The Temple of Wild Geese and Bamboo Dolls of Echizen: The Temple of the Wild Geese and Bamboo Dolls of Echizen

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The Temple of the Wild Geese, a semi-autobiographical account of Mizukami's childhood, tells the tale of Jinen, a Buddhist monk raised by villagers after his mother, a beggar, abandoned him. Sent to live at a temple at the age of ten, his resentment smolders for years until it explodes in a shocking climax. In Bamboo Dolls of Echizen, no woman is willing to marry the diminutive Kisuke, a bamboo artisan, until Tamae, a prostitute, comes to pay her respects at the grave of Kisuke's father. In Tamae, Kisuke sees shadows of his own mother, who died when he was young, and the two eventually marry. Since Kisuke seeks only motherly affection from Tamae, the two never become lovers. Instead, Tamae devotes herself to caring for Kisuke as a mother would, and he thrives as a renowned maker of bamboo dolls.

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Tsutomu Mizukami (1919 2004) was born in the Fukui Prefecture of Japan. As a child, he was sent by his parents to work and live in a temple in Kyoto. After leaving the temple, Mizukami studied literature at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, and later became an apprentice to Uno Koji, under whose tutelage he wrote his first book, a bestseller. Apopular and prolific Japanese author of novels, detective stories, biographies, and plays, Mizukami was also awarded several awards and prizes, including the Naoki Prize for The Temple of the Wild Geese.

Dennis Washburn is a professor of Japanese and comparative literature at Dartmouth, where his focus is on classical and modern Japanese film and literature.

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*Starred Review* These novellas established the literary credentials of Mizukami (1919–2004) shortly after his first best-selling detective novel was published. Each is written in a precise, impersonal manner that is concentrated enough to brake any rushing that their shortness might spur. They seem to read slowly, but they are rich, not languorous. The Temple of the Wild Geese (1961) is set in a Buddhist temple in the 1930s, where the priest takes a deceased donor’s young mistress for his own. A young teenager is in training under the priest; a diminutive orphan with a misshapen head, Jinen is unusually silent and cold-eyed. Next to the omniscient narrator’s, the mistress’ perspective is preferred in this chamber drama of lust, resentment, and, ultimately, a “perfect” murder. Bamboo Dolls of Echizen (1963) occurs a decade earlier, mostly in a poor mountain hamlet whose most outstanding citizen is a dwarfish bamboo craftsman who has inherited his father’s business and thereafter takes in the beautiful prostitute his father visited when in the city. He loves her but will not embrace her, and therefrom springs a wrenching tale, told primarily from the woman’s perspective, of frustrated love, despondent lust, and death. Imagine a Dostoyevsky novel boiled down to pulp-thriller dimensions with no loss but, rather, a distillation of literary merit. That’s true of each of these stunning small masterpieces. --Ray Olson

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