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Having five children and a toddler had created family insecurity and was in some ways a disgrace to the Natsume family. His mother died when he was fourteen, and his two eldest brothers died in , intensifying his sense of insecurity. His desire to become an author arose when he was about fifteen when he told his older brother about his interest in literature. Although he preferred Chinese classics , he started studying English at that time, feeling that it might prove useful to him in his future career, as English was a necessity in Japanese college. Shiki tutored him in the art of composing haiku. In , he entered the English Literature department, and quickly mastered the English language.

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Start your review of Botchan Write a review Shelves: the-japanese Now that I thought about it, though, I realized that most people actually encourage you to turn bad. The schools might as well just go ahead and teach you how to tell lies, how to mistrust everybody, and how to take advantage of people.

Botchan has grown up under the protective wing of a family servant named Kiyo. She is a fallen aristocrat who pins her hopes on Botchan making something of himself so she can continue to be his servant until she dies. He goes to the University of Tokyo of Physics and emerges with a degree in math, not because he likes math, but because he could pass the classes. Like a lot of young people he had no idea of what he wants to do, but I do have to give him credit for at least doing something while he was trying to figure out what to do.

He believes his best characteristics are common sense and a good grounding in morals, but they are somewhat offset by being impulsive, judgemental, and naive. Botchan accepts a job teaching in the countryside far away from Tokyo. The adjustment is difficult mainly because he loses the fawning presence of Kiyo and he quickly alienates most of his coworkers by being condescending and overly critical of them. The same alienation occurs with the students who stalk him through the village and make fun of his eating habits.

He likes to eat He was an indifferent student and became an indifferent teacher. Most of our teachers in the United States come from the bottom third of graduates. I found some data from , but more recent polling shows that the percentages from each third have not changed significantly. That makes more sense to me.

Part of our problem in the States people from the top third of graduates discover they can make much more money in the private sector with a smaller work load than they can teaching. In Europe teachers are among some of the best paid people in the country. That makes sense to me as well. I digress, but this trend has been of concern to me and Botchan would probably fall into that bottom third category. Botchan gives his colleagues nicknames. The principal becomes The Badger. The assistant principal is Red Shirt.

Giving nicknames is a form of silent rebellion and makes him feel superior to most everyone in the echoing halls of his own head. There is a woman named Madonna, a beautiful woman that even the indifferent Botchan takes notice of. Somehow just looking at her made me feel like I was cradling a ball of crystal that had been warmed in perfume in my palm.

It reminds me of when I was at the University of Arizona taking classes in the English department. Edward Abbey had been teaching there during part of my time there. I could never get into his class which was generally loaded with graduate students. One was the highest paid member of the staff due to his ability to publish and the other was an ex-Jesuit monk.

During one famous faculty meeting they came to blows. My money was on the Jesuit. It was difficult sitting in class looking at this notorious black eye at the front of the room and not laughing over the source of that injury. The longer Botchan teaches his pride becomes more and more battered from a barrage of disappointments.

His predetermined idea of how the universe is supposed to work becomes more cynical. It was published in , but continues to be a source of amusement for new generations of Japanese readers. It is certainly a study in morality about the struggles between people with differing views of what living an honorable life means. Botchan is sure that his view of the universe is the correct one and those that interpret things different receive his disdain.

It is excusable in a 22 year old and my hope is in the pages beyond this book that were never written that he learns more tolerance for the fallacies of others. My interest level increased the deeper I advanced in the book. I went from not really caring for Botchan to actually starting to understand him and even began to root for him.

This is an early work by Natsume Soseki and I am very curious to read his later, more mature work.

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Start your review of Botchan Write a review Shelves: the-japanese Now that I thought about it, though, I realized that most people actually encourage you to turn bad. The schools might as well just go ahead and teach you how to tell lies, how to mistrust everybody, and how to take advantage of people. Botchan has grown up under the protective wing of a family servant named Kiyo. She is a fallen aristocrat who pins her hopes on Botchan making something of himself so she can continue to be his servant until she dies. He goes to the University of Tokyo of Physics and emerges with a degree in math, not because he likes math, but because he could pass the classes. Like a lot of young people he had no idea of what he wants to do, but I do have to give him credit for at least doing something while he was trying to figure out what to do. He believes his best characteristics are common sense and a good grounding in morals, but they are somewhat offset by being impulsive, judgemental, and naive.

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Natsume took a degree in English from the University of Tokyo and taught in the provinces until , when he went to England on a government scholarship. In he became lecturer in English at the University of Tokyo. Both satirize contemporary philistines and intellectual mountebanks. After , when he gave up teaching to devote himself to writing, he produced his more characteristic works, which were sombre without exception.

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