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Juliet Winters Carpenter
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What I am reading
What I am reading rated it 8 months ago
This is a long and extremely fascinating book and it was a somehow intense read, so brace yourselves, this is going to be a long review – because A true Novel deserves nothing less. I want to start off by saying, that it would not do A true Novel justice to simply compare it with Brontës Wuthering...
mage4mage
mage4mage rated it 2 years ago
If you are at all interested in: translation studies, linguistics, the history of Japanese language, the history of English language imperialism, the long-lasting effect the USA had on the state of Japanese language as a consequence of English language imperialism, the history of the concept of nat...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it 2 years ago
Take Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, move the story to post-war Japan, stretch it to twice its original length, and you have A True Novel. The premise sounds great and the two-volume set is absolutely gorgeous. Looks can be deceiving however. Not only is this novel a chore to get through at times,...
Leopard
Leopard rated it 3 years ago
Shiba Ryotaro (1923 – 1996) was primarily a writer of historical fiction for which he painstakingly carried out vast amounts of research, not unlike William T. Vollmann. Historical fiction does not have a very high standing in the West, though some of our finest writers have turned their hand to it....
LitReactor
LitReactor rated it 4 years ago
Title: A True Novel Who Wrote it? Minae Mizumura wrote it in her native Japanese; Jessica Winters Carpenter translated it into English. Plot in a Box: Part memoir, part "true novel" — a traditional Japanese story type explained in the book — it's a rags-to-riches tale of a life begun in po...
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