Hotel Iris

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Jun 3, 2012 13:44
I just finished reading a novel titled "Hotel Iris" by the Japanese novelist Yoko Ogawa. I have noticed the writer for a long time because there are not many Japanese writers whose works are available in English and Yoko is one of them.

The book's got an interesting title. "Hotel Iris" reminds you of one of those Japanese hotels located in a hot spring resort or close to the sea. It's a beautiful name. It makes me want to know more about the hotel and what's going on in it.

The protagonist is a 17-year-old girl. She is the daughter of a hotel owner and falls in love with a middle-aged man. The author wrote a lot about what the girl's thoughts and self observations. The sex scenes are like those seen in a Japanese porn movie. The girl enjoys the sadistic pleasure inflicted on her by the man. The man would tie her up and whip her, stuff like that. Overall, the novel is very Japanese.
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