Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Wayfarer” as Want to Read:
Wayfarer
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Preview

Wayfarer

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  89 ratings  ·  5 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)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Wayfarer, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Wayfarer

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 220)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Gertrude & Victoria
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
...more
David Haws
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
...more
Jeffrey Stalk
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
Vind
Estructurado de forma poco convencional. Me gustó mucho la prosa delicada y la descripción del mundo y personajes en crisis.
Bruce
This was well written but awkwardly constructed.
Tanzia
Tanzia marked it as to-read
Apr 17, 2015
Aida
Aida marked it as to-read
Apr 09, 2015
Egaeus
Egaeus marked it as to-read
Mar 27, 2015
Cláudia Costa
Cláudia Costa marked it as to-read
Mar 21, 2015
Fer Özgüler
Fer Özgüler marked it as to-read
Mar 09, 2015
Charlotte
Charlotte marked it as to-read
Mar 05, 2015
Becky
Becky marked it as to-read
Mar 01, 2015
Courtney
Courtney marked it as to-read
Feb 28, 2015
Iain
Iain marked it as to-read
Feb 24, 2015
Chaos
Chaos marked it as to-read
Feb 23, 2015
Carla
Carla is currently reading it
Feb 13, 2015
Bill Johnston
Bill Johnston marked it as to-read
Feb 12, 2015
Scoutaccount
Scoutaccount marked it as to-read
Feb 06, 2015
Kaitlynn Fix
Kaitlynn Fix marked it as to-read
Feb 05, 2015
Gerry
Gerry added it
Jan 31, 2015
Alex Hammel
Alex Hammel marked it as to-read
Jan 12, 2015
Bhiri
Bhiri marked it as to-read
Jan 11, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • A Dark Night's Passing (Japan's Modern Writers)
  • Crackling Mountain and Other Stories
  • Kinshu: Autumn Brocade
  • When I Whistle
  • First Snow on Fuji
  • Vita Sexualis
  • Some Prefer Nettles
  • Supermarket
  • Japanese Nō Dramas
  • The Broken Commandment
  • Inter Ice Age 4
  • Black Rain
  • The Hunting Gun
  • Acts of Worship: Seven Stories
Kokoro I Am a Cat Botchan Sanshirō The Three-Cornered World

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »