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Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Written in , Natsume Soseki’s “Botchan” is based on the author’s experience as a teacher in a “barbaric” country town at a time when. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Botchan by Natsume Soseki.

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He wrote 14 novels. As well as his works of fiction, his essays, haiku, and kanshi have been influential and are popular even today. He is the author of a study on the comic spirit in modern Japanese fiction. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? One of Japan’s most treasured novels—new to Penguin Classics A hilarious tale about a young man’s rebellion against “the system” in a country school, Natsume Soseki’s Botchan has enjoyed a timeless popularity in Japan.

The setting is Japan’s deep south, where the author himself spent some time teaching English in a boys’ school. Into this conservative world, with its social proprieties and established pecking order, breezes Botchan, down from the big city and with scant respect for either his elders or his noisy young charges. The result is a light, funny, fast-paced novel. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.

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Soseki is one of the greatest Japanese Soseki is one of the greatest Japanese authors. This book is about young, honest Japanese men, who learns what life is like. Kinda reminds Catcher in the rye. We never find out the narrator and protagonist’s real name, only the moniker his family’s loyal maid uses.

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Like Soseki himself, Botchan sosseki the unfavored son of an old and pedigreed Tokyo family who leaves the capital for a teaching position at a middle i. Though never named, the town is unmistakably Matsuyama, a Shikoku city known for its castle and hot springs. Though Botchan describes his youthful self as a hellraiser, he is unprepared for the rural thugs he is expected to teach, some of whom are bigger than he is and all of whom are ruder.

Even more problematic are his colleagues at the school, who are almost without exception a bunch of lying schemers. Will Botchan make it through the school year without falling into cynicism and despair?

Doubtful, but his humor and Tokyo determination egg him on: If people were to hear obtchan I allowed this pack of snot-nosed brats to make a fool of me I would never live it down. I’m not made of the same stuff as those peasants were, of that you can sosekki sure. It’s also very funny–in fact, it reminded me of Kingsley Amis’s “Lucky Jim,” surely the gold standard of the academy novel.

While it suffers from an abrupt and unsatisfying ending, it’s worthwhile for anyone interested in Japanese literature, or modern Japan generally. One person found this helpful. Read botcjan in high school. Now I’m reading it again. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. A lovely book qbout a young teacher from Tokyo, who goes to gather his first working expererience to a school in the countryside.


I love how botchaj author describs him and his narrative voice, which is passionate and soaeki. He’s starting to get to know the world, the people and their characters, and this book is a lovely read. Charming and enjoyable read. Pretty quick and easy going through it but there are points throughout the book that you could just bocthan and think on. The naive perspective and light humor of Botchan was fresh and his position was pretty relatable.

Planning on looking into other books by Soseki. Botchan’s views on right and wrong in the “grownup world” seem timeless. Interesting pre-war character observations. I don’t think this book is for everyone.

I enjoyed it but it wasn’t one I couldn’t put down. See all 12 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run sosemi giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

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