坊ちゃん Botchan

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I’m currently reading Natsume Souseki’s Botchan. The story’s about a young Tokyoite who takes a job teaching middle school math in Matsuyama. The guy who did the new translation talked about how Botchan is beloved because of its main character, who unlike most Japanese, bucks the system, and has little worry about how the rest of society views him. The book is rather slow pace, and largely uneventful, but it is entertaining. I enjoy reading about the trials and tribulations of this teacher because his world view is much more like that of a foreigner than a typical Japanese. It’s refreshing considering I myself am a teacher in a place that, at times, seems completely ridiculous to me. I do recommend this book if you’re at all interested in Japanese literature, and I feel that I should have read this quite a long time ago. The bright side of my reading it this late, however, is that I read this newer, and in my opinion, much more readable translation this Japanese-school reading list classic.

Apparently, this new English translation will be available in the US in May 2007. This new English version was first published in Japan, believe it or not.





Written by Brandon

March 13, 2007 at 12:14 am

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