Toddler-HuntingOther Stories

Toddler-HuntingOther Stories

Kōno Taeko Lucy North Lucy Lower / Jun 18, 2019

Toddler HuntingOther Stories A sense of unease permeates this disturbing and exceptional collection of stories centered on unhappy women in postwar Japan wrote Publishers Weekly World Literature Today proclaimed Reminiscent of F

  • Title: Toddler-HuntingOther Stories
  • Author: Kōno Taeko Lucy North Lucy Lower
  • ISBN: 9780811213912
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Paperback
  • A sense of unease permeates this disturbing and exceptional collection of stories centered on unhappy women in postwar Japan, wrote Publishers Weekly World Literature Today proclaimed Reminiscent of Flannery O Connor s works, Kono s stories explore the dark, terrifying side of human nature that manifests itself in antisocial behavior Toddler Hunting Other Stories A sense of unease permeates this disturbing and exceptional collection of stories centered on unhappy women in postwar Japan, wrote Publishers Weekly World Literature Today proclaimed Reminiscent of Flannery O Connor s works, Kono s stories explore the dark, terrifying side of human nature that manifests itself in antisocial behavior Toddler Hunting Other Stories introduces to American readers a startlingly original voice Winner of most of Japan s top literary prizes for fiction, Kono Taeko writes with a disquieting and strange beauty, always foregrounding what Choice called the great power of serious, indeed shocking events In the title story, the protagonist loathes young girls, but she compulsively buys expensive clothes for little boys so that she can watch them dress and undress The impersonal gaze Kono Taeko turns on this behavior transfixes the reader with a fatal question What are we hunting for And why Now available in paperback for the first time, Toddler Hunting Other Stories should fascinate any reader interested in Japanese literature or in the growing world of transgressive fiction.

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      • Kōno Taeko Lucy North Lucy Lower

        Taeko K NO is a Japanese author.Taeko K no was born April 30, 1926 in Osaka, Japan to Tameji and Yone K no her father was a wholesale merchant She was ill as a child and as a teenager, she was conscripted to work in a factory during World War II.After the war, she finished her economics degree at Women s University currently Osaka Prefecture University , graduating in 1947 She has said that at this time she felt a new sense of freedom and had an urge to do something, but was not sure what She joined literary groups, eventually moving to Tokyo, Japan She worked full time and wrote in the evening In 1962 Toddler Hunting was published and awarded the Shinchosha Prize In the early 1960s, just before she was awarded the prestigious Akutagawa Prize for Kani Crabs in 1963, she quit her job to focus on her writing In 1965 she married the painter Yasushi Ichikawa In 1967 she received the Women s Literary Prize for Saigo no toki and subsequently the Yomiuri Prize for A Sudden Voice in 1968, as well as the Tanizaki prize in 1980 for A Year long Pastoral She also received a literary prize from the Japanese Art Academy in 1984 and the Noma Literary Prize in 1991 for her novel Miiratori ry kitan Mummy Hunting for the Bizarre, 1990 K no became popular and received critical attention after the publication of an English translation of Toddler Hunting and Other Stories in 1996 from


    1. Before the review, I wanted to drop in a quick question at the risk of perhaps sounding like some sort of prude: do that many gals really like getting whipped? Like, whipped. Whipped. Like part of the suffering Christians say Jesus endured for the sins of all mankind, whipped. Like, draw buckets of blood and leave ghastly scars, whipped. Like, medieval torture, punishment that no human rights embracing nation would ever still have on the books, whipped. You know, likewhipped. So many ladies in t [...]

    2. One of the best short story collections I've read in recent years. It's a shame that Taeko Kono isn't better known and though she appears to have authored several books, this seems to be the only one translated into English.The stories were written in the 60's but do not feel in any way dated. Each story creates a world as rich as any novelThe lives of women are explored, their relationships, the violence of their longing, the way pain and pleasure mix. Setting: a seaside town, an urban neighbor [...]

    3. This is what I'm coming as on Hallowe'en: Because she's fucking scary. A thing of horror can be a thing of beauty. Don't you just love Japan? Ban this filth, I want it too much.

    4. read two of these last night, excellent. Limpid, seemingly conventional but with a real subversive bite (next day) and then I read the third - title - story, fuck me it's strong, repellant (her fantasy bit). Jesus Christ. Still reading on though, this is good stuff, but with caution now and wondering what else will come up.update: I've stopped reading these for a bit. Not because they're bad, quite the opposite. I just need to go and lie down in a corner (with another book: it's like cheating on [...]

    5. The stories in Toddler-Hunting and Other Stories were originally written in the 1960s and concerned women and their unstable or uncertain marital relationships. Kōno Taeko's genre of writing was classified as transgressive fiction owing to her use of elements of sadomasochism and aberrant behavior. The stories were often open-ended, which are really the best kind of stories; and they were propelled by ordinary details made to seem odd and entirely new, as if the outcome of the story was dictate [...]

    6. Excited to have discovered these stories. The big guns in Japanese fiction seem to be like 99% male, but Kono Taeko is all, you guys think *you're* weird? Will someone please translate more of her work, please?

    7. There were two things which were constant in Kono Taeko's collection of stories—abrupt endings and the desire to be whipped. These stories which feature women who, for different reasons, are out at sea, whether by abandonment or unfulfillment. Though the stories often contain similar elements, their vocabularies express different forms of alienation. Indeed, I think it can be safely said that one of Kono's most prevalent interests is the swirling waters beneath the fragile meniscus of reality, [...]

    8. i'm not sure whether japanese authors have an innate proclivity for deviance, or if i just happen to have read the weird ones, but she's got a great way of shocking you with the undercurrent of violence, prurience, and cruelty that runs through all these stories. incidentally, does anyone remember which japanese author wrote a story about a woman who bobbited her husband then kept the evidence in a box and took it out periodically to put it in her mouth when she missed him? i can't for the life [...]

    9. This book was the subject matter for the best paper I ever wrote in college, or perhaps EVER, on the appeal of sadomasochism to Japanese women I admit I'm a bit sentimental toward this book. It's amazingly fascinating in that it defies your expectations, and makes you question what motivates the protagonist in her true and obvious hatred of little girls--or, if you don't want to think that far, you can be emotionally provoked by how she manifests her feelings in a very vivid sadomasochistic fant [...]

    10. Creepy and weird literary stories. Sometimes satisfying, sometimes not. They often contain a sadomasochistic aspect. These details are offered up with a casualness that is chilling. The title story itself is particularly powerful and weird. While some stories just left me baffled -- those cultural differences perhaps, getting in the way -- other stories were disturbing for their cold madness. Only the last story seemed dull. The rest were all deamy little nightmares. I would read more by this au [...]

    11. This is my favorite short story collection of all time. Some other favorites of mine include How We Are Hungry by David Eggers, and Bloodchild (& Other Stories) by Octavia Butler. I also love The Bridegroom Was a Dog by Tawada Yoko.Kono Taeko is a ghastly, frank poet, though her (amazingly translated) prose is not the most lyrical. The writing has a haunting poise; it drapes around you like a black net of a shawl. The subject matter carves out and exposes dark female desires in chunks, leavi [...]

    12. People seem to love this book and it's so called "dreamlike quality." If I had dreams like this, I'd wake up screaming. I actually tossed this book in the trash because I was so disturbed by it but fetched it out for the sake of Mrs. Jividen, my eighth grade English teacher, who admonished us to give books a chance to absorb us into their narrative world. I bought it at a thrift store because it was Japanese fiction, and therefore, I figured, must be interesting, and it was interesting all right [...]

    13. Savoured this collection over several weeks. The pieces were all written in the 1960's. Each story has some additional twist or complication that is completely unexpected. Some of the twists are S/M, physical or emotional. The back cover uses the word "transgressive" and some well-known Japaneses writers (male of course) describe Kono as the best female writer. I think Kono the writer deserves higher praise.

    14. While a few of the things in here were a little too disturbing, I have to give the book 5 stars overall for the character building and the plots. For the characters jumping off the pages and making me feel like I knew them well, and was right there watching them. Hard to put down!

    15. the comparison to O'Connor on the back is apt. her writing also reminds me of Lydia Davis in places. "Toddler Hunting" and "Bone Meat" are both effectively creepy/moving. All the references to rough sex come to seem cliche after a while.

    16. You know that Joker quote? "I'm not a monster, I'm just ahead of the curve." That's nice. You got nothing on Taeko Kono, buddy.But: ahead of the curve. That's the whole new shelf I made just for this book, where it can dwell all by itself in its melancholy, terrifying perfection.

    17. These short stories should not be put together as a book. They are very powerful, dark, and some have recurring themes. Needs lotsa lotsa energy to consumed them whole. I bet all of the symbolisms, I only got a quarter. Or even less.

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