** Diary of a Mad Old Man by Junichiro Tanizaki

Diary of a Mad Old Man recounts the narrow existence of a sick, aging man, who carefully records the details of his medical regimen, lusts after his daughter-in-law, who happily complies to extract all kinds of privileges from him,  and generally hates everyone else in the family. While the story is artfully dribbled out and the duel for power between the writer and his daughter in law is perfectly matched, I just could not care much for the vain self-centered central character — nor for the scheming daughter in law, even less for the weaklings around them that allow them to manipulate everyone else…


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