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友情と信頼をまもろうと命がけで走る青年の姿をえがいた「走れメロス」など、太宰の本当の良さがわかる感動的な11の短編。犬がこわいのに犬に好かれてしまう太宰と飼い犬との交流を楽しく語る「畜犬談」、重い病の妹とその姉に起こる奇跡をミステリー風に物語る「葉桜と魔笛」、キリストへの愛ゆえの裏切りをユダが語る「駈込み訴え」のほか、「トカトントン」「桜桃」などドラマチックな物語や心にのこる名作ばかりの決定版。さし絵多数。小学上級から。
Paperback, 230 pages
Published June 1988 by Kodansha (first published April 1940)
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Sean O'Hara
Apr 20, 2015 Sean O'Hara rated it it was amazing
Mizuki Nomura was right -- Osamu Dazai is far funnier than people give him credit for. This is a guy who attempted suicide five times -- three of them double suicides, two of which left his partner dead and one of which left him dead -- and whose most famous book is about a guy who spends two hundred pages talking about his existential angst before committing suicide, so it's understandable that people tend to think of him as a Gloomy Gus. But as Nomura points out in her novel Book Girl and the ...more
Andrew
Ignore the title story-- a somewhat cute bit of hero worship (Dazai worshipping Schiller worshipping Greeks)-- and lap up how glorious everything else is. Osamu Dazai doesn't get read much outside his native Japan, it seems, which is damn foolish. These are some high-water marks of Japanese short fiction, especially "Schoolgirl," which (somehow) got published as a separate book despite its 40-page length. If you can track a volume of this edition down, which isn't the easiest task outside Japan, ...more
Yuki-o
1. IBC Publishing/level1

2. 90min

3. lowest human being, furious, kill, bride, hit, doubt

4a.Strong, honest Melos turned red in the face.

4b. He turned red, even though he is a hero who protected a country and the citizen. I thought he was just human like us.

5. I learned important thing from this book. Personal trust has good and bad aspects. This means that trust can happen happy thing or happen serious problem.
Mastugae Kiyoaki
Feb 09, 2014 Mastugae Kiyoaki rated it it was amazing
delicate innocence.
Nina
Feb 22, 2015 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually read a little bit of 走れメロス before, but I didn't finish it. I learned that it is very famous in Japan when I was watching Japanese TV shows after that, so I want to finish reading it. To me it is like a fable or fairy tale because it told a story about believing that might be too beautiful to be true. I don't think anyone can believe in someone else so firmly like メロス and his friend, but this is exactly the reason why all of us (not only people who study Japanese) should read this stor ...more
Gertrude & Victoria
Run, Melos! and other stories by Dazai Osamu is a wonderful collection of short stories. This book is published in Japan and may be difficult, if not impossible, to get in other countries. The title story Run, Melos! is adopted from Friedrich Schiller's story of Damon and Pythias, which was originally taken from Greek myth.

It is a story of lasting friendship between Melos and Selinuntius. Melos has to save his friend from a tyrant king by returning to his native land before three days, so that S
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Taka
Uneven--

J-Lit Being #10: Run, Melos! and Other Stories

Out of the nine stories from Dazai's middle period included in this collection, the famous title story and "An Urgent Appeal" (a revisionist story a la Borges about Judas' love-hate relationship with Christ) are really worth reading.

The rest are just meh.

Most of his stories are autobiographical. "Eight Views of Tokyo" is pretty much an early draft of his No Longer Human and the last two stories are accounts of Dazai going home, and though int
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Łiğhť Ťâhâ
May 31, 2016 Łiğhť Ťâhâ rated it it was amazing
علي رغم إني لم أحصل علي شرف قراءة الرواية و لكني شاهدت العمل الذي كان مبنيا علي اساس الرواية
لقد عرفت القصة و نالت اعجابي بشكل كبير و شاهدتها في أنمي " لم يعد بشريا " كان بحق رائع للغاية
Fredriksson Aaron
Mar 23, 2016 Fredriksson Aaron rated it really liked it
Some of theese stories are so queer, that you would think it was a dream he had written down. The one i came for & the one i stayed for, was "Run Melos Run".
Ah— an alike story like the old greek original, but made into a childrens tale of trust and gladness. It is one of my most favourite books and will always be, so i suggest you take your time, to get into Osamu's mind of wonders and thoughts. For as all of them, were next told by his wife, wich were to hear all of theese every night befor
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Iori Kawasaki
This book report is for Sohie's class(Tue,1 period)

Title: Run, Melos, Run.
Publisher: IBC Publish
Reading Time: 60min

Seven words Summary: capture, execution, promise, trust, run, return, reconciliation

Discussion Question 1: If you were require to act as a substitute, can you do it?
My answer: It is very difficult question for me, but maybe I can. if someone who is my friend were in trouble, i wanna be a help for him.

Discussion Question 2: If someone do something tyrannically, can you stop him from
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Sahar Hassine
Jun 03, 2016 Sahar Hassine rated it it was amazing
compared to the type of books i want to read, this one is rather warm, but i loved it anyway :D
Atanas Keranov
Jul 01, 2016 Atanas Keranov rated it it was amazing
Is it more painful to wait? Or to keep someone waiting? In any case, there was no need to wait anymore. That was the most painful thing.
Arindam Bandyopadhyay
Sep 06, 2015 Arindam Bandyopadhyay rated it it was amazing
Read only the cover story 'Run, Melos!'.
Amazing, truly amazing.
Olive
Jan 19, 2016 Olive added it
我读的重庆出版社翻译的。严重影响阅读体验。喜欢太宰,下次看英文版的。
Shouta Takao
Oct 28, 2012 Shouta Takao rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1 hour 20 minuts

Seven Words:Melos, friend, trust, run, sister, wedding, arrived

Questions
Q:If you became hostage for your friend, can you trust your friend's return untill just before your excution ?
A:Of course, I can trust my best friends, but if I faced my excution, perhaps I doubt my friends for an instant.

Q:Do you have a friend who you can trust him(her) and become hostage for him(her)?
A:Yes. I can trust and become hostage for my junior high school friends. I think that they are my best frien
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Emiko Miyasato
I took about 65 minites to read this book.

Summary
Melos, weding, frind, wait, go, back, happy

Discussion Questions
1 In this story, Melos visites to the city. Which do you like living in the city or country side?

I like living is the country side, becaouse there is very quiet. We can live comfatable.

2 In this story, the sister of Mello married. When do you want to marry

I want to marry in the age about 28, becouse I want to enjoy the work too!
Koki Komura
Pubblisher Ladder series
Time 60min

Discussion question
Do you have the best friend?
I have the best friend who is from same high school and now same university.

Have you ever betray promise with your friend?
Maybe I sometimes did.
Most case, I have been late.

This story is really famous in Japan.
I was impressed Meros's mind and character!
Takaya
Nov 26, 2012 Takaya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
November 26
7 words summary
run,tyrant,spirit,give up,lifeblood,reform,happy
Discussion question
1,What is lifeblood for you?
-I think my lifeblood is sleeping. Even if I am very tired, I can get well because of the sleeping.
2,What is your biggest adversity?
-I fall Shiga university. It is my adversity
Cris N.
I only read the short story called "Run, Melos!", as I couldn't get my hands on this actual book. It is basically Dazai's retelling of the Greek legend of Damon and Pythias. Based on the style, it's something I'd recommend to middle or high students learning about ancient Greece.
Keita Hayakawa
May 19, 2013 Keita Hayakawa rated it really liked it
5.20 54 min

Melos
Run
Hush
King
Change
Mind
Helped

I think this story is about friendship. Melos run hush to help friend. Have you ever helped friend or other people?

In my case, I helped child drawing in the river.
This is real story!
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Osamu DAZAI (太宰 治) was the pen name of Shūji Tsushima. Although his father wanted him to be a politician, he insisted on being an author. When he applied to the Tokyo University French Literature Department, he was 20 years old. For most of his lifetime, he was a drug addict, an alcoholic and a sufferer of tubercolosis.

His last book Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human)(1948) is an authobiography. It
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