Wrong About Japan

A Father's Journey With His Son

Carey, Peter

Book - 2005
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Wrong About Japan
The recipient of two Booker Prizes, Peter Carey expands his extraordinary achievement with each new novel-and now gives us something entirely different. When famously shy Charley becomes obsessed with Japanese manga and anime, Peter is not only delighted for his son but also entranced himself. Thus begins a journey, with a father sharing his twelve-year-old's exotic comic books, that ultimately leads them to Tokyo, where a strange Japanese boy will become both their guide and judge. Quickly the visitors plunge deep into the lanes of Shitimachi-into the "weird stuff" of modern Japan-meeting manga artists and anime directors; painstaking impersonators called "visualists," who adopt a remarkable variety of personae; and solitary otakus, whose existence is thoroughly computerized. What emerges from these encounters is a far-ranging study of history and of culture both high and low-from samurai to salaryman, from Kabuki theater to the postwar robot craze. Peter Carey's observations are always provocative, even when his hosts point out, politely, that he is once again wrong about Japan. And his adventures with Charley are at once comic, surprising, and deeply moving, as father and son cope with and learn from each other in a strange place far from home. This is, in the end, a remarkable portrait of a culture-whether Japan or adolescence-that looks eerily familiar but remains tantalizingly closed to outsiders.

Publisher: New York :, Knopf,, 2005
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 1400043115
Branch Call Number: 915.2 Ca
Characteristics: 158 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm


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Jul 07, 2012

The author's teen son accompanied him on his trip to Japan, then explained he wanted to meet someone known through e-mail and their interest in anime and manga. The author insisted on vetting. After passing first meeting, the author discovered his humble circumstances living with his single mother and working in a fast food outlet. Worried about the influence below high expectations, the author forbade his son to see or communicate with this other. Although the son resisted and expressed interest in this opportunity, not fazed by the economic bracket, the father cut short the trip. Obviously he didn't explain it well to his son and didn`t improve in this book. Can someone who poorly judges be trusted as a writer


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Oct 30, 2014

Coarse Language: F-word on page 56 (having seen up to page 80 in the book).


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