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Weasels in the Attic: Hiroko Oyamada

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In Weasels in the Attic we have, besides its eponymous critters, various aquaria of tropical fish, including a sharp-tailed baby bonytongue that in a nightmare leaps from its tank onto the sleeping narrator’s belly. Each section is rounded out by Oyamada's minimalist language, which opens up the margins to show wry insights. Family life Share aims to share cool knowledge and unique experience about family life, RV life, pets, hobbies and life tips.

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And a dinner party during a blizzard leads to a night in a room filled with aquariums and unpleasant dreams. After The Factory and The Hole , Weasels is Oyamada’s third full-length title to be translated into English. Though friendly to Asa, he explains that he has cut himself off from the world out of disgust with humanity.

Toward the beginning of ‘‘The Last of the Weasels’’, there is an awkward scene where the narrator is asked by his wife to ejaculate into a container so the gynaecologist can test his sperm.

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Oyamada quit and wrote The Factory, choosing to spend her days in the hallucinated reality rather than the actual one. The smallest weasel, fittingly named the “least weasel” can grow as long as 10 inches, although the majority of them are around 4 or 5 inches. The end result is that Weasels in the Attic is a disquieting meditation on motherhood in Japan—a shrinking society where heavily gendered expectations for parents endure.These fish appear throughout the three stories, Urabe tries to experiment with them to create different patterns on the “bonytongues” silvery scales through the use of different genetic pairings and Saiki eventually tries to breed the “bonytongues” himself. For the three men in Weasels, this is seen as normal and when the narrator feels bad the new, possibly underaged mother is doing all the labor, social stigma keeps him from speaking up about it. He and his wife have been trying to have a baby – naturally she is more enthusiastic than he is – but they have not succeeded.

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If you enjoy what we do and want to see it continue, please take a moment and subscribe or donate now! Her subject is avoidance: the absurd contortions a person will perform to avoid seeing the world as it really is.Even the weasels and exotic fish that frame the stories have no trouble having children, heightening the wife’s unease and the husband’s dissociation as the novella goes on.

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