Next time you act like a despicable human being and feel guilty about the reprehensible way you have treated someone, spare the lot of us the torture of being subject to your memoir writing.
Just pick up the phone and tell the guy you're sorry.
(Note: The title is Tokyo Fiancée)
"The concept of freedom has been spoken of so often that from the very first words I want to yawn. The physical experience of freedom, however, is something else all together. You should always hav ...more
Until, of course, the very end, when the narrator’s attempts to draw conc ...more
Here is a capture of a seemingly all-too-real relationship, where one loves and the other likes. So, to me there is a bit of strained pain in reading through the passages and plight of their relationship. It almost ...more
Amelie is a Belgian who left Japan at the age of five and has returned at 21 to learn Japanese by teaching French in Tokyo. Rinri is her 20-year-old student, who majors in French in his "train stop" university. It is a well-written, amusing, insightful, and frequently philosophical autobiographical tale, but this is not a love story. Rather, this is a story of te ...more
Basically, it's a story about a 22 year old woman, who returns to Japan where she was born, after spending the biggest part of her life in Belgium. In Tokyo Amélie meets Rinri, a guy who helps her get reaccuainted with the country, it's l...more
In me, it developed a greater curiosity for Japan and the beauty that she sees in such an interesting, and traditional country.
I can't say I am a fan of her attitude/morals at the end; the way she understood that Rinri would respond like a gentleman ...more
But. What a pedant! Amelie loves herself and wants you to know it. She is an edgy child whose first memory of music was Liszt and who s ...more
The relationship story is entertaining, and rather unusual. We see different approaches by partners of different cultures: fun vs. commitment. Or perhaps the difference is not cultural, but simply human, b ...more
The whole book is her expressing her "love" to Japan but this love never goes further than considering it as that weird and incomprehensible yet appealing culture and never makes an effort to see them as actual human beings. She constantly mocks their people while showing a weird obssesion with being "a real japanese", apparently much more worthy of the title than any other actual japanese person. All of this is obviously more evident in her relationship with Rinri; she stat ...more
Typical for the author, the book is quite funny and insightful. It was especially amusing to read about a woman's adventures trying to relearn her childhood language (in this case Japanese) while I, myself, was doing the same (in this case French).
And language plays a h ...more
She is from a distinguished Belgian political fa ...more