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Wayfarer

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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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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
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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
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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.
Carla
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'.
Bruce
This was well written but awkwardly constructed.
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