Winner of many literary prizes in France, Nothomb (Loving Sabotage, Stranger Next Door) presents an utterly charming, humorous tale of East meets West in her newest novel about a young Belgian woman who works for a year in Japan, a country that she has revered and admired since childhood. At the Yumimoto Corporation, a huge export/import business, the chain of command is made very clear to her on a daily basis, and all initiative is snuffed out. After several crucial errors, our heroine's career ends up in the toilet, literally. Nothomb is a terrific writer whose writing style is simple, honest, and elegant. Very highly recommended for all libraries.DLisa Rohrbaugh, East Palestine Memorial P.L., OH
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As if we needed more proof that our globe is shrinking, here is a novel set in Japan, translated from French, written by a Belgian who was born in Kobe and now lives in Paris. Our heroine, Amelie, gets a job in the import-export division of the huge Yumimoto Corporation, the only Westerner in sea of Japanese company men. There are also a very few women, the most prominent among them being the stunning and awe-inspiring Miss Mori, Amelie's immediate superior. Through no fault of her own, but only because no one who is not Japanese can possibly navigate through all the complex rituals and protocols that lie at the heart of Japanese corporate culture, Amelie-san finds herself falling down a rabbit hole of increasingly meaningless tasks--delivering the mail, photocopying an executive's golf club bylaws, finally cleaning the bathrooms. It is Fubuki Mori who presides over this spiral, bent on humiliation even as Amelie begins to understand and even sympathize with her plight as an unmarried Japanese woman trying to hold her own. Mary Ellen Quinn
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It captured a lot of my observations and experience working for a Japanese company in the 1980s with humor and compassion.Published 12 months ago by Mark A. Horn
I read this book in French first and English second, just to make sure I wasn't simply missing some greater, more profound meaning. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Michelle Brown
This is a gem of a book: short, easy reading, but full of life lessons. Amelie Nothomb takes us on a journey. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Maria
Being written by an European, it surprises me specially, how is, that this girl has such a very deep and human, almost motherly understanding, where most of them become before her... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Maria C. Pedraza
I read Nothomb's first book Hygeine and the Assssin and really enjoyed it. It was witty, at times intentionally off putting but after reading Fear and Trembling I have to wonder if... Read morePublished 17 months ago by lefez
Though a fun read, the author has embellished her story. She talks about stripping and dancing around the office in the nude during an all night work assignment. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ian Box
Amelie is simply fascinating. This novel feels like every word is exactly in the right place. This is a great book to start with when getting to know Nothomb's writing. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Stanpec
Your friend is Japanese, your neighbor is Japanese, you think you know Japanese culture, it's not true. Read this book and you'll discover an astonishing world. Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by Angele B.