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The 210th Day

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The 210th Day reveals another facet of Soseki's skills. Written almost entirely in dialogue form, it demonstrates Soseki's vivid imagination and his gift for striking images. It follows two friend's attempt to climb the rumbling Mount Aso as it threatens to erupt- recording their banter about their backgrounds, behaviors, and reactions to the things they see along the way....more
ebook, 106 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Tuttle Publishing (first published July 1976)
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Soseki Natsume is probably the most popular writer in Japan. His time period is in the teens and this particular book was written and published in 1915. It is about two friends who decide to visit and climb Mount Aso, which is a volcano.

Now what got my interest is that I spent time in this area of Japan, so it's great to read a book that deals with the location that is still pretty much the same. The book is basically dialogue between these two guys, and it's lighter than air. Nothing really hap...more
This is a short novel ... a really quick read about two guys who climb an active volcano and talk. It’s 90% dialog (based on an actual climb Natsume Soseki did with a friend). It kind of cleansed me of Faulkner’s wordy sentences but did little else. I did find the following amusing:

"What use is this water?" asks Kei, the tofu seller’s son, swirling the water around in the bath.

"What use is it? According to the formula, it should be suitable for everything. But you know, you can go on rubbing it
The 210th Day ( 二百十日 ) is my second Natsume Souseki’s novella. I was planning to read this book for my Japanese Literature Challenge 3, but somehow it always got push by other books. In the end, I read this for my Japanese Literature Challenge 4.

The book is very thin, only 100 pages including introduction by Marvin Marcus. There is not much to tell about this book because most of the story consists of long dialogue by the two main characters. This is my first time reading a book that emphasizes...more
To be honest, It's not easy to grab the essence of this book. It's short, packed with dialogues of two men on a holiday at Aso canton and their hike on Mt. Aso.

It's more like a short memorabilia of the writer's own experience. It's stated in the introduction that it's a minor work of Soseki and more like an experiment. I agree with the later.

All that I could conclude is that by the end of the story, the son of the tofu maker has won over his well-born friend, succesfully pursuaded him to hike on...more
A short comic novella, hopelessly outdated and out of context in English. Soseki is a hero of mine but even in the original I doubt this is his best work. It's pretty ridiculous reading in-jokes about Japanese politicians from the 1870s, and I don't think this should've been translated at all. "Have you ever noticed that North Kumamoto golfers putt like this, but South Kumamoto golfers putt like THIS?"
Indah Threez Lestari
897 - 2012

Lupa kalau ternyata aku menumpuk buku-buku Soseki sejak November 2008.

Buku ini 90-95% isinya percakapan biasa antara dua orang yang sedang mendaki Gunung Aso, tapi menarik. Konon diambil dari pengalaman Soseki sendiri bersama temannya.
A nice story about a conversation between two man who about to climb a dangerous volcano, I find it first a little boring but it turn out to be yeah nice short story
How blessed you are when you have a friend during your 210th day. Awesome piece of literature.
Berkisah tentang dua pemuda, Kei dan Roku, yang mencoba mendaki Mount Aso.
It was an amusing book. Hemingway's Iceberg Theory could work for this one.
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Natsume Sōseki was the pen name of Natsume Kinnosuke, who is widely considered to be the foremost Japanese novelist of the Meiji Era (1868–1912). He is commonly referred to as Sōseki. 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, Chinese-style poetry, and fairy tales. From 1...more
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