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The House of Nire

Morio Kita

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ISBN 10: 4770023936 / ISBN 13: 9784770023933
Verlag: Kodansha International Ltd 1999, 1999
Zustand: Fine Softcover
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Titel: The House of Nire

Verlag: Kodansha International Ltd 1999

Erscheinungsdatum: 1999

Einband: Soft cover


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The House of Nire will come as a surprise to readers who expect a Japanese novel to be a mixture of gloom and sensitivity. This one is unashamedly comic, and its view of human life derives from a warm curiosity that accepts the world as it is and wastes no time complaining about it. Readers will feel themselves in the company of somebody who understands with intelligence, judges with generosity, and often, sometimes uproariously, laughs and enjoys. The book relates the history of the Nire family from the end of the First World War to the end of the Second. We meet Kiichiro Nire, founder not only of the family mental hospital but of the family itself, for he has changed their real name to something more sophisticated. Kiichiro, in all his vanity, selfishness, and absurdity, is one of the great comic creations of Japanese literature.

His children, adopted children, grandchildren, and any number of hangers-on including a friendly but flabby sumo wrestler whose career is going nowhere, form a cast of characters who, for all their oddities, tell us more about actual Japanese people and their lives than almost anything we have yet seen in English. And when, with the eventual fall of the House of Nire, the mood changes and the laughter dies away, one recognizes just how true to life this novel is and how involved in it one has become.


"A real treat."--Sunday Times -- Sunday Times

"A refreshing surprise."--Atlantic Monthly -- Atlantic Monthly

"A very funny novel ... and a distinguished addition to the number of Japanese novels in English."--Times Literary Supplement -- Times Literary Supplement

"A warm satirical glow is just one of its many unexpected pleasures."--San Francisco Chronicle -- San Francisco Chronicle

"Magnificent!"--Asian Wall Street Journal -- Asian Wall Street Journal

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