Nathalie Lavande

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (6 of 6)
Location: France


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,663,155 - Total Helpful Votes: 6 of 6
Making Sense of Japanese by Jay Rubin
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I have been studying and struggling with Japanese for years and in the process I have bought many grammar books. Never has any of my numerous books made me laugh outloud or made as much sense as this one does. Not only is Jay Rubin hilarious but he just hits the right point each time. Challenging grammatical points disappear in a white flash! Pure genius! A Compulsory buy for the advanced student or for the others who want a good laugh!
Learning to Bow: Inside the Heart of Japan by Bruce Feiler
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
To be fair, I must point out that I have not finished reading the book yet.

Whilst the book is often interesting and at times funny, the self-important and patronising style as well as the constant generalisations about the Japanese people and their culture are irritating and cliched; his regular references to the ways the Americans contributed to and improved the modern Japanese culture are obscene.

His dogmatic historical and cultural background explanations are lacking in depth and distract fromt the story.

What a disappointment!