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Written in 1904 by Soseki Natsume, the foremost novelist of the Meiji period, Botchan is the story of a simple, honest, and direct young man from Tokyo who teaches high school in the provinces.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 15th 1989 by Tuttle Publishing (first published 1906)
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Jeffrey Keeten
”Now that I thought about it, though, I realized that most people actually encourage you to turn bad. They seem to think that if you don't, you'll never get anywhere in the world. And then on those rare occasions when they encounter somebody who's honest and pure-hearted, they look down on him and say he's nothing but a kid, a Botchan. If that's the way it is, it would be better if they didn't have those ethics classes in elementary school and middle school where the teacher is always telling yo ...more
Magrat Ajostiernos
RESEÑA completa

PURA DIVERSIÓN.
Si no habéis leído nada de Soseki empezad por 'Botchan' y no os arrepentiréis.
Es una lectura ligera pero llena de chispa que satiriza la experiencia de un joven profesor dando clase en una pequeña ciudad de provincias.
Me lo he pasado genial. Super recomendado!!!
Ya van 3 libros que leo de Soseki y está claro que seguiré con él ♥
mai ahmd
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
لا أدري إن كان هناك تأثير لسالينجر ولكن تلك الروح المتمردة وجدتها حاضرة بشكل كبير الروح الساخطة واللسان السليط في الرواية التي أسرت الشباب ومراهقي ذلك العصر شخصية هولدن في الحارس في حقل الشوفان كانت قريبة وهذا الأمر يتكرر في هذه الرواية لتكون بوتشان الرواية الأكثر شعبية في اليابان ، التمرد رمز للبطولة ونكران السائد جاء ساسكي ليقدم هذا النموذج الساخط المتعالي على النظام الذي يسير برتابة مغلفا بسواد فاضح
بوتشان لقب أطلقته المربية على الشاب الذي أحبته أكثر من أي شيء آخر هذا اللقب له مدلولات عديدة ش
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
This was a somewhat strange deviation from a lot of the Japanese Lit I've read. This is particularly interesting given the time period which this was released, as most of the literature-literature (that is to say, Fiction Novels as opposed to fairy tales, poetry, religious/spiritual/political manifestos, etc) which I have read have been, for the most part, from decades after the release of Botchan. Originally published in the early 20th Century, it goes without saying that this novel came from a ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
Botchan is like Japan's Tom Sawyer. It is read by schoolchildren across the country and has been the subject of innumerable TV sketches and parodies ever since Soseki wrote it early in the 20th Century. It is a coming-of-age story ripe with sarcasm and very entertaining to read. There is also a comic book version (or more). It is an early masterpiece of Soseki that does not have the depth of I Am A Cat but yet has the power of his prose to make a lasting impression and - since it is long before ...more
John Velo
Short review: it's a Japanese Catcher in the Rye

Japanese literature has been one of the first genres I remember reading and loving — I fell in love with books when I read my first Murakami. Since then, I have ventured and looked for other Japanese authors and have found some that have appealed to me. This is my first Natsume Soseki novel, but sad to say, I am not overly impressed by it as I first thought I would be.

Botchan (or "boy master") tells us of a coming of age story of a mischievous boy
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Edward
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Introduction

--Botchan
Yousra

ثالث قراءة لي في الأدب الياباني ... وقد قرأت من قبل القصة القصيرة ثم الرواية الطويلة جدا وتلاهما هذه الرواية الكلاسيكية التي وجدتها متميزة وإن كانت لي بعض الملاحظات عن تشتت أصابني نتيجة الحديث عن فنون ورقصات محلية وعادات وتقاليد لست ملمة بها

في التعريف بالرواية وفي النبذة على الغلاف هناك ذلك التشبيه برواية ج. د. سالينجر الشهيرة "الحارس في حقل الشوفان" ... وهذه الملحوظة ظالمة ... لأنك لو كنت اعجبت بشدة برواية سالينجر فقد تصاب بخيبة أمل عند قراءة "بوتشان" وإن لم تعجبك "الحارس في حقل الشوفان" فقد تع
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Annie♡
No haré una reseña, pero como siempre dejo una cita, aquí está:
"Educar no es sólo impartir conocimientos. Educar es también forjar caracteres nobles, rectos y con fuertes principios, en los que no cabe la vulgaridad, la superficialidad y la arrogancia."
Hulyacln
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Çocukluğumdan beri tam bir kaybedendim.” cümlesiyle başlıyor Küçük Bey. Kendisinden umudunu kesen ailesini zamansız yitiren,bir yere tutunmaktan çekinen; en sonunda çareyi öğretmen olmakta bulan biri dadısının Botchan’ı.
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Öğretmen olarak gittiği ilk yerde işler biraz karışıyor. Ne öğrenciler ne de öğretmenler kabulleniyor ‘yeni gelen’i.Bu süreç boyunca yeni öğretmenin aklında ise sadece Kiyo var. Fedakar ve ona güvenen tek kişi olan dadısı..
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Sōseki gündelik olanı anlatıyor gibi göründüğünde; sa
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Abdyka Wirmon
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shocking, fiction
Sungguh.

Saya hidup kembali.

Telah lama saya merindukan sebuah bacaan seperti ini. sungguh. ini seperti bertemu kembali dengan kekasih yang telah lama terpisahkan. oh betapa melegakannya. sungguh.

Jauh sebelum membaca buku ini, saya telah sadar dan yakin kalau Soseki Nasume akan membuat saya masuk dan terlempar kedalam karyanya. dan ini terbukti langsung lewat buku ini. jika boleh beranalogi, membaca Botchan ini seperti menaiki pesawat jet melintasi khatulistiwa di sore hari yang cerah. yang arti
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Vonia
This is lauded as the Japanese "Catcher in the Rye". I agree with this assessment. I have been trying to decide which one I hated less. Hated might be a strong word. Nevertheless, like the character of Holden Caufield, Botchan is very candid, naïve, and narrates with a "fuckall" flair. From what I remember, Botchan seems a lot more close minded and discriminative, as opposed to Holden's lack of intelligence and mental problems. Holden is more against society in general, whereas Botchan has a mor ...more
Jim Fonseca
This book from 1906, translated from the Japanese, is kind of a “Tom Brown at Oxford” set in Japan, and, in fact, the author did attend British schools, so maybe that’s where he got the idea for the book. A young man from Tokyo finds a job as a math teacher in a boys’ school out in the boondocks. He is a complete and total (insert your favorite anatomical word here). He is arrogant, looks down on the villagers, finds fault with everyone, talks down to his servants and landlords, can’t make frien ...more
Katie Lumsden
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one - a bit odd, but very funny! It's a kind of coming of age story, looking at a young man from Tokyo dealing with the gossipy strange world of a small town when he moves there to be a teacher. It kind of reminds me of Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh.
Dr Osama
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية بوتشان للأديب الياباني ناتسومي سوسيكي أحد عمالقة الأدب الياباني. كتبها في بداية القرن العشرين. بدأ بطل الرواية بوتشان حياته ولد مشاغب كثير المشاكل والحماقات، بعد وفاة والديه يدرس الرياضيات في إحدى المعاهد التقنية ثم يعمل مدرسا للرياضيات في قرية بعيدة عن طوكيو. يتعرض بوتشان لكثير من المتاعب والمقالب والمؤامرات والدسائس من الطلاب والمعلمين ويشعر بالملل من حياة أهل القرية وطباعهم التي تختلف عما اعتاد عليه في المدينة. الرواية في معظمها تحليل لشخصيات المعلمين زملاء بوتشان وتحليل كذلك لنفسيته بم ...more
Dave
Nov 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very funny especially if you have ever been a teacher. It kind of reminds me of the trials and tribulations of Torgodevil in Korea (especially in the beginning). The novel details all the stupid politics and rivalries between teachers and the administration not to mention the students themselves, who are spoiled and unruly. The narrator is also interesting in that he is from Tokyo and looks down upon the small town as provincial and unsophisticated.
Though you can identify with him, the main cha
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Fatema Hassan , bahrain


ميزة السرد الياباني سلاسته و إيصاله الفكرة بشكل مباشر و صريح ( بدون كلاكيع ) بحيث تمضي قدمًا بأمان فلا حاجة للتأتأة بين السطور و لن تتقهقر صفحة واحدة لتستعيد ثقتك بكمال فهم حدث ما .. ف قد بأمان !،،

بوتشان ( المعلم الصغير ) لقب تطلقه كيو خادمة العائلة على البطل حيث الألقاب لها مفعول السحر فهي بوابة الشخوص السرية ، كيو هي الوحيدة التي تتوسم فيه الخير وترى نجاحه المستقبلي الوشيك حين يكون هو أول المشككين فيه ، ولد فضولي أرعن منقاد للتلصص على ملذات الحياة و عجائبها عنيد النشأة ، بعد وفاة والديه يتقرر
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Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
This translation has such an engaging voice - in-your-face, unapologetic, a little given to posturing but largely honest and down-to-earth. That sums up the narrator as well. He's a young man who is inclined to be tactless and rash. He has no especially strong ties except to a lady who works for his family as a servant and emerges as a kind of mother figure.

Botchan wanders into a career as a teacher in a provincial school and comes face to face with treachery, hypocrisy and the complexities of
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Praj
Mar 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ns, にほん
Botchan's story of his life as a middle-school teacher in the Japanese countryside is simple and entertaining.Botchan a complete stranger to compliments and praises in his childhood grows to be a loner with a 'I don't care' attitude.He gets confused or rather angry with the subtle manipulations he experiences later in life. The only emotional attachment he has and loves is that with his childhood maid Kiyo, who never stops from showering motherly love and praises on him.
The writings concentrat
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Raghda Elwakil
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: foreign-novels
رائعة بوتشان..
أعشق الاسلوب الساخر في الروايات.. D:

الرواية بتحكي حياة مدرس رياضيات مشاغب في الريف.. :)
Pau
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2/5

Con lo que me costó terminar este libro la verdad es que casi ni me quedan ganas de hacer la reseña, pero bueno ahí vamos.

Yo leí Kokoro, del mismo autor, hace dos años si no recuerdo mal. Kokoro se fue directamente a mi lista de favoritos del mundo mundial. Me enamoré de él desde la primera página y creí haber descubierto a un nuevo autor favorito. Además de la historia en sí y los personajes, el estilo de Natsume Sōseki tuvo mucho que ver en mi fascinación con esa historia.

Y aquí me tenéis,
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Darryl
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Botchan was written by Soseki in 1905, and it is widely considered to be one of the most important works of Japanese literature, as it was one of the first modern works that touches on the conflict between traditional values and beliefs found in remote Japanese villages, and the influence of the West and a modern society in a major city such as Tokyo.

The narrator is a young man of slight build but feisty spirit who has recently graduated from university with a degree in physics, who has been hir
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Sinta Nisfuanna
Kondisiku terjepit, tak bisa memikirkan jalan keluar, tapi aku tidak akan dikalahkan. Alasan kenapa aku tidak punya solusi adalah karena aku terlalu jujur. Tapi cobalah pikir. Kalau orang jujur tidak bisa menang di dunia ini, siapa lagi yang bisa? h. 72

Awalnya saya berpikir Botchan orang yang selalu berpikiran negatif. Kerjanya marah-marah dan menuduh sana sini. Tapi, semakin ke belakang , tertangkap gambaran karakter Botchan yang selalu blak-blakan dan membenci ketidakadilan, bahkan berani meno
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Rise
Botchan (1906) is a comic novel whose enduring appeal continues to entertain generations of Japanese readers. It's main character is a newly graduated Tokyo-bred young man sent to teach mathematics at middle school in an out of the way locality. As a young boy, Botchan, as he was fondly called by the household help Kiyo, is destined to be the black sheep of the family. His relationship with his father and brother is civil at best. Kiyo is the only one who was patient with him and who believed he ...more
Roxana Chirilă
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some time ago, when I was a student, we had to read Soseki's "Botchan" for Japanese Literature. Now, I wasn't amazingly rich, nor was it exceptionally available in second hand bookshops (you could forget buying a new copy), so I turned to Google and searched for a free copy.

That's how I found Matt Treyvaud's translation, which was free at the time - he'd translated it in a month (NaNoWriMo style, but instead of writing a novel, he translated one), while mostly drunk. And it was a riot: bad langu
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Luis
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¡Fantástico! Botchan (en japonés "niño mimado") que algunos llaman "El guardián entre el centeno" japonés, describe la historia de un joven graduado universitario que acepta un puesto de profesor en un colegio de una provincia rural que dista mucho del Tokio que está acostumbrado. Nada más llegar la clase le hará la vida imposible al profesor nuevo, pero es que el resto de profesores (cada uno con su mote) también van a dar juego...
Tengo que decir que con este libro me he reído demasiado. Leyénd
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Alexander
Jul 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This novella was neither thought-provoking nor entertaining. My lack of enjoyment, in some part, may have been due to the fact that it's a satire of a specific social order that I'm not familiar with -- but the bulk of the problem lay in the book's over-simplicity.

The intrigues between the 2-dimensional characters (that make up the bulk of the story) are trite, dramaless and inspire no emotional reaction from the reader. Each of the faculty members has one or two personal qualities and does not
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Jiwa Rasa
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku yang diterjemahkan ke bahasa Inggeris pada tahun 1922 ini bagaikan buki yang baru sahaja terbit. Gaya bahasanya yang menarik dan kritik sosial masyarakat Jepun di masa itu bagaikan membaca tentang masyarakat Melayu sekarang. Tak hairan buku ini masih popular di Jepun setelah sekian lama.
Dawn Breeze
رواية جميلة تتحدث عن عدة محاور: منها معاناة المعلمين، و نمط حياة أهل القرى.

بطل الرواية شاب في أول العشرين، طائش و سريع الغضب، لديه حس عال بالكرامة والنزاهة، ينتقل للتدريس في قرية صغيرة، فيعيش نقلة اجتماعية تسبب له العديد من المشاكل.
Ari
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Natsume Sōseki (夏目 漱石, February 9, 1867 – December 9, 1916), born Natsume Kinnosuke (夏目 金之助), was a Japanese novelist. He is best known for his novels Kokoro, Botchan, I Am a Cat and his unfinished work Light and Darkness. He was also a scholar of British literature and composer of haiku, kanshi, and fairy tales. From 1984 until 2004, his portrait appeared on the front of the Japanese 1000 yen not ...more
“Now that I thought about it, though, I realized that most people actually encourage you to turn bad. They seem to think that if you don't, you'll never get anywhere in the world. And then on those rare occasions when they encounter somebody who's honest and pure-hearted, they look down on him and say he's nothing but a kid, a Botchan. If that's the way it is, it would be better if they didn't have those ethics classes in elementary school and middle school where the teacher is always telling you to be honest and not lie. The schools might as well just go ahead and teach you how to tell lies, how to mistrust everybody, and how to take advantage of people. Wouldn't their students, and the world at large, be better off that way? Redshirt had laughed at me for being simpleminded. If people are going to get laughed at for being simpleminded and sincere, there's no hope. Kiyo never laughed at me for saying anything like what I said to Redshirt. She would have been deeply impressed by it. Compared to Redshirt, she's far and away the superior person.” 49 likes
“إن كان الصدق والبساطة يجعلان المرء عرضة للاستهزاء، فهذا يعني أنه لم يعد هناك أمل في هذا العالم” 20 likes
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