Day: July 11, 2020

Book review: 『愛がなんだ』by Mitsuyo Kakuta

Introduction Title: 『愛がなんだ』(あいがなんだ)Author: Mitsuyo KAKUTA (角田 光代)Published by 角川文庫218 pages Mitsuyo Kakuta has written an impressive amount of books, including novels, essays, translations and children’s books. She won the Naoki Prize in 2004 for her novel 『対岸の彼女』, translated into English by Wayne P. Lammers under the title Woman on the Other Shore. 『愛がなんだ』was first published in 2003 and adapted into a film in 2019 (director: Rikiya Imaizumi). Review Teruko is in love with Mamoru and always makes herself available for him, even if this means cancelling other activities with friends or absent herself from work. I immediately loved Teruko and felt an immediate sympathy for her. Rather than identifying myself with the protagonist, I felt like a friend of her and really wanted to bump into the story and tell her to stop acting like she was! I enjoyed the story and I found that the depiction of Teruko was very well done. However, I would have liked the novel better if it had gone into a more profound study of character to understand why …