EVENING CLOUDS by Junzo Shono

EVENING CLOUDS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This serenely leisurely 1964–65 novel by a popular Japanese author (previously represented in English by the story collection Still Life) relates the experiences of a family who move to a new home on a hilltop overlooking Tokyo, then painstakingly adjust to a rapidly changing society that contrasts aggressively with their own passivity, and seems to threaten their very survival. Shono’s concentration on domestic minutiae (preparing meals, dealing with an infestation of centipedes, etc.) and the ineffably banal observations of the family’s paterfamilias Oura have a certain allegorical heft, and do build an intact little fictional world. It’s such an undramatic and insular one, though, that Evening Clouds may be destined to appeal primarily to Asian readers.

Pub Date: June 1st, 2000
ISBN: 1-880656-48-5
Page count: 224pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2000