Novel Conversations: The Wild Geese, by Ogai MoriThe Wild Geese is set in the s Tokyo. The cast of characters in the book include the narrator, a medical student and his colleague, Okada; a poor old man and his beautiful daughter, Otama; and Suezo, a usurer and his wife. In the beginning, Otama does not mind the arrangement. Over time, however, she grows resentful and suspicious of Suezo. It is during this period that Okada, the medical student, encounters Otama during one of his daily walks.
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The Wild Geese
Post a Comment. Set in but written at the end of the Meiji Era , The Wild Geese is narrated by an unnamed medical student who lives in a boarding house with a handsome and admirable fellow named Okada. On his walks around Tokyo, Okada has developed a nodding acquaintance with a lovely young woman named Otama. The narrator fills us in on her background which he says he did not know at the time of the events in the story but learned later. Otama was deceived into marrying a policeman who it turned out already had a wife. Thus "ruined," she had few options.
This is a gentle novel of love. Okada is a medical student at Tokyo University, a good-looking, very fit young man, who enjoys his evening walk, visiting second-hand bookshops. On returning from his walk, he has been accustomed to seeing an attractive woman, returning from the bath-house to her house. He is clearly attracted to her. Okada and the unnamed narrator live in a student boarding-house, where there are servants to run errands for the students.
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. The Wild Geese is a novel written by the Japanese writer Mori Ogai, published between and in Japan and in the year in America. Initially, the novel was published as a series and then later, as it was translated it was compiled into a single book. The action takes place in Japan in the s and it is generally considered as being a historical novel. The action takes place in an important period in the history of Japan as the country developed and changed rapidly.
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The novel contains commentary on the changing situation between the Edo and Meiji periods. The characters of the novel are diverse, including not only students preparing for a privileged intellectual life and commoners who provide services to them, but also a pair of highly developed female characters. Mori sympathetically portrays the dilemmas and frustrations faced by women in this early period of Japan's modernization. Suezo, a moneylender, is tired of life with his nagging wife, so he decides to take a mistress. Otama, the only child of a widower merchant, wishing to provide for her aging father, is forced by poverty to become the moneylender's mistress. When Otama learns the truth about Suezo, she feels betrayed, and hopes to find a hero to rescue her. Otama meets Okada, a medical student, who becomes both the object of her desire and the symbol of her rescue.