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Hotel Iris

Hotel Iris
Yoko Ogawa
Picador USA
Publish date: 2010-03-01
$14.00
9780312425241
Paperback

Review:

This book is equal parts enthralling and disturbing really. Mari is a seventeen year old Japanese girl who tends the front desk of her family's crumbling seaside resort. In the tradition of her culture, Mari leads an isolated, structured life under her mother's iron rule. Most of her days are spent tending to the various needs of their guests, cleaning and essentially being tied to the place a good portion of her life. In fact this is where she first encounters the translator.

Very late one evening when Mari is of course still on duty at the Inn, a terrible row breaks out on the upper floor. This event ultimately leads to the translator's ejection along with that of his prostitute companion. Rumors of this man's origins and current isolated living conditions run rampant in the small sea side town as well as possible truths about his murdered wife.

Despite the nature of this first encounter, Mari is totally captivated by the stranger's voice and so ensues a long disturbing seduction whereby the translator initiates Mari into a dark realm of pain and pleasure. Going against every custom and more of her culture Mari seems oddly more at ease with forbidden affair than this mysterious, charming yet disarming widower and the menace he ultimately represents

Ogawa has another erotic work of fiction by the name of The Professor and the Housekeeper. I must admit my curiosity is peeked. A rather interesting choice of authors all around and definitely someone worth looking into for most the exotic beach read of your summer!

   
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