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A hilarious tale about a young man's rebellion in a country school. Most of the story seems to occur in summer, against the drone of cicadas and the bite of mosquitoes. And, in every way this is a summer book - light, sunny, and fun to read. Botchan' is a hilarious tale about a young man's rebellion in a country school. It is a classic of its kind, and has enjoyed a timeless popularity, making it, according to Donald Keene, 'probably the most widely read novel in modern Japan'. The setting is Japan's deep south, where the author himself spent four years teaching English in a'
Publisher: Tokyo : Kodansha International, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9784770021229
Branch Call Number: FIC NATSUME
Characteristics: 172 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cohn, Joel R. (Joel Ralph), 1949-


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Jun 25, 2012

I was fairly unimpressed; I'd seen Botchan compared favorably to books like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Catcher in the Rye, but it seemed significantly less polished. Disappointing. I imagine it lost a lot of its sparkle during translation? Either way, not Natsume at his best.


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