The Resource Botchan

Botchan

Label
Botchan
Title
Botchan
Statement of responsibility
Soseki Natsume
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Language
eng
Summary
A modern classic in Japan on par with The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or The Catcher in the Rye, Botchan is a very popular Japanese novel and still widely read decades after its first publication. Botchan, a timeless Japanese novel written by Japan's most beloved novelist, Soseki Natsume, is now available in a revised edition featuring a new foreword by Dennis Washburn, Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages at Dartmouth College. Prof. Washburn's foreword places the importance of both the author and the book into perspective for the modern reader.Botchan's story is a familiar one: the youngest son in a middle class Tokyo family, he is consistently in the shadow of his elder brother. With a practically nonexistent relationship with his family, Botchan finds himself cast adrift after both his parents die. Now on his own, Botchan drifts through college only to find himself thrust into a teaching job in the unfamiliar realm of a country school, far from Tokyo and the life he has known. Botchan's difficulty adjusting to his new life is eloquently described, from his nosy landlord to his students, who delight in tormenting the newcomer from the big city. Through it all, Botchen's life is threaded with his vacillating concern for Kiyo, the family servant he left behind who was the only person to give him love and understanding in his life. Regardless of where he goes or what he does, he is always trying to apply the lessons she taught him to his life
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One of Japan's most treasured novels, new to Penguin Classics. Botchan is a modern young man from the Tokyo metropolis, sent to the ultra-traditional Matsuyama district as a Maths teacher after his the death of his parents. Cynical, rebellious and immature, Botchan finds himself facing several tests, from the pupils--prone to playing tricks on their new, naive teacher; the staff--vain, immoral, and in danger of becoming a bad influence on Botchan; and from his own as-yet-unformed nature, as he finds his place in the world. One of the most popular novels in Japan where it is considered a classic of adolescence, as seminal as "The Catcher in the Rye", "Botchan" is as funny, poignant and memorable as it was when first published, over 100 years ago. In J. Cohn's introduction to his colourful translation, he discusses "Botchan's" success, the book's clash between Western intellectualism and traditional Japanese values, and the importance of names and nicknames in the novel.
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136806
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1867-1916
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  • Soseki, Natsume
  • Sasaki, Umeji
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1100
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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1949-
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Cohn, Joel R.
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True
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  • Classic Literature
  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Literary Anthologies
Target audience
adult
Label
Botchan
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Publication
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OVERDRIVE:c2cb8686-1b2b-41e1-ba06-f7a7a8fce13c
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781462900404
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Botchan
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:c2cb8686-1b2b-41e1-ba06-f7a7a8fce13c
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781462900404
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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