The Key & Diary of a Mad Old Man

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The Key & Diary of a Mad Old Man [Read] ➪ The Key & Diary of a Mad Old Man By Jun'ichirō Tanizaki – Polishdarling.co.uk These two modern classics by the great Japanese novelist Junichiro Tanizaki, both utilize the diary form to explore the authority that love and sex have over allIn The Key , a middle aged professor pl These two modern classics by the great Japanese & Diary eBook ✓ novelist Junichiro Tanizaki, both utilize the diary form to explore the authority that love and sex have over allIn The Key , a middle aged professor plies his wife of thirty years with any number of stimulants, from brandy to a handsome young lover, in order to reach new heights of pleasure Their alternating diaries record their separate adventures, but whether for themselvess or each other becomes the question Diary of a Mad Old Man records, with alternating humor and sadness, seventy seven year old The Key PDF/EPUB or Utsugi s discovery that even his stroke ravaged body still contains a raging libido, especially in the unwitting presence of his chic, mysterious daughter in law.


About the Author: Jun'ichirō Tanizaki

Jun ichir Tanizaki was a Japanese author, and & Diary eBook ✓ one of the major writers of modern Japanese literature, perhaps the most popular Japanese novelist after Natsume S seki Some of his works present a rather shocking world of sexuality and destructive erotic obsessions others, less sensational, subtly portray the dynamics of family life in the context of the rapid changes in th century Japanese society Frequently his stories are narrated in the context of a search for cultural identity in which constructions of the West and Japanese tradition are juxtaposed The results are complex, The Key PDF/EPUB or ironic, demure, and provocative.



10 thoughts on “The Key & Diary of a Mad Old Man

  1. Andrew Andrew says:

    I had a Japanese day the other day I decided that sashimi would be an excellent post workout meal it was , and that I should curl up with some Tanizaki and a shochu, and watch Nagisa Oshima s In the Realm of the Senses which is brilliant, but I legit wanted to claw out my eyes at some of the imagery in there, Jesus fuck This makes Tanizaki s grotesque, intimately told stories about dirty old men with laundry lists of fetishes were the second most disturbing piece of art about social decli I had a Japanese day the other day I decided that sashimi would be an excellent post workout meal it was , and that I should curl up with some Tanizaki and a shochu, and watch Nagisa Oshima s In the Realm of the Senses which is brilliant, but I legit wanted to claw out my eyes at some of the imagery in there, Jesus fuck This makes Tanizaki s grotesque, intimately told stories about dirty old men with laundry lists of fetishes were the second most disturbing piece of art about social decline in mid century Japan viewed through the lens of sexual deviancy I encountered.Why doesn t the rest of the world do shit on this level The French have a few stellar representatives Bataille, Mirbeau, Huysmans but it s nowhere near the standard In Japan it seems awfully close to mainstream


  2. Kimley Kimley says:

    Longing and desire are at the heart of these two short novels, each utilizing a diary format in which the characters write their deepest, darkest yes, kinkiest yearnings This is nothing if not a sexy book in a perverse Tanizaki way i.e not for everyone There is a great deal of pathos here a 77 year old man obsessively longing for his beautiful daughter in law, a long married couple who seem to have no true intimacy in bed or elsewhere but there are also several strong doses of dark hu Longing and desire are at the heart of these two short novels, each utilizing a diary format in which the characters write their deepest, darkest yes, kinkiest yearnings This is nothing if not a sexy book in a perverse Tanizaki way i.e not for everyone There is a great deal of pathos here a 77 year old man obsessively longing for his beautiful daughter in law, a long married couple who seem to have no true intimacy in bed or elsewhere but there are also several strong doses of dark humor to keep things in check In Tanizaki s obsessive world, longing can destroy you but also keeps you alive with its perpetual hope But before I get myself into too much trouble, I would like to draw a parallel between Tanizaki and Prince as I believe they have much in common


  3. Antonius Block Antonius Block says:

    The Key is perhaps the ideal point of entry to the world of Tanizaki the perfect encapsulation of his themes and style Employing a twin diary format, The Key oscillates between the private diaries of a middle aged man Kenmochi and his beautiful wife Ikuko , revealing the perverse relationship they share, along with that of their comparatively unattractive adult daughter Toshiko and her would be lover Kimura , the true love interest of Ikuko Kenmochi is getting on in years and no longer The Key is perhaps the ideal point of entry to the world of Tanizaki the perfect encapsulation of his themes and style Employing a twin diary format, The Key oscillates between the private diaries of a middle aged man Kenmochi and his beautiful wife Ikuko , revealing the perverse relationship they share, along with that of their comparatively unattractive adult daughter Toshiko and her would be lover Kimura , the true love interest of Ikuko Kenmochi is getting on in years and no longer has what it takes to satisfy his wife consequently he finds himself subtly creating situations where she is liable to cheat on him He doesn t believe she actually will, being a self described traditional woman who abides by traditional values, but the very prospect of it excites him Thejealous he becomes, the higher his libido rises as does his blood pressure The perversity is both obvious e.g., Kenmochi takes nude photographs of his unconscious wife and then asks Kimura to develop them and subtle e.g., Ikuko slyly exposes the bare toes on her feet, arousing her husband s foot fetish , but the complexity of these entangled relationships is by and large handled subtly, with the layers of deception piling into their respective diaries, each of which they suspect the other to be secretly reading, thus making the veracity of the contents extremely suspect, forcing the reader to ponder the truth right along with the characters Tanizaki s characters are mostly masochists, and The Key exemplifies this A quote from the novel suggests how convoluted these masochistic feelings and actions become in his workI m the one who lent your husband the Polaroid camera, he told me I suppose he wanted to search out every detail of your body butthan that, I think he wanted to make me suffer I think he likes having me develop the films he likes exciting me, and making me fight a terrible temptation And he relishes the thought that my own feelings are reflected in you, till you re as tormented as I am It s cruel of him to do this to us, but I still don t want to betray him I see how you are suffering, and I want to suffer with you I want to sufferanddeeply The mother and daughter are essentially vying for the same man, and here Tanizaki adds a common theme in his work the tension between the traditional and the modern The mother wears traditional Japanese garb, kimonos and such, while the daughter wears strictly western clothes Interestingly, as Ikuko begins to see Kimura, she, too, begins to dress in western clothes thus the corruption of her fidelity is linked to the modern, western culture Tanizaki, like many of his contemporary writers, held a nostalgic longing for traditional Japanese culture, and as such I believe this reading is consistent with his worldview I would be all set to proclaim The Key one of Tanizaki s very greatest novels, were it not for the final 15 pages For reasons I won t begin to fathom, he decided to explain everything away, in extreme detail, thus destroying the mysterious tone he had created through the many layers of deceptions Certainly, some of the conclusions are fascinating, but they were already implicit in what he had previously written By comparison, Ichikawa s film adaptation, Odd Obsession, changes the ending drastically, or to beprecise, it looks past the ending of the novel and imagines what might happen to these characters It s a devilish finale in keeping with the layered deceptions found elsewhere in the novel, and asatisfying conclusion to the story than the one Tanizaki has supplied Nevertheless, the film never gets into the psychologies of its characters with the same relish that Tanizaki s diary form allows, but that is in keeping with Ichikawa s mode of adaptation, which relieson the concrete and external than the psychological


  4. Arvind Radhakrishnan Arvind Radhakrishnan says:

    What a brilliant book Tanizaki is a master psychologist.He explores human nature and our inner most desires like no other.His prose style seems visceral yet it is so pellucid and moving.On ajocular vein I think all married couples ought to read this.


  5. Phill Melton Phill Melton says:

    The usual Tanizaki bag of tricks unreliable, bumbling narrators with unusual fetishes obsessing over women who play them for fools told through a diary frame The Key has the advantage of being told by two unreliable narrators on opposite ends of the relationship something similar to what he did in A Man, A Cat, and Two Women but loses something by having a coda that explains everything ambiguous, all the tensions that were deliciously implied The Mad Old Man only has half the ambiguity, ye The usual Tanizaki bag of tricks unreliable, bumbling narrators with unusual fetishes obsessing over women who play them for fools told through a diary frame The Key has the advantage of being told by two unreliable narrators on opposite ends of the relationship something similar to what he did in A Man, A Cat, and Two Women but loses something by having a coda that explains everything ambiguous, all the tensions that were deliciously implied The Mad Old Man only has half the ambiguity, yet benefits from its clinical objectivity at the end Companion pieces, yes, and not without their charms, but never quite as tense and nervy as some of Tanizaki s earlier work one gets the sense of having read this before, just with different names, and without the bittersweet, tragic implications of Some Prefer Nettles


  6. Maureen Lo Maureen Lo says:

    SorryI just don t like the old man and his weird and disgusting thoughts.


  7. Glass River Glass River says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Most of us read novels most intensely at two stages of life First in early adolescence when one lives with one s nose in a book Secondly late in life, when one has time to get round to the books one has always promised oneself to read With reference to sunset reading , much interesting fiction nowadays seems directed to the question how to live old I am struck in bookshops by racks, newly erected in the last decade, offering teen fiction If walk in bookshops survive not a certaint Most of us read novels most intensely at two stages of life First in early adolescence when one lives with one s nose in a book Secondly late in life, when one has time to get round to the books one has always promised oneself to read With reference to sunset reading , much interesting fiction nowadays seems directed to the question how to live old I am struck in bookshops by racks, newly erected in the last decade, offering teen fiction If walk in bookshops survive not a certainty I shall expect soon to see racks spring up labelled old guys novels Prominent among such fiction s themes is how should the old male old devils , as Kingsley Amis called them deal with their inconvenient sexual desire Amis gives one English answer Philip Roth another American answer see THE DYING ANIMAL Tanizaki offers a third, distinctively Japanese, answer The Diary of a Mad Old Man is a fascinating mid to late life read It was published when the author was seventy five three years before his death, and already inexorably on the way there The Mad Old Man of the title, Mr Utsugi , a couple of years older than his author, keeps a diary in which he records his very private thoughts.He lives prosperously in 1950s Tokyo, a rebuilt city he loathes, in a house which he shares with his wife, who is never named and does not much matter His son Jokichi is a busy businessman rarely at home His daughter in law Satsuko is a former cabaret performer The marriage was not initially pleasing to the Utsugi family The young couple have an eight year old son whose occasional intrusions infuriate his grandfather The diary records visits to the Kabuki theatre, afternoons in a tea house, evening meals I have been hungry for eel recently he particularly relishes the viscera The diary records in meticulous detail his ailments due to a growing debility, neuralgia, he can now barely walk to his pavilion with his snakewood stick, and he requires a night nurse, whose very occasional nights off provoke intense irritation He is a prescription drug addict he knowsabout pharmaceuticals, one of his doctors observes, than any intern He is physically decayed and brutally honest with himself on the subject I know very well that I am an ugly, wrinkled old man When I look in the mirror at bedtime after taking out my false teeth, the face I see is really weirdnot even monkeys have such hideous faces.He is wholly impotent, but sexually alive it is the only thing in him, in fact, which is not dying I haven t the slightest desire to cling to life, yet as long as I live I cannot help feeling attracted to the opposite sexI can enjoy sexual stimulation in all kinds of distorted indirect ways At present I am living for that pleasure.His desire obsessional in its intensity is directed at his flighty daughter in law, who lives for American movies and good times But she has beautiful feet Utsugi s fetish necks he also rather likes Seeing her advantage, Satsuko cunningly teases her father , allowing him to dry her feet after a shower For a cat s eye ring costing a cool three million yen around 40,000 dollars in current value she intimates, he may have evenexciting privileges He stumps up and she allows him some heavy petting His systolic blood pressure count soars to 240.The second half of the diary recounts a visit to Kyoto an unspoiled city Utsugi loves to arrange his tombstone and final resting place He intends to have casts of Satsuko s feet anonymously carved into the stone which will accompany him through eternity The Totentanz comes to its inevitable climax and Mr Utsugi has a second stroke The novel tails off with bleak medical reports on his near vegetative condition The story is wonderfully whittled down to an obsession what Hardy echoing Dido called veteris vestigia flammae the last flames There is not a single mention of the Second World War in the novel


  8. Ken Ryu Ken Ryu says:

    It makes sense that the publisher put these two novels together Both are written in diary format, though The Key has dueling writers Both articulate sexual deviant thoughts and fantasies of an old Japanese man with a proclivity toward foot fetish.In The Key a 50 something husband and his 40 something wife are both writing diaries Many events are describes from the two vantage points The entries are written over a half year period The wife, encouraged by the husband and their 20 somethin It makes sense that the publisher put these two novels together Both are written in diary format, though The Key has dueling writers Both articulate sexual deviant thoughts and fantasies of an old Japanese man with a proclivity toward foot fetish.In The Key a 50 something husband and his 40 something wife are both writing diaries Many events are describes from the two vantage points The entries are written over a half year period The wife, encouraged by the husband and their 20 something daughter, engages in an extramarital affair with a man who initially dates the daughter This man brings new vigor and excitement into the couple s sex life The husband has odd fetishes and perversions and the wife tolerates his behavior She finds many of her husband s behavior disgusting but also grudgingly appreciates his love and worship of her body The back and forth entries are interesting The husband and the daughter s tacit acceptance of the extramarital liaison is surprising and a bit disturbing Besides his sexual deviance, the husband has high blood pressure and poor health and his excited state in his sexual acts put him at risk The Diary of a Mad Old Man describes the relation between an 77 year old man and his son s estranged wife She is a beautiful young woman named Satsuko who previously worked as a dancer She is aware of her power over her perverted father in law and openly manipulates him She tempts him and gives him small indulgences such as watching her bathing He is impotent and in poor health Mentally he is afire with lust for her He realizes she is manipulating him for money and favors He is a masochistic and enjoys the humiliation and torment Theshe takes advantage and treats him with disdain, thehe obsesses with her She understands the game and we are witness to this twisted relationship.Tanizaki bravely bares his soul with these unflattering accounts The stories are sad, poignant and original The diary format works well We see how these unhealthy relationships and obsessions form over a short period of time and quickly envelop the players in these sexual fantasies and farces A curious set of books that show the thoughts of polite and vulnerable sexual deviants and how they are slaves to their sexual obsessions


  9. Sarah Sarah says:

    Tanizaki is absolutely mesmerizing Every time I read one of his novels, I walk away feeling as though I have been bewitched by his work These works were no different This book is definitely worth a look It will most assuredly change your outlook on getting older.The Key This story of a married couple documenting their intimacy in their own diaries was amazing While the couple wrote their own feelings down, they never actually spoke to each other regarding their desires Rather, they assum Tanizaki is absolutely mesmerizing Every time I read one of his novels, I walk away feeling as though I have been bewitched by his work These works were no different This book is definitely worth a look It will most assuredly change your outlook on getting older.The Key This story of a married couple documenting their intimacy in their own diaries was amazing While the couple wrote their own feelings down, they never actually spoke to each other regarding their desires Rather, they assumed that the other read their diary so they must have known It was interesting to watch this couple throw themselves into destruction all in the name of satisfying their seemingly ravenous sexual appetites The twist at the end made me ill but it made the story all theinteresting.Diary of a Mad Old Man This was an enlightening look at an Utsugi Tokusuke as he documented the desires of his libido in his twilight years Most of his focus was on his daughter in law, Satsuko It was rather sad too as Tokusuke couldn t do what he used to, he would do anything just for a little bit of satisfaction a kiss, spending time with Satsuko, etc I think that this may have been a reflection of Tanizaki s own life At the time that this was written, he was in his twilight years and passed a few years after the story was published It probably surprised him at that age he would still have those desires Just because someone is older, doesn t mean they are dead to the world


  10. Vi Vian Vi Vian says:

    2.5 stars Personally, i prefer the key over the diary of a mad old man For me, it isinteresting to read on the key as it playson the dynamics of a married couple and it is twistedly heartwarming to see a married man trying to ignite passion in a very unconventional way The diary of a mad old man on the other hand, is plain perverse There is nothing to like or relatable for me in it.


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10 thoughts on “The Key & Diary of a Mad Old Man

  1. Andrew Andrew says:

    I had a Japanese day the other day I decided that sashimi would be an excellent post workout meal it was , and that I should curl up with some Tanizaki and a shochu, and watch Nagisa Oshima s In the Realm of the Senses which is brilliant, but I legit wanted to claw out my eyes at some of the imagery in there, Jesus fuck This makes Tanizaki s grotesque, intimately told stories about dirty old men with laundry lists of fetishes were the second most disturbing piece of art about social decli I had a Japanese day the other day I decided that sashimi would be an excellent post workout meal it was , and that I should curl up with some Tanizaki and a shochu, and watch Nagisa Oshima s In the Realm of the Senses which is brilliant, but I legit wanted to claw out my eyes at some of the imagery in there, Jesus fuck This makes Tanizaki s grotesque, intimately told stories about dirty old men with laundry lists of fetishes were the second most disturbing piece of art about social decline in mid century Japan viewed through the lens of sexual deviancy I encountered.Why doesn t the rest of the world do shit on this level The French have a few stellar representatives Bataille, Mirbeau, Huysmans but it s nowhere near the standard In Japan it seems awfully close to mainstream


  2. Kimley Kimley says:

    Longing and desire are at the heart of these two short novels, each utilizing a diary format in which the characters write their deepest, darkest yes, kinkiest yearnings This is nothing if not a sexy book in a perverse Tanizaki way i.e not for everyone There is a great deal of pathos here a 77 year old man obsessively longing for his beautiful daughter in law, a long married couple who seem to have no true intimacy in bed or elsewhere but there are also several strong doses of dark hu Longing and desire are at the heart of these two short novels, each utilizing a diary format in which the characters write their deepest, darkest yes, kinkiest yearnings This is nothing if not a sexy book in a perverse Tanizaki way i.e not for everyone There is a great deal of pathos here a 77 year old man obsessively longing for his beautiful daughter in law, a long married couple who seem to have no true intimacy in bed or elsewhere but there are also several strong doses of dark humor to keep things in check In Tanizaki s obsessive world, longing can destroy you but also keeps you alive with its perpetual hope But before I get myself into too much trouble, I would like to draw a parallel between Tanizaki and Prince as I believe they have much in common


  3. Antonius Block Antonius Block says:

    The Key is perhaps the ideal point of entry to the world of Tanizaki the perfect encapsulation of his themes and style Employing a twin diary format, The Key oscillates between the private diaries of a middle aged man Kenmochi and his beautiful wife Ikuko , revealing the perverse relationship they share, along with that of their comparatively unattractive adult daughter Toshiko and her would be lover Kimura , the true love interest of Ikuko Kenmochi is getting on in years and no longer The Key is perhaps the ideal point of entry to the world of Tanizaki the perfect encapsulation of his themes and style Employing a twin diary format, The Key oscillates between the private diaries of a middle aged man Kenmochi and his beautiful wife Ikuko , revealing the perverse relationship they share, along with that of their comparatively unattractive adult daughter Toshiko and her would be lover Kimura , the true love interest of Ikuko Kenmochi is getting on in years and no longer has what it takes to satisfy his wife consequently he finds himself subtly creating situations where she is liable to cheat on him He doesn t believe she actually will, being a self described traditional woman who abides by traditional values, but the very prospect of it excites him Thejealous he becomes, the higher his libido rises as does his blood pressure The perversity is both obvious e.g., Kenmochi takes nude photographs of his unconscious wife and then asks Kimura to develop them and subtle e.g., Ikuko slyly exposes the bare toes on her feet, arousing her husband s foot fetish , but the complexity of these entangled relationships is by and large handled subtly, with the layers of deception piling into their respective diaries, each of which they suspect the other to be secretly reading, thus making the veracity of the contents extremely suspect, forcing the reader to ponder the truth right along with the characters Tanizaki s characters are mostly masochists, and The Key exemplifies this A quote from the novel suggests how convoluted these masochistic feelings and actions become in his workI m the one who lent your husband the Polaroid camera, he told me I suppose he wanted to search out every detail of your body butthan that, I think he wanted to make me suffer I think he likes having me develop the films he likes exciting me, and making me fight a terrible temptation And he relishes the thought that my own feelings are reflected in you, till you re as tormented as I am It s cruel of him to do this to us, but I still don t want to betray him I see how you are suffering, and I want to suffer with you I want to sufferanddeeply The mother and daughter are essentially vying for the same man, and here Tanizaki adds a common theme in his work the tension between the traditional and the modern The mother wears traditional Japanese garb, kimonos and such, while the daughter wears strictly western clothes Interestingly, as Ikuko begins to see Kimura, she, too, begins to dress in western clothes thus the corruption of her fidelity is linked to the modern, western culture Tanizaki, like many of his contemporary writers, held a nostalgic longing for traditional Japanese culture, and as such I believe this reading is consistent with his worldview I would be all set to proclaim The Key one of Tanizaki s very greatest novels, were it not for the final 15 pages For reasons I won t begin to fathom, he decided to explain everything away, in extreme detail, thus destroying the mysterious tone he had created through the many layers of deceptions Certainly, some of the conclusions are fascinating, but they were already implicit in what he had previously written By comparison, Ichikawa s film adaptation, Odd Obsession, changes the ending drastically, or to beprecise, it looks past the ending of the novel and imagines what might happen to these characters It s a devilish finale in keeping with the layered deceptions found elsewhere in the novel, and asatisfying conclusion to the story than the one Tanizaki has supplied Nevertheless, the film never gets into the psychologies of its characters with the same relish that Tanizaki s diary form allows, but that is in keeping with Ichikawa s mode of adaptation, which relieson the concrete and external than the psychological


  4. Arvind Radhakrishnan Arvind Radhakrishnan says:

    What a brilliant book Tanizaki is a master psychologist.He explores human nature and our inner most desires like no other.His prose style seems visceral yet it is so pellucid and moving.On ajocular vein I think all married couples ought to read this.


  5. Phill Melton Phill Melton says:

    The usual Tanizaki bag of tricks unreliable, bumbling narrators with unusual fetishes obsessing over women who play them for fools told through a diary frame The Key has the advantage of being told by two unreliable narrators on opposite ends of the relationship something similar to what he did in A Man, A Cat, and Two Women but loses something by having a coda that explains everything ambiguous, all the tensions that were deliciously implied The Mad Old Man only has half the ambiguity, ye The usual Tanizaki bag of tricks unreliable, bumbling narrators with unusual fetishes obsessing over women who play them for fools told through a diary frame The Key has the advantage of being told by two unreliable narrators on opposite ends of the relationship something similar to what he did in A Man, A Cat, and Two Women but loses something by having a coda that explains everything ambiguous, all the tensions that were deliciously implied The Mad Old Man only has half the ambiguity, yet benefits from its clinical objectivity at the end Companion pieces, yes, and not without their charms, but never quite as tense and nervy as some of Tanizaki s earlier work one gets the sense of having read this before, just with different names, and without the bittersweet, tragic implications of Some Prefer Nettles


  6. Maureen Lo Maureen Lo says:

    SorryI just don t like the old man and his weird and disgusting thoughts.


  7. Glass River Glass River says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Most of us read novels most intensely at two stages of life First in early adolescence when one lives with one s nose in a book Secondly late in life, when one has time to get round to the books one has always promised oneself to read With reference to sunset reading , much interesting fiction nowadays seems directed to the question how to live old I am struck in bookshops by racks, newly erected in the last decade, offering teen fiction If walk in bookshops survive not a certaint Most of us read novels most intensely at two stages of life First in early adolescence when one lives with one s nose in a book Secondly late in life, when one has time to get round to the books one has always promised oneself to read With reference to sunset reading , much interesting fiction nowadays seems directed to the question how to live old I am struck in bookshops by racks, newly erected in the last decade, offering teen fiction If walk in bookshops survive not a certainty I shall expect soon to see racks spring up labelled old guys novels Prominent among such fiction s themes is how should the old male old devils , as Kingsley Amis called them deal with their inconvenient sexual desire Amis gives one English answer Philip Roth another American answer see THE DYING ANIMAL Tanizaki offers a third, distinctively Japanese, answer The Diary of a Mad Old Man is a fascinating mid to late life read It was published when the author was seventy five three years before his death, and already inexorably on the way there The Mad Old Man of the title, Mr Utsugi , a couple of years older than his author, keeps a diary in which he records his very private thoughts.He lives prosperously in 1950s Tokyo, a rebuilt city he loathes, in a house which he shares with his wife, who is never named and does not much matter His son Jokichi is a busy businessman rarely at home His daughter in law Satsuko is a former cabaret performer The marriage was not initially pleasing to the Utsugi family The young couple have an eight year old son whose occasional intrusions infuriate his grandfather The diary records visits to the Kabuki theatre, afternoons in a tea house, evening meals I have been hungry for eel recently he particularly relishes the viscera The diary records in meticulous detail his ailments due to a growing debility, neuralgia, he can now barely walk to his pavilion with his snakewood stick, and he requires a night nurse, whose very occasional nights off provoke intense irritation He is a prescription drug addict he knowsabout pharmaceuticals, one of his doctors observes, than any intern He is physically decayed and brutally honest with himself on the subject I know very well that I am an ugly, wrinkled old man When I look in the mirror at bedtime after taking out my false teeth, the face I see is really weirdnot even monkeys have such hideous faces.He is wholly impotent, but sexually alive it is the only thing in him, in fact, which is not dying I haven t the slightest desire to cling to life, yet as long as I live I cannot help feeling attracted to the opposite sexI can enjoy sexual stimulation in all kinds of distorted indirect ways At present I am living for that pleasure.His desire obsessional in its intensity is directed at his flighty daughter in law, who lives for American movies and good times But she has beautiful feet Utsugi s fetish necks he also rather likes Seeing her advantage, Satsuko cunningly teases her father , allowing him to dry her feet after a shower For a cat s eye ring costing a cool three million yen around 40,000 dollars in current value she intimates, he may have evenexciting privileges He stumps up and she allows him some heavy petting His systolic blood pressure count soars to 240.The second half of the diary recounts a visit to Kyoto an unspoiled city Utsugi loves to arrange his tombstone and final resting place He intends to have casts of Satsuko s feet anonymously carved into the stone which will accompany him through eternity The Totentanz comes to its inevitable climax and Mr Utsugi has a second stroke The novel tails off with bleak medical reports on his near vegetative condition The story is wonderfully whittled down to an obsession what Hardy echoing Dido called veteris vestigia flammae the last flames There is not a single mention of the Second World War in the novel


  8. Ken Ryu Ken Ryu says:

    It makes sense that the publisher put these two novels together Both are written in diary format, though The Key has dueling writers Both articulate sexual deviant thoughts and fantasies of an old Japanese man with a proclivity toward foot fetish.In The Key a 50 something husband and his 40 something wife are both writing diaries Many events are describes from the two vantage points The entries are written over a half year period The wife, encouraged by the husband and their 20 somethin It makes sense that the publisher put these two novels together Both are written in diary format, though The Key has dueling writers Both articulate sexual deviant thoughts and fantasies of an old Japanese man with a proclivity toward foot fetish.In The Key a 50 something husband and his 40 something wife are both writing diaries Many events are describes from the two vantage points The entries are written over a half year period The wife, encouraged by the husband and their 20 something daughter, engages in an extramarital affair with a man who initially dates the daughter This man brings new vigor and excitement into the couple s sex life The husband has odd fetishes and perversions and the wife tolerates his behavior She finds many of her husband s behavior disgusting but also grudgingly appreciates his love and worship of her body The back and forth entries are interesting The husband and the daughter s tacit acceptance of the extramarital liaison is surprising and a bit disturbing Besides his sexual deviance, the husband has high blood pressure and poor health and his excited state in his sexual acts put him at risk The Diary of a Mad Old Man describes the relation between an 77 year old man and his son s estranged wife She is a beautiful young woman named Satsuko who previously worked as a dancer She is aware of her power over her perverted father in law and openly manipulates him She tempts him and gives him small indulgences such as watching her bathing He is impotent and in poor health Mentally he is afire with lust for her He realizes she is manipulating him for money and favors He is a masochistic and enjoys the humiliation and torment Theshe takes advantage and treats him with disdain, thehe obsesses with her She understands the game and we are witness to this twisted relationship.Tanizaki bravely bares his soul with these unflattering accounts The stories are sad, poignant and original The diary format works well We see how these unhealthy relationships and obsessions form over a short period of time and quickly envelop the players in these sexual fantasies and farces A curious set of books that show the thoughts of polite and vulnerable sexual deviants and how they are slaves to their sexual obsessions


  9. Sarah Sarah says:

    Tanizaki is absolutely mesmerizing Every time I read one of his novels, I walk away feeling as though I have been bewitched by his work These works were no different This book is definitely worth a look It will most assuredly change your outlook on getting older.The Key This story of a married couple documenting their intimacy in their own diaries was amazing While the couple wrote their own feelings down, they never actually spoke to each other regarding their desires Rather, they assum Tanizaki is absolutely mesmerizing Every time I read one of his novels, I walk away feeling as though I have been bewitched by his work These works were no different This book is definitely worth a look It will most assuredly change your outlook on getting older.The Key This story of a married couple documenting their intimacy in their own diaries was amazing While the couple wrote their own feelings down, they never actually spoke to each other regarding their desires Rather, they assumed that the other read their diary so they must have known It was interesting to watch this couple throw themselves into destruction all in the name of satisfying their seemingly ravenous sexual appetites The twist at the end made me ill but it made the story all theinteresting.Diary of a Mad Old Man This was an enlightening look at an Utsugi Tokusuke as he documented the desires of his libido in his twilight years Most of his focus was on his daughter in law, Satsuko It was rather sad too as Tokusuke couldn t do what he used to, he would do anything just for a little bit of satisfaction a kiss, spending time with Satsuko, etc I think that this may have been a reflection of Tanizaki s own life At the time that this was written, he was in his twilight years and passed a few years after the story was published It probably surprised him at that age he would still have those desires Just because someone is older, doesn t mean they are dead to the world


  10. Vi Vian Vi Vian says:

    2.5 stars Personally, i prefer the key over the diary of a mad old man For me, it isinteresting to read on the key as it playson the dynamics of a married couple and it is twistedly heartwarming to see a married man trying to ignite passion in a very unconventional way The diary of a mad old man on the other hand, is plain perverse There is nothing to like or relatable for me in it.


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