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2012.06.08

『すべて真夜中の恋人たち』

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庭の紫陽花が咲き始め、こちらでは、今日梅雨入り。とはいえ、ガーディナーからおたくにすっかり逆戻りしたオカダにとっては、さほど気にならない。でも、湿気にだけは気をつけないとなあ。

そんなおり、川上未映子 『すべて真夜中の恋人た』 講談社を読んだ。川上さんは、『乳と卵』((感想はこちら)以来、気になっている作家の一人。『ヘヴン』も読んだけど、結局感想は書けず仕舞いだった。

主人公は冬子という34歳の女性で、今はフリーで校正の仕事をしている。この主人公は、人づきあいが苦手で、引っ込み思案で、かつ神経質で、その一方、仕事だけは職人気質で非常に真剣に取り組んでいる。そんなキャラクターにとても共感しながら読んだ。

冬子の対極のキャラとして登場するのが、出版社勤務の編集者、聖。仕事がバリバリできて、上司にもはっきりモノを言い、男にもモテていろんな男を取っ替え引っ替えしている。ある意味、女性として生きることの困難さを想像させるキャラ造型になっている。そんな聖だけど、なぜか冬子には親身に接してくれる。

ある日、冬子は部屋に籠もりっきりの生活を変えようと出かけたカルチャーセンターで、ある男性と出会う。そこから物語は進んでいくわけだけど、これがまたなんとも冬子らしい展開だった。

読み終わって、ふうとため息。昔感じた、あの息苦しいような気持ちを思い出し、しばし余韻に浸った。読んでよかったと久しぶりに思えた恋愛小説だった。

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オカダさん、こんばんは。

心に残るいい物語でしたね。
とても印象深く覚えています。
この本の記事の翌日にも、この本のことを書いてしまったほどです。

>ガーディナーからおたくにすっかり逆戻りした

???ガーディナーお止めになったのですか?
我が家のにわかガーディナー?は、うどんこ病に四苦八苦しています^^;

Posted by: Poke | 2012.06.14 at 07:03 PM

Pokeさん、こんばんは。TBありがとうございました。

ホント、いい物語でした。ラストは、いい意味で裏切られました。

Pokeさんの翌日の記事も読みました。そういえば、読んだ覚えがありましたが、
この本に関しての記事だったということは記憶に残っていませんでした。
本自体を読んでなかったからでしょう。
僕ももう一度読み返したくなりました。
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/yupasama44/e/e731d6286f7498c6f99dd2c10a6832df

ガーディナーをすっぱりやめてしまった訳ではないのですが、ほとんど時間を割かなくなってしまいましたので、ガーディナーを自称するのも憚られる有様です(^_^;。

ガーデニングにおいては、病気や害虫には苦労しますね。それを乗り越えられるかどうかが、重要なステップなんでしょうね。

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