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Nowaki

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  17 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Shirai Dōya is a man of letters, a man of principles. His principles sometimes stand in the way of his teaching career, but his writing allows him to openly address "today's youth" with stern conviction — although he is still unable to make a comfortable living from his writing. Two youths in particular show interest in his ideas: the tubercular impoverished Takayanagi, an ...more
Paperback, 121 pages
Published May 2011 by Center for Japanese Studies, The University of Michigan (first published 1907)
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Leslie
Jan 25, 2016 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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[Review in English followed by review in French]
[Critique en anglais suivie de critique en français]

A very good book that criticizes our capitalist societies and defends intellectual values, but which doesn't take itself too seriously neither, because Sôseki never forgets to add an irony touch here and there. Truly he kind of mocks both sides.
His characters are quite strange and odd, that's why they're struggling to adapt to the post-industrial Japanese society. They're endearing, passionate an
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I am Cat。
Oct 21, 2012 I am Cat。 rated it liked it
Shelves: japanese-fiction
Nowaki is not a novel to be taken lightly. The reader must be attentive to catch Souseki's sarcastic humor and forward social commentary. It's interesting also to note the author's connection to this story, but it's more enjoyable to learn of it following the reading.

So, despite being a sleeper, I think this piece is very sobering and its conclusion heartwarming.
Ryan
Feb 07, 2016 Ryan added it
Nowaki was an early Natsume Sōseki (1867-1916) short novel first published in 1907. It was the story about an aging writer's hard stance on the ethical and moral responsibility of the artist in society. Sōseki dramatized this stance through the ex-middle school teacher Dōya’s philosophy of education.

Full review at: http://booktrek.blogspot.com/2012/04/...
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Natsume Sōseki (夏目 漱石, February 9, 1867 – December 9, 1916), born Natsume Kinnosuke (夏目 金之助) was a Japanese novelist of the Meiji period (1868–1912). He is best known for his novels "Kokoro", "Botchan", "I Am a Cat" and his unfinished work "Light and Darkness". He was also a scholar of British literature and composer of haiku, kanshi, and fairy tales. From 1984 until 2004, his portrait appeared on ...more
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