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The American Diary of a Japanese Girl: An Annotated Edition
The first American novel by a writer of Japanese ancestry, "The American Diary of a Japanese Girl" is a landmark of modern American fiction and Japanese-American transnationalism. First published in 1902, Yone Noguchi's novel describes the turn-of-the-century adventures of Tokyo belle Miss Morning Glory in a first-person narrative that the "New York Times" called "perfectl ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 28th 2007 by Temple University Press
(first published January 1st 2007)
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While Noguchi's little novel is hardly great art, I found this, the first novel written by a Japanese individual living in the United States, surprisingly interesting as both an important historical document and a sprightly chronicle of a most-opinionated and vivacious young woman touring turn-of-the-century San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. The annotations and editorial content are immensely helpful and informative and added a great deal to my enjoyment.
Written as a psuedo-diary by a Japanese man who lived in America in the end of the 19th century, the book follows a young Japanese girl as she travels through San Francisco, LA, and New York. I have a hard time engaging with the character's superficiality, but it's an interesting read to guage the turn-of-the-century Japanese man's mindset of a woman experiencing America. A must-read for anyone who likes Murakami, as you can see the origins of his style.
Yone Noguchi was an influential Japanese writer of poetry, fiction, essays, and literary criticism in both English and Japanese. He was the father of the sculptor Isamu Noguchi.More about Yone Noguchi...