round to the books one has always promised oneself to read With reference to sunset reading much interesting fiction nowadays seems directed to the uestion how to live old I am struck in bookshops by racks newly erected in the last decade offering teen fiction If walk in bookshops survive not a certainty I shall expect soon to see racks spring up labelled old guys novels Prominent among such fiction s themes is how should the old male old devils as Kingsley Amis called them deal with their inconvenient sexual desire Amis gives one English answer Philip Roth another American answer see THE DYING ANIMAL Tanizaki offers a third distinctively Japanese answer The Diary of a Mad Old Man is a fascinating mid to late life read It was published when the author was seventy five three years before his death and already inexorably on the way there The Mad Old Man of the title Mr Utsugi a couple of years older than his author keeps a diary in which he records his very private thoughtsHe lives prosperously in 1950s Tokyo a rebuilt city he loathes in a house which he shares with his wife who is never named and does not much matter His son Jokichi is a busy businessman rarely at home His daughter in law Satsuko is a former cabaret performer The marriage was not initially pleasing to the Utsugi family The young couple have an eight year old son whose occasional intrusions infuriate his grandfather The diary records visits to the Kabuki theatre afternoons in a tea house evening meals I have been hungry for eel recently he particularly relishes the viscera The diary records in meticulous detail his ailments due to a growing debility neuralgia he can now barely walk to his pavilion with his snakewood stick and he reuires a night nurse whose very occasional nights off provoke intense irritation He is a prescription drug addict he knows about pharmaceuticals one of his doctors observes than any intern He is physically decayed and brutally honest with himself on the subjectI know very well that I am an ugly wrinkled old man When I look in the mirror at bedtime after taking out my false teeth the face I see is really weird not even monkeys have such hideous facesHe is wholly impotent but sexually alive it is the only thing in him in fact which is not dyingI haven t the slightest desire to cling to life yet as long as I live I cannot help feeling attracted to the opposite sex I can enjoy sexual stimulation in all kinds of distorted indirect ways At present I am living for that pleasureHis desire obsessional in its intensity is directed at his flighty daughter in law who lives for American movies and good times But she has beautiful feet Utsugi s fetish necks he also rather likes Seeing her advantage Satsuko cunningly teases her father allowing him to dry her feet after a shower For a cat s eye ring costing a cool three million yen around 40000 dollars in current value she intimates he may have even exciting privileges He stumps up and she allows him some heavy petting His systolic blood pressure count soars to 240The second half of the diary recounts a visit to Kyoto an unspoiled city Utsugi loves to arrange his tombstone and final resting place He intends to have casts of Satsuko s feet anonymously carved into the stone which will accompany him through eternity The Totentanz comes to its inevitable climax and Mr Utsugi has a second stroke The novel tails off with bleak medical reports on his near vegetative condition The story is wonderfully whittled down to an obsession what Hardy echoing Dido called veteris vestigia flammae the last flames There is not a single mention of the Second World War in the novel 25 stars Personally i prefer the key over the diary of a mad old man For me it is interesting to read on the key as it plays on the dynamics of a married couple and it is twistedly heartwarming to see a married man trying to ignite passion in a very unconventional way The diary of a mad old man on the other hand is plain perverse There is nothing to like or relatable for me in it. D Old Man records with alternating humor and sadness seventy seven year old Utsugi’s discovery that even his stroke ravaged body still contains a raging libido especially in the unwitting presence of his chic mysterious daughter in
The Key is perhaps the ideal point of entry to the world of Tanizaki the perfect encapsulation of his themes and style Employing a twin diary format The Key oscillates between the private diaries of a middle aged man Kenmochi and his beautiful wife Ikuko revealing the perverse relationship they share along with that of their comparatively unattractive adult daughter Toshiko and her would be lover Kimura the true love
interest of Ikuko Kenmochi is getting on in years and no longer has what it takes to satisfy his wifeof Ikuko Kenmochi is getting on in years and no longer has what it takes to satisfy his wife he finds himself subtly creating situations where she is liable to cheat on him He doesn t believe she actually will being a self described traditional woman who abides by traditional values but the very prospect of it excites him The ealous he becomes the higher his libido rises as does his blood pressure The perversity is both obvious eg Kenmochi takes nude photographs of his unconscious wife and then asks Kimura to develop them and subtle eg Ikuko slyly exposes the bare toes on her feet arousing her husband s foot fetish but the complexity of these entangled relationships is by and large handled subtly with the layers of deception piling into their respective diaries each of which they suspect the other to be secretly reading thus making the veracity of the contents extremely suspect forcing the reader to ponder the truth right along with the characters Tanizaki s characters are mostly masochists and The Key exemplifies this A uote from the novel suggests how convoluted these masochistic feelings and actions become in his work I m the one who lent your how convoluted these masochistic feelings and actions become in his work I m the one who lent your the Polaroid camera he told me I suppose he wanted to search out every detail of your body but than that I think he wanted to make me suffer I think he likes having me develop the films he likes exciting me and making me fight a terrible temptation And he relishes the thought that my own feelings are reflected in you till you re as tormented as I am It s cruel of him to do this to us but I still don t want to betray him I see how you are suffering and I want to suffer with you I want to suffer and deeply The mother and daughter are essentially vying for the same man and here Tanizaki adds a common theme in his work the tension between the traditional and the modern The mother wears traditional Japanese garb kimonos and such while the daughter wears strictly western clothes Interestingly as Ikuko begins to see Kimura she too begins to dress in western clothes thus the corruption of her fidelity is linked to the modern western culture Tanizaki like many of his contemporary writers held a nostalgic longing for traditional Japanese culture and as such I believe this reading is consistent with his worldview I would be all set to proclaim The Key one of Tanizaki s very greatest novels were it not for the final 15 pages For reasons I won t begin to fathom he decided to explain everything away in extreme detail thus destroying the mysterious tone he had created through the many layers of deceptions Certainly some of the conclusions are fascinating but they were already implicit in what he had previously written By comparison Ichikawa s film adaptation Odd Obsession changes the ending drastically or to be precise it looks past the ending of the novel and imagines what might happen to these characters It s a devilish finale in keeping with the layered deceptions found elsewhere in the novel and a satisfying conclusion to the story than the one Tanizaki has supplied Nevertheless the film never gets into the psychologies of its characters with the same relish that Tanizaki s diary form allows but that is in keeping with Ichikawa s mode of adaptation which relies on the concrete and external than the psychological SorryI ust don t like the old man and his weird and disgusting thoughts Tanizaki is absolutely mesmerizing Every time I read one of his novels I walk away feeling as though I have been bewitched by his work These works were no different This book is definitely worth a look It will most assuredly change your outlook on getting olderThe Key This story of a married couple documenting their intimacy in their own diaries was amazing While the couple wrote their own feelings down they never actually spoke to each other regarding their desires Rather they assumed that the other read their diary so they must have known It was interesting to watch this couple throw themselves into destruction all in the name of satisfying their seemingly ravenous sexual appetites The twist at the end made me ill but it made the story all the interestingDiary of a Mad Old Man This was an enlightening look at an Utsugi Tokusuke as he documented the desires of his libido in his twilight years Most of his focus was on his daughter. These two modern classics by the great Japanese novelist Junichiro Tanizaki both utilize the diary form to explore the authority that love and sex have over allIn The Key a middle aged professor plies his wife of thirty years with any.