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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Bedtime Eyes by Amy Yamada. Bedtime Eyes by Amy Yamada ,. Yumi Gunji Translator. Marc Jardine Translator. Amy Yamada is one of the most prominent--and controversial--novelists in Japan today. Bedtime Eyes is the first English-la Amy Yamada is one of the most prominent--and controversial--novelists in Japan today.
Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published May 2nd by St. Martin's Press first published November More Details Original Title. Other Editions 9. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Bedtime Eyes , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 2. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Bedtime Eyes. Mar 09, David rated it it was ok Shelves: big-red-circle. Amy's not winning many friends by page 5: "His dick wasn't the kind of disgusting, red cock that white men have, nor was it the pathetic, infantile thing of Japanese men, the kind that doesn't do a thing for you until it's inside you.
The third story was a bit pointless. The first two were okay if you want to read about a Japanese woman having rough sex with Black guys. African-American characters in Japanese litera Amy's not winning many friends by page 5: "His dick wasn't the kind of disgusting, red cock that white men have, nor was it the pathetic, infantile thing of Japanese men, the kind that doesn't do a thing for you until it's inside you.
African-American characters in Japanese literature. Is someone doing a paper on this? View all 4 comments. Aug 31, Mike rated it did not like it Shelves: fiction-drama-poetry , japan-japanese , african-americans , z-read-in This might be the worst book I ever read in my life.
Dec 12, Clint rated it did not like it Shelves: This was actually 3 novellas, and the last one was actually pretty good, except for its last page or so. But it was nowhere near good enough to save this book from the gutter, because the first 2 are some of the worst things I've ever read.
I guess I'm a little biased, but I just can't stand most feminist porn, because, I don't know, I guess I'm just simple, but can anyone tell me why self-identified feminists always write such blatantly abusive, masochistic sex scenes?
I actually can't think of This was actually 3 novellas, and the last one was actually pretty good, except for its last page or so. I actually can't think of a single sex scene written by a feminist writer that wasn't violent, and the women in these scenes LOVE it, like, somehow it's a show of a strong woman to enjoy getting the shit kicked out of you. Here's a funny part: "'Fuck me, you bastard! He gave me a look of utter contempt. I was crying now, desperate for his touch. He spit in my face.
My lip split and blood poured out. He hated me now. But I knew he loved me, too. He continued thrusting, trying to humiliate and defeat me, and I let him do what he wanted.
I'd pretended not to recognize his genius and now I was being punished. He could do as he pleased with me. He'd earned the right. I could tell he was feeling the same way now that he had two years earlier when he had fucked me by the piano.
As soon as people had begun to recognize his talent, he had started a new life as that pianist. I wondered what else I could possibly do for him. Perhaps the only thing I was capable of was crying to make him feel superior. I nearly lost consciousness a number of times, and Leroy was obviously very satisfied with his work.
When he had finished I couldn't speak. My hair was plastered to my forehead with sweat and he brushed it away with his fingers so he could look into my eyes. The last story was about the trouble a new girlfriend has with her boyfriend's 11 year old boy, a tragic kid totally a child of parents who hate each other, and it was actually pretty interesting. I get the feeling Amy Yamada really wants to be American, she's totally obsessed with black Americans and black American culture, music, food, and in the last story, I didn't even know where it was supposed to be set.
The main woman is Japanese, and the ex-wife of her boyfriend is Japanese, but everyone else in the story, the women and men both, have English names, and the kid asks for 5 dollars to buy a cheeseburger. What the shit? Anyway, no no no. Oct 24, Rox An rated it really liked it Shelves: literary-fiction , hogwarts-house-cup-challenge.
Bedtime Eyes is a collection of three novellas centering on dysfunctional relationship between a Japanese woman and a Black American. In Bedtime Eyes, erotic dancer and occasional prostitute, Kim falls in love with a black American navy deserter, Spoon, who constantly abuses her.
Their love affair is as real as it is cocaine fueled. Ruiko was the domi Bedtime Eyes is a collection of three novellas centering on dysfunctional relationship between a Japanese woman and a Black American.
Ruiko was the dominatrix before stardom hits Leroy. After years of not seeing each other, he wants the tables turned. It is now Ruiko who comes to him and submits to his whims. His revenge proves to have fatal consequences. Jesse is a tale of a young woman and an eleven-year old boy competing for the love of a middle-aged man. When her husband has to visit his dying father in San Francisco, Coco and Jesse are forced to settle their differences once and for all. All three stories relate the confusion between love and hate and the irony of love being simultaneously simple and complex.
Bedtime Eyes is extremely provocative and shocking yet heartwarming. It is not all sex, it is an overpowering prose that is reminiscent of contemporary Japanese writers like Ryu Murakami. Are Japanese people racist? This book received a prize. He had a great success.
About what is it? An history of love between a Japanese woman and an American black. For Japanese it is the top of the transgression. A friend spoke to me about their contempt for the inhabitants of Okinawa who have dark skin.
Spoon, the black character has all the stereotypes: robber, deserter, traitor and of course equipped with a large penis.
For the rest it is level of the Harlequin collection. Bad novel. Jun 07, Catalina rated it it was ok.
See the full list. Beautiful Yuko arrives home from the US to stay with her brother, Takuya at his posh mansion in the countryside. Soon Yuko witnesses many strange and perverse events in the house. A young woman who is prone to romantic dreams involving her supervisor time-travels from to and becomes involved with a private investigator who is working on a divorce case and is having his own marital difficulties.
This transient lifestyle forced her to confront issues of separation and bullying, issues that many of her protagonists also deal with. According to her interview with the Japanese magazine Bungei, during middle school she was moved by African-American soul music and began to read any novels she could find written by black people , or featuring black people. She held a job in the Roppongi district of Tokyo , an area rich with foreigners. In high school, she was a member of the Arts, Mountaineering, and Literature Club. Her favorite authors were Boris Vian and Francoise Sagan.
Originally published in Japan in the mids before Trash , the three novellas in this harsh, vivid collection each feature a Japanese woman in a destructive relationship with an African-American man. The title novella presents Kim, a nightclub singer who falls for a navy deserter called Spoon. As Kim and Spoon's coke-fueled sexual idyll spirals into violence, Kim remains desperate to keep him. Another sadomasochistic relationship forms the core of "The Piano Player's Eyes," about a woman named Ruiko who dominates her "new toy," Leroy Jones.
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