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The novel draws on themes topical and perennial--the hothousing of children, the familiar literary trope of the quest for the (absent) father--and as such, divides itself into two halves: the first describes Ludo's education, the second follows him in his search for his father and father figures. The first stresses a sacred, Apollonian pursuit of logic, precise (if wayward) erudition, and the erratic and endlessly fascinating architecture of languages, while the second moves this knowledge into the world of emotion, human ambitions, and their attendant frustrations and failures.
The Last Samurai is about the pleasure of ideas, the rich varieties of human thought, the possibilities that life offers us, and, ultimately, the balance between the structures we make of the world and the chaos that it proffers in return. Stylistically, the novel mirrors this ambivalence: DeWitt's remarkable prose follows the shifts and breaks of human consciousness and memory, capturing the intrusions of unspoken thought that punctuate conversation while providing tantalizing disquisitions on, for example, Japanese grammar or the physics of aerodynamics. It is remarkable, profound, and often very funny. Arigato DeWitt-sensei. --Burhan Tufail --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This must be some sort of joke. After all the positive reviews, I expected a brilliant novel. Instead, I got gobbledygook. No wonder she never finished college. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Jack Sparacino
This is an amazing novel. The richness of the characters and the "world" that it is set in is amazing. Read morePublished 13 months ago by B. Giles
besides a couple bends and dents its perfectly fine. this book only head damage to the cover which i believe to be the post persons fault.Published 15 months ago by luna dunnigan
Drawn out, too detailed and boring. I would not recommend. I kept waiting for Helen to get to the storyline.Published 20 months ago by Darlene Ostroski
What a great 21st century novel. It introduces a new referential style into novels. Must have access to interenet to enjoy it completely.Published on May 1, 2013 by John
Wish I had time to re-read it right away: a novel demonstrating teaching is a form of love. Glad to have gotten a copy while they're still available.Published on January 4, 2013 by Maggie Hivnor
It has been almost 10 years, I am going thru to put review/ratings on what I remember reading so that the amazon recommendations can have more data. Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by Michael Veach
This is one of the finest books I have ever read!!! I have read thousands of books too, many great ones. The vocabulary is one of the most complex that I have ever encountered... Read morePublished on July 29, 2012 by Bigfootnampa
Dewitt does an amazing job of entertwining stories to create a captivating tale of a boy in search of a father and a way to take care of his mother. Read morePublished on July 22, 2012 by Rachael Spencer-Hill