Kokoro by Natsume SosekiKokoro by Natsume Soseki

Kokoro

byNatsume Soseki

Paperback | August 11, 2006

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Hailed by The New Yorker as "rich in understanding and insight," Kokoro — "the heart of things" — is the work of one of Japan's most popular authors. This thought-provoking trilogy of stories explores the very essence of loneliness and stands as a stirring introduction to modern Japanese literature.
Title:KokoroFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.38 × 0.68 inPublished:August 11, 2006Publisher:Dover PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0486451399

ISBN - 13:9780486451398

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Japanese Literature!!! Natsume Soseki was the father of modern Japanese literature and 'Kokoro' was the last novel he completed before his death in 1916. Who knew that 94 years later his books would still be being read by people all over the world. This is a story about a friendship between to unnamed characters, a young man and an enigmatic elder whom he calls "Sensei". Sensei is haunted by tragic secrets that have cast a black cloud over his life and stunted his ability to live, to truly live. Sensei eventually begins to open up to his young friend but it isn't until Sensei writes his young friend a long letter that we truly come to understand why Sensei was the man he was. The contents of the letter were quite startling and completely surprising. When I read one certain part of the letter, I actually sucked in an audible gasp! I was so engrossed in this novel that I couldn't believe I was on the last page already, I wanted there to be more. I highly recommend this novel for everyone. And, while you're all reading this one, I'm going to order some of his other novels which sound equally as good.
Date published: 2010-05-30