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Natsume Soseki , Haruki Murakami , Jay Rubin
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26 Nov 2009 Penguin Classics
One of Soseki's most beloved works of fiction, the novel depicts the 23-year-old Sanshiro leaving the sleepy countryside for the first time in his life to experience the constantly moving 'real world' of Tokyo, its women and university. In the subtle tension between our appreciation of Soseki's lively humour and our awareness of Sanshiro's doomed innocence, the novel comes to life. Sanshiro is also penetrating social and cultural commentary.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (26 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140455620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140455625
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) is one of the best-known Japanese authors of the 20th century and considered as the master of psychological fiction. He wrote 14 novels. As well as his works of fiction, his essays, haiku, and kanshi have been influential and are popular even today.

Haruki Murakami (in Western order) has written twelve novels, eight volumes of short stories, and over thirty books of nonfiction while also translating well over thirty volumes of American fiction, poetry and nonfiction since his prizewinning debut in 1979 at the age of thirty. Known in the English-speaking world primarily for his novels A Wild Sheep Chase, Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Norwegian Wood and Kafka on the Shore. His works have been translated into more than forty languages.

Jay Rubin has translated Soseki's novel The Miner and Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, After the quake, and After Dark. He is the author of Injurious to Public Morals: Writers and the Meiji State and Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words, and the editor of Modern Japanese Writers. He began his study of Japanese at the University of Chicago, where he received his Ph.D. in 1970, and taught Japanese literature at the University of Washington and at Harvard University, where he is now an emeritus professor.

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5.0 out of 5 stars 'The Generally Sweet Smell of Youth' 14 April 2010
This book is in essence a beautiful reflection on living through your early 20's in new surroundings experiencing things for the first time. Sanshiro, a naive recent college graduate from rural Japan, has just enrolled at Tokyo University and the story begins with him travelling by train to Tokyo, where he will learn how the world can be so different compared to his sleepy country home.

A twist on the classic coming of age novel this book reminded me of Murakami's Norwegian Wood with it's easy references to first love and stream of consciousness narrative style. Indeed the introduction written by Murakami would indicate that he did in fact borrow from Sanshiro when dreaming up his own novel.

The Japanese writing style is prominent in this novel, an easy going plot, interactions on a personally emotional level for the main characters and realisation of the beauty of simple everyday things. The events that transpire can seem a little dated to western culture but the underlying motives still hold true today even though the book was written in the early 20th century.

If you liked Norwegian Wood or A Catcher in the Rye, Sanshiro won't let you down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story 17 April 2013
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Loved this book. I was transported to another era every time I picked it up. It was almost hard to rejoin reality afterwards!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 23 Sep 2013
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Similar tones to Murakami. Although over 100 years old, it could almost have been written yesterday. Deep likeable characters. Highly recommended to anyone appreciative of Japanese litterature.
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