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Wayfarer

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  119 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
A strange relationship develops between Ichiro, his wife Onao, and his brother Jiro as a result of Ichiro's and Onao's incompatibility.
Paperback, 326 pages
Published August 5th 1982 by Perigee Trade (first published 1912)
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Cecilia
3,5 No sé qué nota ponerle, la verdad. Hay pasajes que me han parecido excepcionales y otros bastantes aburridos. Es una forma muy distinta de narrar y la forma que tienen los japoneses de ver la vida es radicalmente distinta a la nuestra, algo que dificulta de manera extraordinaria la compresión de los caracteres de los personajes. Es una lectura interesante. Quería saber cómo escribía el que se considera el maestro de Murakami. Sin embargo, no sé si tendré fuerzas para encarar otro libro suyo.
Michael
Jan 14, 2017 Michael rated it really liked it
It SEEMS uneventful, but readers who persevere will be rewarded by some fine set-pieces--awkward family situations, emotional outbursts (and emotions repressed at great cost). I enjoyed reading quickly through this book, the second Soseki of the year so far for me. Have a few more to go. Next on my list is "THE MINER" translated by Jay Rubin.
Jessica
Dec 26, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"These sightless eyes do not give me much pain; what is most painful is to know that with both eyes wide-open it's still impossible to fathom another person's intentions."
Leslie
[Review in English followed by review in French]
[Critique en anglais suivie de critique en français]

This isn't the best Sôseki I've read but it was for sure an enjoyable reading. It's the kind of book where absolutely nothing happens. Basically we follow the life of a family, and particularly the relationship between the two brothers Jirô and Ichirô. There is no action, even though the main character travels a lot as the title says. This book is rather about describing the qualms and the psychol
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Cynthia
Sep 19, 2015 Cynthia rated it liked it
Mucho me temo que jamás he sabido apreciar la literatura japonesa. ¿Se trata de una diferencia cultural, o de una limitación en mi capacidad intelectual? Bueno, ¿por qué no ambas? Cualquiera que sea el motivo, El caminante (1912) de Soseki Natsume, con sus 300 páginas, me resultó una novela demasiado larga.

En realidad, nunca sucede nada en El caminante; no se trata de trama, sino de desarrollo de personajes. La novela se limita a relatar las complicadas relaciones entre Jiro, Ichiro (ambos herma
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Gertrude & Victoria
Feb 04, 2009 Gertrude & Victoria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: japanese-library
If there exists one work in modern Japanese literature that creates a profound psychological tension that forces us to genuinely contemplate our relations to family and acquaintances, The Wayfarer is such a book. Like Soseki's most acclaimed novel, Kokoro, this work leaves you digging your nails into the table and breathing hard, as you move from page to page.

This novel, titled 'The Wayfarer' tells the story of Ichiro (not the baseball player) who is caught up in an unenviable position between h
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Stephen
May 19, 2015 Stephen rated it it was amazing
This is the most tedious of all the Soseki novels I have read, as it focuses on its inferior characters for most of its pages and only turns to its most interesting within the final 50 (in, like 'Kokoro,' the form of an insanely long letter I doubt anyone, even in 1913, could ever possibly compose). It's necessary for the novel to take this form, however, and being initially serialised, how it would read once all in one place may not have been taken into consideration. I award it the highest rat ...more
David Haws
Jan 19, 2012 David Haws rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japanese-fiction
The last section drags a little (a common feature with epistolary narratives) but it’s probably also the most important part of the book.

Sometimes I get the sense that Japanese families don’t care much for each other (嫁—義 理の母; 父—うちの子; 兄—弟; 夫—妻). Does an imposed hierarchy make us untouchable? Apparently, it doesn’t make us want to be untouchable. Loneliness is such a pervasive theme in Japanese fiction, why don’t they just get rid of the hierarchy? Is it the only thing that holds their families
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Jeffrey Stalk
Dec 24, 2013 Jeffrey Stalk rated it it was ok
This book is a classic of Japanese literature, written in 1912/13. Soseki spent a number of years in England and wrote the Wayfarer as a serial for a newspaper. However, unlike the serials of Charles Dickens with lots of characters, dark secrets, conspiracies, crimes, etc., which Soseki must have read while in England, nothing much happens in Soseki's serial. The Wayfarer is about a self-obsessed university lecturer who worries his brother, wife, parents, and others, with his dark moods. Soseki ...more
Carla
Feb 13, 2015 Carla rated it really liked it
Souseki sabe cómo utilizar un lenguaje y estructuras simples, en apariencia, para expresar ideas que se alejan de lo mundano. La angustia existencial del personaje Ichiro, su grito desesperado pidiendo ayuda, su inconformidad con lo convencional y terrenal no necesita de palabras rimbombantes, oraciones rebuscadas, personajes estrafalarios o de una trama compleja para que podamos sentirla en toda su profundidad. Una novela muy 'zen'.
Vind
Feb 01, 2015 Vind rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Estructurado de forma poco convencional. Me gustó mucho la prosa delicada y la descripción del mundo y personajes en crisis.
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“Your brother is a sensitive person. Aesthetically, ethically, and intellectually he is in fact hypersensitive. As a result, it would seem that he was born only to torture himself. He has none of that saving dullness of intelligence which sees little difference between A and B. To him it must be either A or B. And if it is to be A, its shape, degree, and shade of color must precisely match his own conception of it; otherwise he will not accept it. Your brother, being sensitive, is all his life walking on a line he has chosen—a line as precarious as a tight rope. At the same time he impatiently demands that others also tread an equally precarious rope, without missing their footing. It would be a mistake, though, to think that this stems from selfishness. Imagine a world which could react exactly the way your brother expects; that world would undoubtedly be far more advanced than the world as it is now. Consequently, he detests the world which is—aesthetically, intellectually, and ethically—not as advanced as he is himself. That's why it's different from mere selfishness, I think.” 1 likes
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