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Living Carelessly in Tokyo and Elsewhere by John Nathan
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Dec 21, 2008

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Many people have commented that they didn't like this book because of John Nathan's ego. I found that the most fascinating thing about the book, about how this guy is ruthlessly criticizing himself and his decisions, trying as much as possibly to view his younger self clearly, to say point blank how his own arrogance may have tripped up his entire life.

Filled with anecdotes to thrill total Japan geeks (inside gossip on Japanese literary and arts world of the 60s and 70s, ooh!), but basically just a hodgepodge of stories without any real narrative arc or particular flair for language.

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