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Seventy-seven-year-old Utsugi, a retired businessman, is the protagonist and diarist of this book. Various aches and pains plague him, but his spirits are buoyed by a growing erotic obsession with his daughter-in-law, Satsuko, a former nightclub dancer married to his workaholic son. She carelessly flirts with Utsugi off and on. This short novel alternates between descriptions of our hero's haggling with the medical establishment and various medicines, fights with his wife and family, and encounters with Satsu. _Diary of a Mad Old Man_ was published in 1965, late in the great Japanese novelist's career, but its theme of the relationship between sexual desire and the will to live is familiar in much of his other work.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Daughter    -   In-laws    -   Wife Family, caring for ill    -   Yes Who is sick?    -   Father because he/she is    -   physically ill Kind of sex:    -   incest Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Taboo sex story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   long lived adults Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Japanese Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Japan City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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