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Inhabitation

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A living lizard nailed to a pillar and a young man bound by a family misfortune––a tale that poses questions about life, death, and karma by one of Japan’s most beloved living writers.

In 1970s Osaka, college student Tetsuyuki moves into a shabby apartment to evade his late father’s creditors. But the apartment’s electricity hasn’t been reconnected yet, and Tetsuyuki spends
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Counterpoint Press (first published December 1st 1984)
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Andrew
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Tetsuyuki's life is filled with misfortune; his late father's debt has him and his mother hiding separately from seedy collectors. His girlfriend, Yoko, is too good for him. He's a full time student and a part time bellboy. However, Tetsuyuki's journey truly begins the night he accidentally nails a lizard to the wall of his new apartment-- and it lives. His annoyance turns to fondness, naming it Kin-chan, who feels like his only true companion. Philosophical, dramatic, and turbulent, ...more
Rami Hamze
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
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Tetsuyuki is an Osaka college student burdened with family debt and baggage. moving to a shabby apartment he accidentally nails a lizard to the wall during electricity cut off.

should he pull the nail out and risk the lizard bleeding to death? or just wait until it dies of starvation?

As the plot carries on with the events, relations and life problems, the reader realises that we are all that Lizard, pinned down to a wall by heavy burdens; we know how to get rid of them but afraid to take action
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Arya Oveissi
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a terrific read. I had never read a Miyamoto novel prior to this, but I am now excited to dive deeper into his literary catalog. “Inhabitation” is book full of raw and relatable emotion. The relationships between characters seemed so real and honest that it was easy to find ways to relate to what they were going through. Miyamoto does an excellent job articulating the importance of reflecting on life, death, and the thin line that separates the two. This book is also incredibly ...more
David Velasco
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Finished in a day and enjoyed it immensely. While Tetsuyuki is not the most lovable protagonist you could hope for, his story rings truthful and humble. Using a seemingly unimportant event as a catalyst for the rest of the story, Miyamoto captures a mixture of anxiety, reality, and dream-like passages in a way that feels so natural. Really excellent slice of life writing that will likely appeal to fans of similar Japanese literature.
Silva Ruth
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved the breezy mood of this book, which made it enjoyable and easy to read despite its underlying complexity. I really enjoyed the Buddhist themes and discussions but found that they didn’t take over the novel at all, but rather harmonized with it perfectly. Highly recommend.
Tenma
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: japan
By far, one of the best novels that I have ever read. Miyamoto is truly a master of literary realism.
Jack McBride
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book.
Irina
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it and this alone should make you wanna read it.

“ Before there can be any effect, there has to be a cause. That’s the basis of physics, isn’t it? Is there a single effect in this universe that doesn’t have a cause? Does a tree grow where there’s no seed? Does a nail all by itself pierce a lizard’s back? It’s because everything in this world has a cause that there are effects.
Why are we humans born into this life with differences from each other? There must be some cause for that, too. So
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蔡欣怡
”宮本輝“!由文伶推薦起,一本一本惜著讀.從吶喊不出聲音的失語,到“春之夢”就更具像了.對!就像那被釘在柱子上的蜥蜴.
心始終被掐著,也或許就像我們身上隱然的一些釘子.
釘住了,卻不能貿然拔起,否則恐有臟腑俱裂之險.
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Teru Miyamoto (宮本 輝), born Masahito Miyamoto (宮本 正仁), is a Japanese author. He graduated from Otemon Gakuin University with a degree in literature in 1970.

1977 Dazai Osamu Prize for Mud River (Doro no Kawa)
1978 Akutagawa Prize for Firefly River (Hotarugawa)
1987 Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for Literature for Yu-Shun
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