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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.
Not for everyone. But anyone who has opened a book and found not just thoughts and ideas of the dead and dying, but entire worlds, wonderfully narrated through second/third/fourth... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
I would not really recommend this book but it was recommended to me so I bought it. I am not much of a fiction fan these days however so if you read the plot summary and think it... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Judith Johnson
Terrible! Don't waste the time I did trying to get into this book.Published 5 months ago by path0103
I just love the book. After reading it for the first time, I immediately clicked the beginning and started again. Somehow (I actually don't know how) it brings peace to me. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tanja Russita
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 7 months 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 20 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 22 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 on August 26, 2013 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