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Schizophrenic in Japan: An American Ex-Pat's Guide to Japanese and American Society/Politics & Humor Paperback – May 18, 2005
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Japan is a strange place and it's impossible for anyone to write about everything in one book. It just can't be done. This book gives you snapshots of life in Japan and I found that to be quite refreshing. It seems to me, that that is about the only way to get an idea of what's going on there besides actually going yourself.
This book is pretty funny and sometimes outrageously funny. Other times, though, when the writer complains about the USA, it can make you feel uncomfortable. Especially if you don't like what's going on in the American political process.
This is definitely an anti-war book as well as a humor book about Japan. There doesn't seem to be any particular order in the chapters, but that's okay as each stands on it's own merit - and, if you've ever been to Japan, you'd understand that it seems that there's no particular order of anything in Nippon.
I would give this book a 4 & 1/2 stars but they don't have 1/2's. A great book for reading when you only have a short time to spare.
There hasn't been a single person working here who wasn't extremely impressed by this book and this young man's writing ability. He is engaging and very thought provoking. Sometimes his jokes can seem a bit difficult to understand as they are full of irony - very British-like in taste. But anyone with a funny bone and a decent education will catch the jokes after a few moments consideration.
When my husband finished the book, he handed it back to me and laughed, "This guy has some pretty wild humor" - That's a huge compliment as my husband is British and he hates American TV and American comedy shows.
The chapters are short and very readable. This is a terrific book for lunch breaks or just before bed as it will definitely set you in a good mood for the rest of the day or a good nights sleep.
Marvelous writing, intelligent humor; and very professional packaging and style. Just the entire "feel" of the book should be enticing to anyone who is into a book of wit that's also very informative too.
I just can't say enough about this wonderful book. This book should get some kind of award... It's that darned good.
I am a book worm. I read at least 5 books a week - mostly novels. And I must say that this book is one of the best humourous political and cultural books I've read in years, perhaps the best one I've read in my entire life.
How anyone can complain about the writing in this book is beyond me. You may not agree with his ideas, but he's not in your face and he certainly comes off like a gentleman. Something that certainly cannot be said about the previous reviewer.
I'd give this book 10 + stars. This is some extremely witty and funny - yet heartfelt prose. I'm expecting this writer to become hugely famous one day. Sometimes nice guys do finish first.
Schizophrenic in Japan is one of the best books I've read this year, and like I said, I read a lot. Bravo to Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers for a fantastic debut work.
When I read some passages of the book, I could sense the pain he must be feeling about what is going on in America today and he seems to feel "let down."
I'd say that the book is very funny, but the parts that make me know that he loves his family and country are the sections where he gives great advice on raising children right and the love he has for his now deceased mother. The final chapter about giving a Christmas present that REALLY means something brought a tear to my and my wife's eyes. We are going to take Mike's advice and do what ever we can to make our children happy.
It's a great book. It's funny, deep, and he's brutally honest. That's what we need in these times of mass consumerism hell.
This is a great book for getting people who are not interested in politics to open their eyes as it is written with humor and wit. But, when you stop to think about how true what the writer has written is, it might just make you upset. I couldn't put the book down and bought one for my on-the-fence leaning right wing sister. It is definitely a roller-coaster read. Very funny too, when he wants to be. Dead serious at times too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Takes me back to living in Japan and watching the things happen that made us shake our heads.Published 20 months ago by subwo
Although somewhat enlightening to read, it's definitely not as funny as one would hope. It also doesn't have much new in terms of cultural information beyond what you can learn in... Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by A. Wiesen
I thought the book was a big waste of time. I found it at a garage sale and spent a whole twenty five cents on it..... I wasted a quarter!!!
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This is not a guide to Japan or anything japanese related. It's an OK book, the author has a sometimes acid sense of humour but does a good job explaining his points of views. Read morePublished on February 8, 2010 by massalo
I found out about this book through [...] and purchased it to read while flying to China. Overall I found it to be a very entertaining, humorous and insightful. Read morePublished on December 3, 2009 by Amazon Customer
All I read was the foreward, but that was all I needed to read.
As one who's traved overseas over the last 25 years, and having lived in Europe, Asia, etc for months, or... Read more
A collection valuable, though somewhat rambling essays. They are fun to read, profound and insightful, a definite five-star!Published on November 26, 2006 by afonya
...then Mike Rogers will be part of what does it. Yes, yes, the book is somewhat haphazard and seems at time to be cobbled together [as it was somewhat] from a "blog" or "stream of... Read morePublished on June 2, 2006 by In Memory of W. G. Simms
Luce wrote: To the person who asked why so many reviews...is your point that the author wrote them himself? Read morePublished on February 6, 2006 by Karl Reiss