Dad, this is interesting… If you read the book, you’ll find a lot of sympathy for it.
Last week, my wife brought me a copy of Makiko Uchidate’s The End of the World, which she had borrowed from the library. I’ve already read it” and “Yes, I read it in one day. Makiko Uchidate is interesting…
They both enjoy reading and borrow four or five books from the library once every two weeks, but their reading habits are different and they don’t read the same books very often. What’s more, it’s the person who has finished. What’s the end of the world… We’re not done yet. I thought I was going to sympathize with you, but don’t talk back to me. So I picked up the book…
When I started reading this book, I felt like, “What the heck…? However, after reading the book for about three minutes, I became interested in it, and I read it all at once.
The protagonist is from Morioka. He graduated from the University of Tokyo Law School and worked at a mega-bank. He was at the forefront of the elite, and in his 40s he became the head of the central department of the headquarters. However, between the factions within the company, he is relegated to an affiliated company, where he will reach retirement age. He could have stayed on as a part-time worker, but his pride would not allow him to do so and he decided to retire completely.
It’s not that I didn’t dream of living in retirement somewhere, but once I reached retirement age, I didn’t know what to do… He had been a single-minded corporate warrior, but when he reached retirement age, he had no hobbies, and he felt the grief of those who had finished their careers, and spent his days agonizing over his loss.
I went to culture centers and gyms, but they were all full of old ladies. My past pride gets in the way and I can’t fit in well. Naturally, he becomes reluctant to talk to his wife on a daily basis, and his wife is likely to make him feel uncomfortable.
During those agonizing days, he was approached by a young businessman in his mid-thirties (president of an IT venture company) whom he met at a sports gym, and was hired as an advisor, working three days a week at an annual salary of 6 million yen.
He was able to wield his skills in accounting and finance, a skill he had acquired in the past, and gained the absolute trust of the president and other executives, bringing back the days when he was as lively as a fish with water. It brings back the spirit of a corporate warrior at the height of her life, and she’s so energized that she wants to get one of them back.
However, after less than a year as an advisor, the president died suddenly. At that point, he also decided to leave the company.
However, the young board members would not allow him to step down. Rather than the resignation of the advisor, he becomes the president of the company. I’m a workman by nature, so when it comes to work, I’m fired up. The company’s performance has been steady, and it has enjoyed the springtime of its life in both name and reality. However, one day, after about 10 months, a large scale business partner of Project in Southeast Asia suddenly went bankrupt, 300 million yen was burned, and the bottom fell out in an instant. I ran around the bank, but there was no bank that would lend me an umbrella when it was raining. The result is bankruptcy. The president had all of his personal assets taken into the bank, leaving only his wife’s assets and pension.
It is Yasakita, and my alma mater’s high school, which is experiencing a low point of disappointment, advances to the final round of the regional qualifying round for the Koshien. One of my classmates called me and asked me to go and cheer him on. In the midst of his disappointment, he feels a sense of nostalgia.
As soon as you enter the ballpark for the regional qualifier, your high school friends are all there. I hear voices from all over the place. The result of the final game was a disappointing loss, but we had a lot of fun because the top school in the prefecture had scored a goal against a powerful baseball team, and we had a reunion in the evening. However, there is no sign of the classmate who was competing with the protagonist in high school for the top spot. When I asked him, he told me that he had gone back to his hometown but was unable to attend due to circumstances.
When I asked him about it, I couldn’t stand it at all, so I slipped out of the banquet in the middle of it and ran to him. It’s been 35 years since I’ve seen that classmate. At first glance, one can see the traces of hard work. However, he welcomes the protagonist without complacency.
After graduating from Kyoto University, he remained at the university as a researcher and did considerable research, but one day, his wife and children suddenly died in a car accident. Unable to recover easily from the shock, he even considers suicide, but he is unable to die and returns to his hometown in despair. After that, he inherited his father’s camera shop and ran a lonely, male family with a blurry father. But now, somewhere along the way, he has attained mastery and is living a quiet life. In the midst of this, he tells the protagonist.
“I remember my dead wife saying. Whenever I would get depressed and complain about how things used to be better, my wife would scold me for being a downtown Tokyo woman. “Oh, it’s rubbish. You can’t win even if you fight against the memories.
I kept my mouth shut. He drank his beer wordlessly too.
Yeah, I’ve been fighting with memories since I retired, haven’t I? The more time passes, the more beautified and powerful our memories become. I was wrestling with an opponent I couldn’t win, and it was barren.
Thereafter, the protagonist separates from his wife, returns to his hometown, and tries to live the rest of his life in his own way.
Makiko Uchidate is really interesting… You can either give up full retirement or…