- Paperback: 132 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (30 Nov. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312347324
- ISBN-13: 978-0312347321
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1 x 19.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,742,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fear and Trembling Paperback – 30 Nov 2004
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"'Ingenious... With great delicacy, Nothomb updates the age-old divide between East and West in this delectable little book.' O, The Oprah Magazine; 'Nothomb is the latest enfant terrible of French letters... She has an acidic yet passionately romantic view of human nature.' Elle" -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.
Fear and Trembling, by Amélie Nothomb, displays an elegant and shrewd understanding of the intricate ways in which Japanese relationships are made and spoiled. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.See all Product description
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The management of the unidentified corporation she served within for a year put her through a relentless process of bullying and humiliation. This is a crucially important book which describes how management engineers workplace bullying.
Initially she is used as a tea lady. This is the first step in what becomes a long gruelling process of trying to wear her down and break her. For a time she becomes the mail girl, then the person who changes the date on people's calendars. Then she is assigned pointless photocopying, which is deliberately thrown away by a senior manager at the end of each day. The indignities mount as she is criticised, undermined, harrassed, overruled, shouted at, betrayed, humilated until, after several months, she is made the toilet attendant. And the bullying still doesn't stop.
The greatest anger is incurred whenever Ms Nothomb does good work. She uses her diplomatic skills when serving coffee to visiting Japanese executives. A senior manager is furious, and besides issuing orders that she is not to do this again, instructs her to forget the Japanese language. On another occasion she researches and writes a report on foreign imports, which a manager of another division describes as impeccable. The vice president is livid, and forbids her to do any such thing again.Read more ›
There have been ardent fans of Japan and Anime, tourists, and other Japanese who wrote very rude letters to Amelie Nothomb, accusing her of racism or that she probably deserved what she had to suffer. Which I disagree for I got to spend time with some Japanese and I agree with many things that Amelie wrote in her book. it is evident that this author, who based her book on experiences she lived in a Japanese company, wrote down something that some hardcore fan of Japan or Anime would not want to hear. That deep down, the country that they dream, and almost worship, is not as wonderful and open-minded as the Animes, Mangas, and Japanese movies they love to watch which tend to present Japan as this Wonderland. Although there are some good Japanese who live there, like the wonderful Mr. Tenshi who works at Yumimoto company, not all of them are yet ready to accept foreigners among their employees.Read more ›
Just as well we're on her side by this stage of the story - there are few characters who could get away with such declarations without us throwing up either our hands or our breakfast. The absurdity, however, lies not so much in a young girl having male deities as role models but in her grown-up ambition to succeed in the masculine culture of a Japanese multinational corporation. Now that really is bonkers. As well as being female, early on she commits "the crime of showing initiative" and is accused of being an individualist ("the height of injury").
"Your despicable behavior" - says her superior - "is typical of Westerners. You put your personal vanity ahead of the interests of the company." That she is a white girl who understands Japanese has already been remarked upon in a derogatory way, and another boss has made the corporate hierarchy and her place in it very clear: "There is always a means of obeying. That's what Western brains need to understand." This degree of both racism and hemispherism is in part, I suspect, a novelist's hyperbole.Read more ›
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A book about nothing but a person being progressively degraded, taking it because she regards it as the Japanese way and, by some perverse logic feels that by not giving in she is... Read morePublished on 3 Aug. 2013 by Sean MOffatt
Reading the book was like wading my way through the fog. Delicate, ironic and utterly adherent of Japanise society.
Not for everyone, but for expert readers.
This is the third review I've written of this book, since Amelie or someone close to her regularly purges all reviews under 4 stars. Ho hum. Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2012 by JudasFm
Fear And Trembling is a delightfully humourous novella which is eminently readable, yet also thought-provoking in a multitude of ways. Read morePublished on 17 May 2012 by Pablo
Interesting read, written in a very simple and at times childish language, exploring tiny bits of Japanese culture and comparing it, very mildly, with Western culture. Read morePublished on 22 April 2012 by Ms. Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh
"Fear and trembling" describe the behaviour expected of the Japanese on entering the presence of their Emperor, when he was still regarded as a living god. Read morePublished on 7 April 2012 by Antenna
Amelie Nothomb has a real passion for Japan and the Japanese. Her story of working in Japan is peppered with one failure after another. She just never seems to get it right. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2011 by Hazel Danielle Benson