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こころ [Kokoro]

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De meest geliefde roman van de godfather van de moderne Japanse literatuur Soseki Natsume voltooide Kokoro de wegen van het hart vlak voor zijn dood in 1916 De roman vertelt het diepmenselijke verhaal van de vriendschap tussen twee naamloze personages een jonge student en een oudere man die hij 'Sensei' leraar noemtSensei leeft met zijn vrouw afgezonderd van de b. Sometimes you fee Sir Gawain and The Green Knight roman van de godfather van de moderne Japanse literatuur Soseki Natsume voltooide Kokoro de wegen van het hart vlak voor zijn dood in 1916 De A Trip To The Hospital roman vertelt het diepmenselijke verhaal van de vriendschap tussen twee naamloze personages een jonge student en een oudere man die hij 'Sensei' leraar noemtSensei leeft met zijn vrouw afgezonderd van de b. Sometimes you fee

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  1. says:

    A languid melancholic dream of a novel which pierces the heart of the reader with its uiet intensityCautious in its narrative tread on the ground of contentious issues delicate in its broaching of subjects like the indignity of death sin and redemption existentialist ennui self recrimination and misanthropy 'Kokoro' is a masterful recounting of a tragedy which unfolds against the backdrop of the dying years of the Meiji era As Emperor Meiji breathes his last taking along with him the anachronistic echoes of an obsolete way of life rigidly shackled by the conservatism of the isolationist years a hesitant Japan steps into the welcoming embrace of modern day materialism while simultaneously waging an inner war with the self denying Confucian ideologies of its past A mysterious and scholarly middle aged man only referred to as 'Sensei' meets our young protagonist in a chance encounter and the uniue mentor protege bonding that forms between them subseuently brings an indescribable joy and solace to both While 'Sensei' eventually summons the courage to confess to past wrongdoings in a letter to the young man he barely knows and attains a kind of salvation through a self imposed exile from society his unnamed protege learns to look past the horror and agony of slow bodily death and accept the natural order of things A powerfully written spiritual inuiry into the corruption of the human soul an elegant acknowledgement of the juxtaposition of mournful endings and optimistic beginnings and a testimony to the fragility of human lives

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    The main character is a young man a college student who meets an older man at a beach resort Over time he develops a strong admiration for him visiting at his home and calling him Sensei The interesting thing about the “wise” old man is that he does nothing He seems to be a scholar but doesn’t read or write he just “hangs out” Sensei has no real friends other than the young man His only activity is making a monthly visit a grave at a local cemetery Who that deceased person is becomes the key to the story But he promises the young man that he will tell him the story when the time is right He warns the young man that when he hears his story his admiration of the old man will turn to disdain and disillusionment That’s the first chapter of the story The second part of the story focuses on the young man’s home life Years go by as the young man graduates from college Despite his mother’s urgings and dying father’s pleas for him to get a job the young man seems to want to emulate his sensei and do nothing He turns down his family’s urgings to settle down and marry a cousin He does nothingMeanwhile traumatic events have happened in Japan The last Meiji emperor died 1912 and his right hand military man General Nogi Maresuke commits ritual suicide It’s the end of Old Japan and the start of the new Part three about half of the book is Sensei’s story told in a long testament written to the young man It’s story of Sensei’s youth love a love triangle and suicide A good story although I thought Sensei’s story was a bit dragged out It’s fascinating to get into the minds of these men in early 1900’s in Japan and see the workings of a culture so strange to modern day outlooks and values I read one other work by this author 1867 1916 Botchan about a schoolboy which is totally different in outlook and style Botchan written with a lot of humor and sarcasm is so different it’s hard to believe they were by the same author Wikipedia tells us that many consider him Japan’s greatest writer Haruki Murakami said Soseki was his favorite author One of Soseki’s best known works is I am a Cat – perhaps that’s where Murakami got his cat addiction from? LOL Photo of Emperor Meiji from britannicacomSchoolchildren in the early 1900's from alamycomThe author honored on a 1000 yen note from wikipedia

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    Sometimes you feel the desire to know the all time greatest different nationalities have created through history In this case a japanese classicThis novel is divided into three parts of a same story taking place during the Meiji reign around the 1800s The laborious life of an university student trying to graduate; his relationship with his countryside family and a delicately tragic situation with his father; and lastly his friendship with Sensei a kind of extremely well educated mentor but with a painful past and a very dark secretThe three parts of the story slowly progresses and unfolds into an uncertain endingThis is not really one of my most memorable readings This novel certainly left me with a very very sour taste But on the other hand it provided me with a lot of knowledge regarding japanese life and culture at least during that time And the terrible burdens of carrying an unspeakable secretStill remaining the movie 1955Until next time A veces sentís el deseo de conocer las mejores obras ue distintas nacionalidades han creado a largo de la historia En este caso un clásico japonésEsta novela consiste en tres partes de una misma historia durante la época del reinado Meiji a mediados de los 1800s La vida trabajosa de un estudiante universitario tratando de recibirse la relación con su familia campestre y una situación trágicamente delicada con su padre; y por último su amistad con Sensei una especie de mentor extremadamente culto pero con un pasado doloroso y un muy oscuro secretoLas tres partes de la historia se van desarrollando lentamente hasta llegar a un final inciertoEsta no fue una de mis lecturas más memorables ciertamente la novela me dejó un sabor muy muy amargo Pero por otro lado entregó muchos saberes sobre la vida y cultura japonesa al menos durante esa época Y los terribles efectos de sobrellevar un secreto inconfesableueda pendiente la película 1955Hasta la próxima

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    A few years ago I had arranged to meet up with a girl I was loosely dating I liked her a lot but as she is a DJ who works late nights seeing each other was not easy I had agreed to go to the club she was playing at that night and wait for her to finish which would be something like 3am As I didn’t want to spend the entire night stood at the side of the DJ booth waiting for her I asked my brother if he wanted to join me I explained why I wanted to go out I assured him that I would be free most of the night until 3am and offered to pay for all his drinks He agreed and so we got ready and left our apartment around 9pm to have a few drinks before we made our way to the club However in the first pub I noticed that my brother was spending a lot of time on his phone When we had finished our drinks I asked if he wanted another and at this point he declined and started to groan theatrically holding his stomach He told me that he needed to go outside for some air It was clear to me that he was playacting so I offered to accompany him He was not best pleasedOutside he kept taking exaggerated breaths as though he was going to be sick and as I wasn’t taking the hint eventually he told me he was so ill he needed to go home I said that was fine but pointed out that I didn’t believe him and that if he was faking an illness to go off and meet some friends I wouldn’t easily forgive him He maintained that he was very unwell and therefore I let him leave I stayed in the bar for a while had another drink and then after texting my girl to say I might be late or not make it at all decided to go home and see if my brother was ok Of course the apartment was empty By this stage I was so disgusted and tired of the whole situation I decided not to go out again Then in the early hours of the morning my brother rolled in extremely inebriated He had as I suspected left me to go and meet up with some friends Our relationship hasn’t been the same since Call it an overreaction if you like but I can’t tolerate deceitfulnessIt is possibly unfair and an exaggeration but I see my brother as a kind of poster boy for the modern age the above anecdote is only one example out of thousands My generation has been raised to believe that you are important that what you want is what really matters; we are encouraged to indulge ourselves to choose ourselves if ever faced with a two courses of action one of which will benefit someone else and one that will benefit the great me ualities like honour sacrifice duty etc are becoming increasingly rare Of course I am not perfect in this regard I am not completely selfless but I am not absolutely self interested either I believe that it is important to have integrity and to be able to see outside of oneself Unfortunately I see less and less of this with each new generation“No matter how full one’s head might be with the image of greatness one was useless I found out unless one was a worthy man first”These concerns of mine are I believe one reason why Japanese literature resonates with me so much as a sizable number of their most acclaimed authors including the one under review here wrote extensively about the tension between modern and traditional values attitudes and behaviour Indeed the protagonists in Natsume Soseki’s best novels are usually indolent and self obsessed young men who find themselves at odds with their parents and the disappearing or declining ‘old’ ways of life This is certainly true of his most famous work Kokoro whose title can be roughly translated as 'heart' That title has a two fold significance heart as in love which plays an important role in the text and the heart of the matter The matter being what we have been discussing ie the changing face of JapanThe novel is split into three sections the first of which centres on the relationship between an older man Sensei and a young student who narrates the action The student whose name is never revealed is away from his family first at college and then at university in Tokyo Like Daisuke in Soseki’s And Then he is the archetypal modern Japanese He is introverted bored and unmotivated; he does study for his diploma but leaves it until the last minute and doesn’t appear to value it when he has been awarded it in the way that his parents do I call these protagonists of Soseki’s superfluous men because they have no direction no goal towards which they are striving The student like many of us goes to university not with a career in mind or even to learn but because it is something to do In fact he values Sensei – whose acuaintance he makes almost by stalking him – than his lectures or booksSensei is a kind of misanthrope who has withdrawn from a world “so full of freedom independence and our own egoistical selves” The closest word to Sensei in meaning in English is teacher; it is someone who is respected and knowledgeable It is the young man who gives him this title and so it is clear that the student is looking for guidance although Sensei himself says that the boy is lonely and looking for love In this way perhaps Soseki is saying that young people living in times where morality and values are less certain where freedom is almost absolute need help or direction It is I think the case that the freedom one has the lost or confused one can feel that freedom is actually something that we find very difficult to cope with this is in fact the clichéd modern dilemma In light of all this it is not difficult to see the older man as having a symbolic function in the novel; he is in this scenario representative of the old or traditional world Yet while that might be true to a certain extent his character is complex than it appears to be initiallyAs one progresses through the opening section it becomes clear that Sensei is harbouring a secret that something happened to him long ago to make him the way that he is One would expect that this revelation which comes in the final section would involve him being mistreated would involve some confrontation with the modern selfish dishonourable approach to life And that is at least partly the case As a young man Sensei was cheated out of his inheritance by his uncle after the death of his parents As with Balzac money or specifically a lack of it plays a major part in Soseki’s novels the idea of being relieved of an inheritance comes up again in The Gate Is Soseki saying that an obsession with money is a disease particular to the new Japan? Perhaps although I think he was making a point about how there are no truly good or bad people that our values are reliant upon circumstances that for example if you have the opportunity to steal then you will We return again to the idea of freedom I don’t know enough about Japanese history but maybe it is the case that prior to the Meiji era when the novel is set there was a strict moral prescriptivism that prevented these kinds of acts“You seem to be under the impression that there is a special breed of bad humans There is no such thing as a stereotype bad man in this world Under normal conditions everybody is or less good or at least ordinary But tempt them and they may suddenly change That is what is so frightening about men”In any case if this was all that had happened to Sensei then his character would not be particularly engaging What makes him fascinating is that he in a sense embodies the conflict that Soseki was writing about because he himself does something that is considered dishonourable I won’t go into details about what exactly that is but it is certainly something that these days would likely barely raise an eyebrow Sensei however is severely damaged by it to the extent that it dominates and ruins his life This is the sense of honour that we have previously touched upon which is for us and for Soseki’s modern Japan disappearing Yes Sensei does wrong but he feels overwhelmingly guilty about it and ultimately he takes his own life not much of a spoiler as we know Sensei is dead within a few pages of the book as a way of atoning for his behaviour There is something about the Japanese idea of honour suicide that I find extraordinarily attractive I wouldn’t be party to it myself but to give up your life as a way of trying to make amends is very powerful One could see Sensei then as someone who is both modern and traditional; he errs in a way that is consistent with the outlook of Soseki’s contemporary Japan – ie he is prepared to tread on someone else to get what he wants is prepared to exercise his freedom – but responds to this dishonourable act in a way that is consistent with the Samurai code; it is in effect an act of nobility that is out of step with the timesGeneral Akashi Gidayu preparing to commit seppukuOutside of all this modern vs traditional stuff Soseki touches upon other albeit related themes One is that of the city and the provinces The student’s parents live in a village and one is somewhat ungenerously given the impression that village life is old fashioned even backward As for the parents they note immediately that Tokyo has had an effect upon their returning son Yet even here the provincial is essentially a symbol of the traditional from which the student is trying to escape Likewise death which plays a major role in Kokoro and the tension between generations could both be seen to suggest change or the ending of an era Finally what of love? I wrote earlier that it is central to the novel but have as yet said very little about it Partly that is to do with spoilers but it is also because I am not sure how it relates to Soseki’s most obvious preoccupations In his three greatest novels – Kokoro The Gate and And Then love could be said to be both a blessing and a curse Indeed in my favourite line Sensei asks the student “do you know what it feels like to be tied down by long black hair?” Is he saying that love in the modern age is also problematic confusing and difficult? If so I guess he got that right too

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    You see loneliness is the price we have to pay for being born in this modern age so full of freedom independence and our own egotistical selvesThe uote above sums up perfectly the main theme of this classic Japanese novel The other one is guilt There is no such thing as a stereotype bad man in this world Under normal conditions everybody is or less good or at least ordinary But tempt them and they may suddenly change That is what is so frightening about men One must always be on one's guardThe young narrator meets Sensei while on vacation in Kamakura and from here begins a long odd friendship I can see why this novel became a classic but I have to admit I wasn't that moved by the characters I failed to see why Sensei was so admired by the narrator since we were not told about his merits We only learn that he is withdrawn misanthropic and that he is consumed by guild over a detail from his past We are told that he is cultured and that the narrator and his mentor have elevated discussion but there is no proof of them in the novel I enjoyed the simplicity of the writing and its plot although I wished for a bit in terms of depth

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    I aspire to compose a review This book richly deserves itUPDATE Three years later and no review but my failing is now solved I highly recommend that you read my friend Alex's review key to Kokoro is knowing yourself as a reader and whether its charms are ones you'll appreciate or reject Alex provides you the info you need to decide whether Kokoro and you will be a satisfying match

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    Beautiful classic Japanese story This is a uiet introspective book that was first published in 1996 They say great books are timeless and it’s certainly true with “Kokoro” which means Heart in JapaneseI paid 119 for the Kindle downloadand I kid you notthis thin book 248 paperback pages was very hard to pull away from Was it moving? Powerful? Thought Provoking? emotional? I’m pulling at straws trying to see if it’s possible if can covey one word that best describes this bookso farI’m failing here but I promise to come back if a word comes to me that feels ‘right’ A few things I can tell you but please be aware I’m mostly taking a sabbatical from writing reviews for awhileyet this is a book I would have enjoyed reading with a few buddies with the intention of having a lengthy discussion I mention this because I honestly think this is a great choice book to do that with At the start of this story an unnamed narrator wants to be friends with Sensei Sensei is older than the unnamed university student and Sensei doesn’t encourage their friendship Sensei is suffering from a secret guilt but we don’t learn about this until much later in the book We meet several characters which are important to this story too but primarily the focus is the relationship between the above two men I felt so sadachingly sad at the end It’s a sad storyBUT BREATHTAKING BEAUTIFUL The other day somebody said to me “loneliness is the new cancer” Honestly I hate everything about that phraseI mean ‘hate’ ityet I couldn’t stop thinking about it either WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT MEAN? This story reaches deep inside the heart of lonelinessbut not from pityI must read this book again so much to think about easy reading but MUCH TO TAKE IN

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    “Kokoro” is about a respectable man’s account of his life before he makes a great decision An unusual book which I really enjoyed and I would recommend it to readers who do not mind their stories sprinkled with an air of sadness throughout You certainly don't need to know anything about Japan or Japanese culture to appreciate and get something profound from this work Like so many great works of fiction it appeals to the human in everyone and asks those uestions every human struggles with about life and death and the ups and downs of lifeThe novel uses concrete character symbolism to depict the tension between tradition and modernity during the Meiji era Throughout the book Natsume Soseki illustrates Sensei’s connection to the spirit of the era the narrator’s relationship to modernity and his father’s resemblance to traditional Japanese culture Many Japanese people at the time were conflicted between accepting modernity and preserving traditional Japanese values Soseki beautifully depicts a young man’s transitional period after college to the Meiji era itself a time that separated pre modern Japan and modern Japan The story tackles difficult issues and does so with beauty and grace Interesting to see that issues of coping with family and finding ways to connect with others isn't just a modern day problem The book’s pace is slow at first and you will uestion where the narrative leads to but once you get into the second part and truly understand the literature you will understand the importance of this book in terms of educating humanity and morality A story about man I would say and the struggles with pride and dignity This novel is a classic by no mystery

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    VIDEO REVIEW I did a full video review on this book including some background information on Natsume and the cultural and historical context of the book19420Read this for my diverse classics book club Really enjoyed itYou can find me onYoutube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website

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    I believe you don't really become a finer person just by reading lots of booksI know a lot of Westerners are obsessed with the East and our civilization finding its mysterious inconclusiveness attractive in opposition to the somewhat dogmatic West Nonetheless it is one thing to be an outside admirer and another thing to have that blood in your vein Kokoro is a novel of frustration fragility distrust terror and hopelessness of the blood the East has in it vein a reflection on the superficial nature of our race hiding behind the appearance of moral grandness Like in the story passed on through generations those ascetic heroes who lashed themselves apparently for the sake of spiritual attainment it is actually the cruelty foolishness vanity and all kinds of superficial forces that drive the hustle and bustle of the shallow yet restless Eastern soul I can sense the chill and frustration in Soseki's gentle description of how the Eastern souls are led astray to extremity epitomized by those individuals who consciously or unconsciously willingly or unwilling followed Emperor Meji to death Indeed we don't become a finer person by reading books by devoting ourselves to a certain occupation by following any trajectory to its end as long as the sin in our nature is still sweeping upon our heart and soul This is the frustrating message that Soseki sends to me