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And Then by Natsume Sōseki

And Then (1909)

by Natsume Sōseki

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Series: Soseki's First Trilogy (book 2)

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An intense and profound book. Is our hero Daisuke a decadent dandy or a sensitive soul who transcends society's boundaries by the purity of his spirit? He steals the love of his best friend's wife, but what will he do about it? This is also a book of its time: In just a generation, Japan had transformed from a society where young men's street fights were fought with swords to the world of business, commerce and polite society. All that will echo through the book through Daisuke's inaction and the reactions of his friend, his brother, his father and the woman he covets. A strange and troubling tragedy. ( )
1 vote SteveSilkin | Oct 3, 2011 |
Protagonist suffers from chronic ennui, mopes around home all day. Second in a 'trilogy' with Sanshiro and Mon.
  honotaku | Jun 27, 2010 |
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"And Then," ranked as one of Soseki Natsume's most insightful and stirring novels, tells the story of Daisuke, a young Japanese man struggling with his personal purpose and identity, as well as the changing social landscape of Meiji-era Japan. As Japan enters the 20th century, ancient customs give way to western ideals, creating a perfect storm of change in a culture that operates on the razor's edge of societal obligation and personal freedom.… (more)

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