Hotel Iris

Hotel Iris

Book - 2010
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A tale of twisted love from Yoko Ogawa--author of The Diving Pool and The Housekeeper and the Professor .

In a crumbling seaside hotel on the coast of Japan, quiet seventeen-year-old Mari works the front desk as her mother tends to the off-season customers. When one night they are forced to expel a middle-aged man and a prostitute from their room, Mari finds herself drawn to the man's voice, in what will become the first gesture of a single long seduction. In spite of her provincial surroundings, and her cool but controlling mother, Mari is a sophisticated observer of human desire, and she seesin this man something she has long been looking for.

The man is a proud if threadbare translator living on an island off the coast. A widower, there are whispers around town that he may have murdered his wife. Mari begins to visit him on his island, and he soon initiates her into a dark realm of both pain and pleasure, a place in which she finds herself more at ease even than the translator. As Mari's mother begins to close in on the affair, Mari's sense of what is suitable and what is desirable are recklessly engaged.

Hotel Iris is a stirring novel about the sometimes violent ways in which we express intimacy and about the untranslatable essence of love.

Publisher: New York : Picador, c2010
ISBN: 9780312425241
Branch Call Number: OGAWA
Characteristics: 164 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Snyder, Stephen 1957-


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Apr 05, 2014

I liked it but i wasn't a fan of how the man basically raped her. ALso, the fact that the only thing she can focus on is the fact that the guy is dead, I wanna shake her and scream 'Woman, the man RAPED you!'. Poor girl

Oct 21, 2013

Disgusting. I don't know how someone who could write something as beautiful and monumental as 'The housekeeper and the professor' could write this. In my opinion it is as bad as child pornography; regardless of the deeper meaning, I'm not sure this novel was worth anything.

Jun 07, 2013

Well-written, but very twisted story, even for Ogawa. Adult themes throughout.

Mar 11, 2011

Twisted and erotic. I actually think it can be classified as porn. A little S&M, a little statutory rape, a little psychosis, and a lot weird. It is very short and the descriptions are sparse, which made it all the more creepy.

Nov 01, 2010

Did not finish as I failed to connect.

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