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, 2010
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780312425241
Branch Call Number: FIC OGAWA 2010
Characteristics: 164 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Snyder, Stephen 1957-


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When she overhears a domineering man in another room, Mari harkens to her master's voice. A riveting novel of romantic obsession and domination.

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jessebraydon Oct 29, 2018

This is a disgusting book, that I can't help but like. It's equally infuriating as it is intriguing. Full of sexual content that does include sexual abuse. In a seaside hotel in Japan, a young girl falls for the voice of an old man who brings a prostitute to the room of the hotel he is staying in - which just so happens to be the girls and her mothers. This is the Hotel Iris.

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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