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'