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Audrey Hepburn's Neck Paperback – March 1, 1997
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Top Customer Reviews
The world of Toshi, our hero, an exceedingly creative guy, is the source for much amazement to the Western reader, from the loneliness of the mega city, to the megaphone messages in the subway. Pets and coffee houses are also the source for much wonder.
The book deals overtly and covertly on prejudices. Prejudices the Japanese have about Americans and those that Americans have about the Japanese. Prejudices against homosexuals, against Koreans. But all of it is done deftly, with amazing humor.
Alan Brown's observations on how others can perceive Americans, in Japan or out are very keen, funny and true. But he is a master in finding quirky juxtapositions, and more than that in making all his characters three-dimensional and believable.
This is certainly a novel worth reading. If you have a weekend coming up and would like something offbeat, occasionally hilarious, and fascinating to read, give this one a try, you will not regret it.
Toshi is a young Japanese man with a fixation on the West and like many of his young, Japanese contemporaries he struggles to find his identity while sometimes completely baffling his parents. After reaching adulthood, he leaves the fishing village he was raised in and moves to Tokyo where he is sometimes overwhelmed by the city and is constantly exposed to the influences of American culture.
Brown draws us into Toshi's world as Toshi deals not only with his adjustment to life on his own but also to the separation of his parents, a separation which eventually leads Toshi to a family secret that had never even been hinted about to him.
This is a highly unique look into the life of a young man struggling with his culture and the influences of other cultures. And it is highly recommended. Brown does an incredible job of bringing all the characters in this novel to life. If you are looking for something different and even a little quirky to read, pick up a copy of "Audrey Hepburn's Neck," you won't be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have lived in Japan for ten years and I can relate to this novel immensely, it captures the essence of the Japanese identity struggle to embrace all things western with their own... Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by Thea McEachern
Toshi Okamoto was born on a Japanese island. He had a fascination about American things such as movies, movie stars and Audrey Hepburn. Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by michael a. draper
This book was published in 1996 by the U.S. filmmaker and author Alan Brown. It told the story of a Japanese man, aged 30, who'd come to Tokyo from Hokkaido to work. Read morePublished on February 27, 2011 by Reader in Tokyo
The Neck in the title is the foundation of T's erotic fascination with Europeans. He had seen Audrey Hepburn in a movie when he was nine and his mother had remarked on the beauty... Read morePublished on April 26, 2008 by Lynn Hoffman, author:Radiation Days: A Comedy
Toshi Okamato is attracted to Western women, all because of a childhood vision of Audrey Hepburn in a film. Read morePublished on May 30, 2007 by M. Feldman
I read this book years ago based solely on the title which stood out to me as I passed it on the library shelf. It was nothing like what I expected. Read morePublished on April 27, 2007 by Cranky Reader
It has an interesting twist in that it is told in the voice of a young Japanese man (half Japanese as it turns out - but that's part of the family secrets not disclosed until late... Read morePublished on January 6, 2007 by Reader in Virginia
I've had this book on my Wish List for a long time after seeing a review in the newspaper a few years back. I finally got around to purchasing it, and I'm glad that I did. Read morePublished on December 28, 2006 by tttooommm
Late in the novel, Toshi notices that his mother is now old, and that the skin of her hands looks like onionskin. Read morePublished on October 7, 2005 by Richard L. Goldfarb