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Nami-ko,  a  young  woman  of  a  noble  Japanese  family,  has  recently  married  the  naval  officer 

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Takeo,  the  only  heir  of  a  friend  of  her  father's.  The  couple  is  very  happy  together  and  Takeo  is 

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doing  everything  to  create  the  perfect  life  for  his  wife,  even  more  so  when  she  contracts 

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tuberculosis.  Takeo's  mother,  however,  sees  Nami's  illness  as  a  threat  to  the  survival  of  the 

family  line.  Egged  on  by  Chijiwa,  a  spurned  lover  of  Nami's  and  Takeo's  cousin,  she  uses  her 
son's  absence  to  send  Nami  back  to  her  family,  thus  effecting  a  divorce.  Upon  his  return, 
Takeo  is  furious,  but,  unable  to  undo  the  divirce,  he  goes  off  to  the  front  line  in  the  war  with 
China.  Meanwhile,  Nami  is  getting  worse,  and  her  only  wish  is  to  be  able  to  see  Takeo  one 
more  time... 

This  is  the  best  known  novel  by  Kenjiro  (pen-name:  Roka)  Tokutomi.  Written  in  1899  as 
Hototogisu  (The  Cuckoo),  it  deals  with  the  life  of  the  upper  classes  in  the  early  years  after  the 
Meiji  Restoration,  when  Japan  was  torn  between  ancient  traditions  and  modern  Western 
influences.  The  novel  was  translated  several  times  soon  after  its  publication.  This  translation  is 
by  Sakae  Shioya  and  E.  F.  Edgett  from  1904. 

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Cover  image:  The  Note  of  a  Cuckoo,  woodblock  print  by  Kajita  Hanko,  1903. 

Cover  designed  by  Availle.  This  design  is  in  the  public  domain.