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Stupeur et tremblements by Amélie Nothomb
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If this were published during the second world war, Amelie Nothomb would have been kidnapped and executed by the Japanese.

For reasons I didn't care to research and find out Nothomb, although Belgian by nationality and currently living in Paris, was born in Kobe, Japan. This book is based on her true experiences as a lowly employee in a big Japanese company for one whole year.

She had a layer of bosses, all Japanese. Her immediate superior, Miss Mori, was beautiful but petty, malicious, neurotic and vindictive. Higher to Miss Mori were Messrs. Saito and Omochi, both tyrannical, sadistic brutes. The big boss was Mr. Haneda ("God", Nothomb called him secretly) who was somewhat kind but who didn't care about the bullying being done in the office. Like another executive (Mr. Tenshi), he appeared like a spineless coward, a victim of these strange Japanese concepts of honor and respect for superiors. Time and again, Nothomb stressed the high suicide rate in the Japanese society, mocking them (so it seemed to me) as employers and as a people as well. Not impelled by racism, I'm sure, for Nothomb really went through hell here. In sum, this writer saying vengeance is mine.

Witty, satirical, perceptive and entertaining. And not that long too. An ideal book to take with you to the gas chamber while waiting for your execution. Or to read while waiting for your wife, or girlfriend, get dressed
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February 19, 2011 – Shelved
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February 20, 2011 – Finished Reading

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Kwesi 章英狮 So this book was related to mafias? Scary book cover.

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mark monday i especially love the last 2 sentences of your review.

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Nenette mark wrote: "i especially love the last 2 sentences of your review."

Agree! :)

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Apokripos That last broken sentence remind me Finnegans Wake. Ahaha! :D
Is that deliberate Atty?

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