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The setting is Japan's deep south, where the author himself spent some time teaching English in a boys' school. Into this conservative world, with its social proprieties and established pecking order, breezes Botchan, down from the big city, with scant respect for either his elders or his noisy young charges; and the result is a chain of collisions large and small. Here, i ...more
Paperback, 179 pages
Published 1988 by Editura Univers (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
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
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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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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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
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.. :)
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
Ryan
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-Mălina Chirilă
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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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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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.
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
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asian-lit, humor, fiction
Faculty politics is nasty and brutish. Natsume Sōseki also shows us that it can be funny. A young graduate is sent to a country town in southern Japan and finds himself in a middle school where the faculty politics is unrelenting and devastating. The book Botchan is Japanese for "young master."

Though he lasts scarcely a month, he manages to wreak revenge on "Red Shirt" and "Clown" in a satisfying way, which I will not describe here for fear of ging away the plot.

This is a quick read and a well-
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Endah
Apr 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beberapa alasanku memutuskan untuk membaca novel ini:

1.Desain kovernya.
Ini sesuatu yang langka, sebab aku nyaris tidak pernah menilai buku dari sampulnya. Selama ini, aku termasuk orang yang cukup setia mengamalkan ungkapan “Don’t judge the book by its cover”. Biasanya, pertimbangan utamaku dalam membeli atau membaca buku adalah nama pengarangnya. Baru kemudian penerbitnya dan penerjemahnya jika itu merupakan karya fiksi terjemahan. Namun, untuk kali ini aku terpaksa melanggar keyakinanku sendir
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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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Sundos
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"تعدُّ من النّماذج الكلاسيكية في هذا النوع الكتابي، على غرار رواية «الحارس في حقل الشوفان»"
الجملة التي دعتني إلى قراءة الرواية.
Ratih
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
dua jempol.
keren.
a must-read.
Rachel
Botchan is the nickname of the otherwise unnamed narrator, a young man who leaves Tokyo to teach math at a middle school in a country town in the south of Japan. He has no particular interest in teaching, but he has nothing better to do so he accepts the job when offered. Botchan the novel is considered the most widely-read of all Japan's modern novels and Botchan the character is often compared to Holden Caulfield, but I find the comparison inapt since Holden was an obnoxious creep who thought ...more
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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Esraa
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في مجتمع وثقافة وأدب يُهيمن عليها الإذعان لكلّ أشكال السلطة و تبقي فيها الصيغة الغير مباشرة الوسيلة الفُضلي أو علي الأقلّ الوحيدة المقبولةة للتّعبير عن الخواطر والمشاعر ، يأتي بوتشان (المعلم الصغير) ليتحدّي دون أي تردّد أو أسف كلّ قيود الحياة العائلية وعادات النظام المدرسي ، ولا يتواني في كشف أي إدعاءات ودسائس ، الكبري منها والصّغري ، كائنًا من كان الذي يقف خلفها !
ولا شك أن هذا كان لهُ وقع قوي في نفسي ..
كُل سطر في هذة الرواية لا بُد أن يتركـ في نفسك شيئاً ؛ ولو بسيط .

كان لنبرة سوسيكي الصّريحة
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Shoroug
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لا أعرف ماذا أقول ؟ لشخص قرأ كوكورو و توقع شيئاً مشابهاً في بوتشان فقد تفاجئت بقدرة ناتسومي على خلقِ عملين متناقضين ومختلفين في نواحِ عدة ، أحببت الأول كثيراً و أعجبني الثاني لبساطته ، التفاصيل الصغيرة و السرد الممتع جعلا تسلل الملل إليّ مستحيلاً ، الحكاية ببساطة عن الـ "بوتشان" الذي ما إن حصل على شهادته الجامعية في طوكيو حتى عُرِض عليه العمل كمعلم رياضيات في منطقة بعيداً جداً عن عاصمته التي يقدسها ، وهناك نتابع حياته ومواقفه مع السكان و الطلاب و طاقم المدرسة الذين لا يبدوا أن أياً منهم قد حظي ب ...more
Nada
منذ فترةوأنا أرغب بقراءتها خاصة أنها من الأدب الياباني وهو الأدب الذي لم تكن لي تجربة كبيرة معه فأنا حديثة عهد به ... لكن الرواية أسرتني منذ بداياتها وأحببت روح بوتشان الساخرة وتعليقاته المتهكمه
لا أزال في بدايتها لكنني أعتقد بأنني لن أستغرق وقتاً طويلا لإنهائها ^.*
وكما توقعت أنهيتها خلال يوم واحد فقط على دفعتين تقريباً
لقد أعجبت كثيرا بأسلوب ناتسومي البسيط ، العفوي والساخر فلم يكن هناك تكلف في العبارات ولا إسهاب في الوصف لحد الملل ...
كانت عباراته المليئة بالتهكم والتمرد تضحكني كثيراً وتذكرني بن
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“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.” 40 likes
“إن كان الصدق والبساطة يجعلان المرء عرضة للاستهزاء، فهذا يعني أنه لم يعد هناك أمل في هذا العالم” 19 likes
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