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Amélie is a young language teacher living in Tokyo. When she succumbs to the attentions of a student--the shy, wealthy, and oh-so-Japanese Rinri--the lovers find themselves swept along by an affair that is as unusual as it is tender.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Europa Editions (first published 2007)
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Tavi
How do you know an author is talented? One way is when you cannot stop reading, even though not much is happening plotwise. This was Tokyo Finacee for me. Nothomb creates striking images with very few words, and their arresting quality is not lost in translation.

(Note: The title is Tokyo Fiancée)

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"The concept of freedom has been spoken of so often that from the very first words I want to yawn. The physical experience of freedom, however, is something else all together. You should always hav...more
Alexis
Jan 18, 2014 Alexis rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alexis by: goodreads
Shelves: french
The bulk of this book was more about culture clash than about a relationship, and I very much enjoyed the narrator’s musings on the pitfalls and delights of developing relationships in foreign languages. The problem is that the book reads very much like any 20-year-old’s study abroad journal: there’s a lot of reporting what happened, but no larger theme, no real character development, nothing to tie it together as a story.

Until, of course, the very end, when the narrator’s attempts to draw conc...more
Audrey
Amelie Nothomb is some weird mixture of French and Belgian and Japanese that I still don't quite understand. And my attempts at understanding left me occasionally confused. Despite each of her works being separated memoirs, each of which can supposedly be read not in conjunction with the others, I feel like, if I wanted to better understand this book, I should have read some of her other works, which she constantly referenced, first. She seemed to just assume, in any case, that I knew all of the...more
Yulia
This would have better titled You'll See, what Amelie's boyfriend always replies when she asks what they're going to do when they meet.

Amelie is a Belgian who left Japan at the age of five and has returned at 21 to learn Japanese by teaching French in Tokyo. Rinri is her 20-year-old student, who majors in French in his "train stop" university. It is a well-written, amusing, insightful, and frequently philosophical autobiographical tale, but this is not a love story. Rather, this is a story of te...more
Eliyanna Kaiser
Dear Ms. Nothomb,

Next time you act like a despicable human being and feel guilty about the reprehensible way you have treated someone, spare the lot of us the torture of being subject to your memoir writing.

Just pick up the phone and tell the guy you're sorry.

Sincerely,

Eliyanna

بشرى
J'hésitais entre 4 et 5 étoiles et je me suis décidée en fin de compte d'en donner 5 parce que ça m'a touché...le roman n'a rien d'extraordinaire, mais j'y ai ressenti une sincérité incroyable.
Au début du roman, je lisais sans implication comme on lit une histoire drôle, mais le dernier passage m'a mis les larmes aux yeux...pour expliquer mon état d’âme je ne peux que la citer"Il avait trouvé les mots justes[..]Quand il me parlait d’amour, je m’en fichais parce que ce n’était pas le mot juste. M...more
My Inner Shelf
Amélie Nothomb fait partie des auteurs dont je n’attends pas la version poche, dès la sortie je me rue dessus, tant pis pour le porte-monnaie. Je suis une inconditionnelle de Nothomb. Et ce nouveau livre ne me déçoit pas. Moins violent que Stupeur et tremblement, il nous donne une autre facette du Japon et de la société japonaise. Nothomb nous raconte le versant privé de sa vie à l’époque de son calvaire au sein d’une entreprise japonaise. Elle y rencontre un charmant jeune homme nommé Rinri qui...more
Abbey
I devoured this book. I couldn't get enough. The English translation (thanks Europa Editions!) is called "Tokyo Fiancee" and centers around Amelie's love affair with a fella named Rinri while living & teaching in Japan. This book is just written so beautifully that I couldn't put it down. Amelie is committed to freedom as much as she is committed to Rinri and watching her navigate that tension is simply perfect and beautiful. I underlined nearly every sentence in the last chapter of the book...more
Thurston Hunger
This is my third translation of Nothomb's work. With each book I find her writing more and more closer to the autobiographical bone. The other two stories I read seemed to deal with love in an unorthodox manner (a child in love with another child) and weird office politics (love/hate).

Here is a capture of a seemingly all-too-real relationship, where one loves and the other likes. So, to me there is a bit of strained pain in reading through the passages and plight of their relationship. It almost...more
Elia
This is not my first Nothomb book. For those of you in the same position, this explains a lot. I couldn't wait to embrace the book as soon as I read the first page. At the near end, I simply wanted more. Even though you could not imagine a more satisfying ending, a more consice expression of emotion and never a lack of, you are always fascinated with the author. She manages to be brief enough to let you know that she still has volumes left in her. You never doubt the complexity of her feelings n...more
Timur Aliev
Этот роман – ещё один из серии автобиографических. На этот раз Амели рассказывает о том периоде своей жизни, когда она после окончания университета в Брюсселе отправилась в Японию, страну, где прошло её раннее детство. Там она встретила прекрасного юношу, с которым провела чудесные дни, полные любви. Однако постепенно всё меняется, и героиня оказалась перед сложным выбором: поселиться в сказочном замке, откуда нет выхода, или обрести свободу вместе с жестокой необходимостью сносить все удары суд...more
Nina Rapsodia
Jun 19, 2014 Nina Rapsodia rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo
Recommended to Nina by: Nadie
Shelves: no-propios, 2010
3.5

Por fin, nuestra Amélie ha desembarcado en Japón, más exactamente en enero de 1989 a los 21 años, luego de irse del país a los cinco años. Regresa decidida a aprender japonés y sobre todo a comerse el mundo y convertirse en la reina nipona en un reinado de mil años... tan típico de ella.

Pero antes de que pueda dejar respirar el volante que pone en un supermercado en su intento de enseñar francés para costear su aprendizaje del japonés, un joven se interesa por sus clases. Un delgado, muy timi...more
Fernanda
Por primera vez he sentido una empatía absoluta con Amélie Nothomb. He sentido cada una de sus palabras y me ha provocado una sensación de tranquilidad y emoción leyendo todas ellas.

Es un libro simple, de sus libros autobiográficos definitivamente es mi favorito y los temas que ha abordado (incluyendo la información cultural de Japón) me han prendado de una manera contundente.

Cada vez me gusta más esta autora, no puedes dejar de leer hasta que lo terminas. Los libros de esta mujer sean buenos, m...more
Belinda Lorenzana
- “Hay que reconocer que el francés es un idioma perverso.” (El lenguaje es perverso, no sólo el idioma ni sólo el francés.)

- “El redescubrimiento de un Japón antiguo y silencioso hizo que se me saltaran las lágrimas. Bajo aquel cielo inmensamente azul, los pesados tejados de teja en forma de arco y el aire inmovilizado por el hielo parecían decirme que me habían estado esperando, que me habían echado de menos, que, con mi regreso, volvía a restaurarse el orden del mundo y que mi reinado duraría...more
Jos
In dit autobiografisch werk gaat de schrijfster terug naar haar geboorteland Japan om er zich terug te vestigen. Om aan de kost te komen geeft ze lessen Frans aan Japanners, hierdoor komt ze in aanraking met de knappe en steenrijke Rinri, haar latere geliefde. Hierna beschrijft ze de amoureuze rollercoaster waarin ze terecht komt. Haarfijn beschrijft ze haar gevoelens die heen en weer geslingerd worden tussen de Europese en Japanse cultuur, de herinnering aan haar jeugd in Japan, de tegenstellin...more
Trin
I liked this a lot more than the last Nothomb book I read: it didn’t make me squirm-in-my-seat uncomfortable, for one thing. Fear and Trembling is all about humiliation and degradation and having to work a shitty job for a living; Tokyo Fiancée is about travel and wonder and love—the dark sides of all the above, too, but still, it’s no contest, is it? Nothomb would roll her eyes at me (for a number of reasons), but this book just increased my desire to go to Japan.
Writerlibrarian
This one was a bit disappointing, especially after rereading her previous Japanese inspired book. It has bits and pieces of brilliance but over all it's more a "dialogue de sourds" where Amélie, the narrator does her thing and kinda has a love affair with this very atypical Japanese young man Rinri, who seems interesting but we never get to know him, we know even less at the end of the book, even why he was interested in Amélie. The words and style is gorgeous but they have no substance to make...more
Isidora Urzúa
Te odio Amelie, de verdad.

Empezó tan bien, y luego se volvió un bodrio de autoreferencia insoportable. Que la libertad y que el amor y que la jaula. Este tipo de persona me parece repugnante, y creo que me siento en el derecho de opinar sobre ella porque este asunto es autobiográfico.

Pero el final fue tan hermoso que igual le puse 3 estrellas, que espero Nothomb se las meta por la raja, por mala persona.
Me gustó, pero ahora me hace sentir bien que la haya hecho sufrir tanto esa niña en El Sabot...more
melydia
I have no idea how much of this "highly autobiographical" work is supposed to be true, so I'm going to treat it like a novel. Amelie is a Belgian woman living in Japan in the early 1980s. Rinri, a Japanese man close to her age, comes to her for French lessons, and soon they begin dating. It's clear from the beginning that while Amelie likes Rinri very much, she harbors no romantic feelings for him. His personality is actually not very well defined; he seems to exist mostly in reaction to her ant...more
lynn
Amelie Nothomb is a stitch. She writes a very wry and funny story, of her years in Tokyo and falling in love (or not) with a student there. She wants desperately to embrace Japanese culture, but remains very Belgian to the core. Her bits about Americans were scathingly funny, and told as much about her prickly personality as it did about the Americans she met.
Ali
The inside cover describes this love story as completely unique and unexpected. I thought she had stolen the story from my journal changing only the details of my country of orgin, digs at Americans, and every one knows I would NEVER hike mountains like a norwegian god, but the rest was my love story. Well written, funny, and true, very very true.
Txinnih
Me ha gustado el libro primero porque no me ha hecho pensar, es que estoy de vacaciones, y porque está ambientada en Japón a través de los ojos de una europea, pero no me ha gustado ver sufrir al pobre chico de la novela. No podía evitar que me cayera mal la narradora.
Sub_zero
4/5

Sorprende de esta historia la franqueza, generosidad y capacidad de análisis que demuestra su autora a la hora de escarbar en los más profundos recovecos de sí misma. Amélie Nothomb relata entre las páginas de esta deliciosa novela su experiencia como profesora de francés en territorio nipón y de cómo llegó a encarnar el cliché menos innovador de la historia al enamorarse irremediablemente de un alumno llamado Rinri. 'Ni de Eva ni de Adán' es una novela por donde va desfilando ante nuestra ex...more
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BaiLing
A romance happened between a French girl (Amelie herself) and a Japanese rich boy.
Just feel she's taking an advantage of him all the way but she never feels sorry about it. It sucks.
Juliet
What am I missing here? I found this "novel" so fatuous and self-congratulatory I wasn't sure what the author's intention was besides celebrating how quirky she finds herself.
Gergana
Не знам защо, но Амели е очарователна!
Обожавам тази книга!
Kate
I usually read Nothomb because this Belgian writes in a straightforward, easy-to-read French. I can toss a lightweight Livre de Poche in my bag in the morning and know that however tired I am 12 hours later, if I feel like grabbing a drink and reading, I won't be too tired or brain-fried for her. And since she's published roughly 22 books in 22 years, I'm unlikely to run out of Nothomb novels anytime soon.

All those things are positives for me. My French friends are another story. Unanimously, am...more
Natali.D (BookCupid)
OMG! What an ending!

When Amelie starts tutoring Rinri she never imagined falling into a relationship with him. He picks her up in his white car, cooks for her, introduces her to his family and friends, calls her constantly... but once the marriage proposal is out in the open, Amelie needs to think clearly. What exactly does SHE do for Rinri?

Sadly, as an outsider, there always seems to be one person who loves more in every relationship. This book may not seem fair, but it is an eye opener. As al...more
alana
Cette année j’essaie d’écrire quelque chose pour chaque livre que je lis. Parce que j’ai lu Ni d'Ève ni d'Adam en français, j’écris en français maintenant, mais je m’excuse d'avance pour toutes ces fautes de la grammaire, etc.

J’ai découvert Stupeur et tremblements d’Amélie Nothomb en 2006 avant de déménager au Japon. Bien qu’elle décrit le monde des hommes d’affaires, j’avais un peu peur de la société japonaise en général. Après quelques années au Japon, j’ai épousé un homme d’affaires moi-mêm...more
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Amélie Nothomb was born in Kobe, Japan to Belgian diplomats. She lived there until she was five years old, and then subsequently lived in China, New York, Bangladesh, Burma, a stint in Coventry and Laos.

She is from a distinguished Belgian political family; she is notably the grand-niece of Charles-Ferdinand Nothomb, a Belgian foreign minister (1980-1981). Her first novel, Hygiène de l'assassin, wa...more
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“Je l'aimais beaucoup. On ne peut pas dire cela à son amoureux. Dommage. De ma part, l'aimer beaucoup, c'était beaucoup. Il me rendait heureuse. J'étais toujours joyeuse de le voir. J'avais pour lui de l'amitié, de la tendresse. Quand il n'était pas là, il ne me manquait pas. Telle était l'équation de mon sentiment pour lui et je trouvais cette histoire merveilleuse. C'est pourquoi je redoutais des déclarations qui eussent exigés une réponse ou, pire, une réciprocité.” 4 likes
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