John Haylock One Hot Summer in Kyoto

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One Hot Summer in Kyoto

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Hot and sticky describes the ancient Japanese city of Kyoto in summer. And that is just the situation Peter Meadowes finds himself in when he flees to Kyoto for his summer vacation. During the rest of the year the middle-aged Meadowes teaches in Tokyo, a circumstance which conveniently enables him to leave his commanding wife (who hates Japan) back in England.

In the old capital Meadowes also expects to find relief from Noriko, his grim Japanese mistress. But in the small wood-and-paper Japanese house he has rented, he finds something unexpected: another woman to desire. Kazumi is seductive, yet she always manages to slip away. Then Noriko arrives, oddly possessive but sharing giggles with Kazumi—perhaps about Meadowes's prowess? Next on the scene is Miss Goto, polite, apologetic, a serious lover of theater who turns an elaborately staged seduction into a comedy of errors. When wife Monica shows up from England, Meadowes must choose...and fast.

John Haylock's novel vividly evokes the languid torpor of summer in the fabled city of temples and gardens. Yet hidden within this steamy farce about obsessive lust is an underbelly of duplicity, discontent, and fear. When making his choice, Peter Meadowes confronts the love-hate relationship that afflicts the typical gaijin—foreigner—in Japan. Remaining in Japan may be impossible, but escaping only creates the desire to return.

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John Haylock spent fourteen years in Japan as a teacher and writer.

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"Kazumi is well-acquainted with the shopkeepers, who now know me, and I sense that my being with her solves the riddle that has been in their minds.

The woman in the butcher's shop seems to give me a knowing look, as if to say, 'Now I understand why you have come to spend the hot summer in Kyoto,' and the young man in the grocer's eyes me quizzically, says something to the girl assistant who glances in my direction, and sniggers.

Such is my impression, but I may well be wrong; it is easy for a foreigner to misinterpret a Japanese regard, a Japanese smile."

-One Hot Summer in Kyoto

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