The Doctor's Wife (Ariyoshi novel)
|Original title||Hanaoka Seishū no tsuma (華岡青洲の妻)|
|Translator||Wakako Hironaka and Ann Siller Kostant|
|Cover artist||Komaro Hoshino|
Published in English
|LC Class||PL845.R5 H313 2003|
The partly historical novel is based on the life of noted male physician Hanaoka Seishū. Though much is based on fact, many events were added for dramatic purposes. The novel follows the protagonist, here named Kae, from youth until death. From a young age, she is fascinated with Otsugi, the wife of Hanaoka Naomichi - Otsugi is said to be the most beautiful woman in the Kishu Province. Otsugi requests that Kae be married off to her son Seishū, and Kae's family eventually agrees. From there Kae learns that Otsugi is not the angelic beauty she outwardly displays and they both compete for the affections of Seishū, who is experimenting on animals to develop an anesthetic for surgery. After Otsugi dies, Kae begins to let go of her direct hatred for Otsugi and begins to live her life. She has a conversation with Koriku in which Koriku states that Kae has won the contest for Umpei's love.
- Rimer, J. Thomas, A readers guide to Japanese literature, 1991 ed., p. 185-188, ISBN 4-7700-1477-5
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