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Botchan Paperback – December 15, 1989

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Soseki Natsume (1867û1916) is widely considered to be the father of the Japanese novel. His novels include Inside My Glass Doors and I Am a Cat.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; first edition 21st printing edition (December 15, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804800715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804800716
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,181,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "play2632ball" on September 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
I'm the writer of the 2nd review. I came back here just to remind readers who are interested in reading the English translation of Natsume Soseki's masterpiece BOTCHAN: MAKE SURE THE ONE YOU GET IS THE ALAN TURNEY TRANSLATION PUBLISHED BY KODANSHA INTERNATILNAL!!!!!
Why bother writing another review? Well, I think the 4th review written by Mr. Patrick Robbins may mislead readers buying a terrible translation. Judging from what Mr. Robbins wrote, "but this translation dates from the Twenties or so", the terrible translation he wrote about should be the one by Umeji Sasaki dates back to 1922 published by Tuttle. I know that one and it is horribly terrible. In fact, there are also other English translations but none can compare with the Alan Turney translation. Make sure you get the right one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jacob on September 21, 2010
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Natsume isn't on the 1000 yen note for nothing! The story follows the exploits of a Tokyo work adverse boy who stumbles into a teachimg job in rural Shikoku, and with it conflict with the locals.

My one criticism is the sub standard translation. It is certainly dated and at times difficult to understand or contains spelling and grammar errors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth M. Munroz on January 29, 2011
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This was a very enjoyable book, an easy read that opened my eyes about the intricacies of the Japanese culture. Yet, in many ways we are all human and have the same idiosyncrasies. Loved it!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Lions on January 24, 2012
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This is a pretty good translation from the original Japanese. It's a story of a person living in the country who tries city living. He quickly learns money and luxury do not always make life easy. He must deal with the arrogant people and greedy ones. It reminds me a little of other books by Mark Twain rich characters with many quirk to them. It's funny also how the old Japanese school system with emphasis on memory and discipline is much like the school system I grew up in not too long ago. It shows the inside of Japan thinking.
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