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Inside My Glass Doors

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Originally published as Garusudo no Uchi in daily serialization in the Asahi newspaper in 1915, before appearing in book form, this is the first time Inside My Glass Doors has been published in English. It is a moving literary reminiscence, a collection of thirty-nine autobiographical essays penned a year before the author's death. Written in the genre of shohin (little ...more
Paperback, 117 pages
Published 2002 by Tuttle Publishing (first published 1915)
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Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This book is one of the long-awaited works by Soseki Natsume ( for me since from its title it could be a sort of fiction but it's a wrong guess. In fact, it's a collection of 39 autobiographical essays written between January 13th to February 23rd, 1915 before his passing a year later. Taken them as episodes should be a delight to his fans since we can see how he could cope with various situations as a matter of fact/course tinged with his sense
Lou Last
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non
A YOUNG WOMAN who had been introduced into my study asked me the following question: "I cannot manage to get my life in order. What ought I to do?"
She lodged with a relative. It was a cramped house, and the children were noisy. I therefore gave her a very simple answer.
"You ought to look for somewhere quieter to live."
"But I'm not talking about my room. What worries me is that I can't manage to get my thoughts in order."
I noted the misunderstanding but no longer knew what she meant. I asked her
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: japan
Interesting to see how isolation and the thought of death enveloped Soseki in his later years. Short book of small anecdotes and Soseki's relating to significant past events in his life; from his troubled adolescence, study years to his life once he had established himself as Japan's first writer whose employment was to write as a full time job (in terms of literature I guess).

These little memories of his life do hold literary value, and due to their shortness in nature (about 150 or so pages
Chanhee Lee
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
담담한 필체로 재미있게 이야기하고 싶은 바를 풀어낸 수필집. 지나치게 자기 생각이 강하지 않아 좋았다. 고양이로소이다를 보고 있는데 그에 비해 훨씬 간결하고 속도감 있어 재밌게 보았다고 느꼈다.
"작가의 생활"이라는 수필은 내가 나를 소개한다면 이렇게 하고 싶다는 생각이 들게 하는 좋은 수필이었다.
Jan 26, 2016 added it
Shelves: japan, non-fiction
Inside My Glass Doors is the first of its kind that Ive read. As a work of literary miscellany, it is a loose and eclectic collection of personal vignettes written by Natsume Soseki throughout a period not long before his passing. The essays touch on a variety of topics, ranging from Sosekis existential reflections on life and death, his childhood memories, and brief episodes from his life during the period of this collections writing. This volume, the essays of which were serialized in a ...more
Zöe Yu
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan
久仰夏目漱石的大名却未曾读过任何一篇他的文章这次拜读是从散文杂文入手的并非是我是猫不知道他的长篇小说是不是也是这样的风格清丽却忧伤甚至有时候有点揪心的感觉是你为他揪心同时你也能感觉到他为你揪心读到他为这个世界揪心为形形色色的人揪心就这样读着读着读出了老舍的味道老舍也是这么一个人他的文章也这么写自己养的鸟儿但是不管他怎么幽默怎么闲适你总能感觉出老舍心中的那句"咱爱咱的国家可谁爱咱啊" ...more
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Those short articles in the book were written during the author's final year, and it shows. Sometime Natsume Soseki's writing reminds me of Haruki Murakami (but Soseki's tone is always more serious than Murakami's), perhaps that's why I like both of their writing?
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
The best part I loved about this book is that you can read any chapter without missing the build of the rest of stories. As my second Natsume Soseki book, I have acquired some keen understanding to the kind of person he was. Here on, I would like to read more of his books.
Jul 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Always....soseki natsume...he's the best author i ever known...

do not cover your self with your fear....something that i can pull from this book...
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Natsume Sōseki (夏目 漱石), 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 note. In Japan, he is often considered ...more

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