A True Novel

A True Novel A remaking of Emily Bront s Wuthering Heights set in postwar Japan A True Novel begins in New York in the s where we meet Taro a relentlessly ambitious Japanese immigrant trying to make his fort

  • Title: A True Novel
  • Author: Minae Mizumura Juliet Winters Carpenter
  • ISBN: 9781590512036
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Paperback
  • A remaking of Emily Bront s Wuthering Heights set in postwar Japan A True Novel begins in New York in the 1960s, where we meet Taro, a relentlessly ambitious Japanese immigrant trying to make his fortune Flashbacks and multilayered stories reveal his life an impoverished upbringing as an orphan, his eventual rise to wealth and success despite racial and class prejudice A remaking of Emily Bront s Wuthering Heights set in postwar Japan A True Novel begins in New York in the 1960s, where we meet Taro, a relentlessly ambitious Japanese immigrant trying to make his fortune Flashbacks and multilayered stories reveal his life an impoverished upbringing as an orphan, his eventual rise to wealth and success despite racial and class prejudice and an obsession with a girl from an affluent family that has haunted him all his life A True Novel then widens into an examination of Japan s westernization and the emergence of a middle class The winner of Japan s prestigious Yomiuri Literature Prize, Mizumura has written a beautiful novel, with love at its core, that reveals, above all, the power of storytelling.

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    1. Five stars for the first half of this novel. I am eagerly (and impatiently) waiting for the publisher to send me the second half.Don't be scared off by the page count. When I requested this book, I wasn't sure if I was up for almost 900 pages. But I flew threw the first half in 3 1/2 days, without rushing. I suspect when I get to the end I will want it to go on even longer. I will want to know more about Taro and Fumiko and Yusuke and the author, who inserts herself very cleverly into the novel. [...]

    2. A Japanese retelling of my favorite classic Wuthering Heights? Where do I sign up? Minae Mizumura writes beautifully about the life of Taro Azuma. Taro’s a man who intrigues her family with his enigmatic and sometimes dark personality. Mizumura meets this man as a private chauffer for her father’s boss. As time goes on, the only chattering heard about Taro is that he’s slowly making a name for his self and acquiring massive amounts of wealth. The information of Taro’s history is unknown [...]

    3. A True NovelFirst of all, the highest praise to Juliet Winters Carpenter and Ann Sherif, whose translation of “A True Novel” sets the bar higher for literature in translation. So often books translated from Japanese have a stiff, quaint feel, but their work on “A True Novel” is gorgeous; fluid, emotionally true. The characters spring off the page, completely realistic and believable whether they wear kimono or jeans. “A True Novel” is being touted as a retelling of “Wuthering Heigh [...]

    4. The title of this book “A True Novel” apparently specifically references a type of literature popular in Japan a while back. From the Prologue: The term “true novel” once played a crucial role in the development of modern Japanese literature. The period when Japan opened its doors to the West, beginning in 1868, coincided with what might be called the golden era of the Western novel. It also coincided with a period when an evolutionary theory of civilization--one which included the idea [...]

    5. Perhaps the best tribute I can pay this novel is that after 854 pages I was still enthralled and disappointed that it ended.At face value this is a Japanese re-imagining of Wuthering Heights, complete with a Heathcliff (Taro), Cathy (Yoko) and Edgar (Masayuki), the maid Nelly who tells much of the story (Fumiko) and the Lockwood listener to the tale (Yusuke).You don't need to have read Wuthering Heights to appreciate A True Novel, indeed it may be better not to have done so and avoid the risk of [...]

    6. A little perplexed by its genre-like title, in early last January I first came across this book with its sombre brownish covers denoting a sort of Japanese design. I wondered then if I had time and motive to keep going till the end; however, I was attracted by the two lines in capital letters above and below its 7-line synopsis proclaiming "SPECIALLY SELECTED FOR THE JAPANESE LITERATURE PUBLISHING PROJECT (JLPP)" and "THE WINNER OF JAPAN'S PRESTIGIOUS YOMURI LITERATURE PRIZE" (back cover). There [...]

    7. "A True Novel" is what it says, a true story (or rather a re-imagined story) set in Japan and the US that spans several decades between WWII and the 90s. It starts with a very long (160+ page) autobiographical prelude where the author shares her experiences with the protagonist of the novel. This novel is a retelling of a simple love story between two individuals from a different socioeconomic class. This is probably the only similarity between "A True Novel" and "Wuthering Heights". Overall, fa [...]

    8. This book is often billed as a Japanese retelling of Wuthering Heights, which is fair enough given that in the lengthy prologue Minae Mizumura explicitly acknowledges that this is her goal. And while this novel certainly owes its central, tempestuous relationship and main character archetypes to Emily Brontë, the ways in which A True Novel builds upon and departs from Wuthering Heights is what makes it a worthwhile read. Where Wuthering Heights is rooted in the desolate moodiness of the 19th-ce [...]

    9. Take Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, move the story to post-war Japan, stretch it to twice its original length, and you have A True Novel. The premise sounds great and the two-volume set is absolutely gorgeous. Looks can be deceiving however. Not only is this novel a chore to get through at times, but the pages literally fall out of this cheaply-bound puppy like sheet music inevitably falls from the music stand on the night of the performance.It's been some years since I read Wuthering Height [...]

    10. One of the best books I have ever read, hands down.Reading this was like peeling an onion, layer by layer, tears leaking every step of the way.At its heart, this book is about love, but it's also about jealousy, racism, class mobility, the westernization of Japan post-WWII & the emergence of the middle class.I think this book is better than the source its adapting: Wuthering Heights. The English translation is the best English translation of any Japanese source material I've ever read. I hop [...]

    11. I kind of wish I hadn't read this booke all other romance novels I have read subsequently seem so cliche and dull and happy. In some scenes, I had to walk away from the novel since I became way too absorbedJesus, this book is so disturbing and heart breaking it's going to haunt me for the rest of my life.

    12. Storm raging outside. Me, reading Minae Mizumura's book inside. While the storm is still raging outside, I just finished the book. Loved it. Longer review soon.

    13. it has been years (decades) since i read 'wuthering heights' so it is difficult to find parallels beyond the general theme of poor boy obsessed with rich girl and as one of my efriends calls it 'full complement of angry, mean, soulless, raving, spiteful, whiny, &/or lunatic characters.' and another efriends says 'nietzche-spouting toddlers' so maybe it is fortunate i have forgotten it. the characters here are much more likeable, from what i recall, though to the end become sortof romantic id [...]

    14. I found this completely by chance and now I don't remember my life before I started reading it. I would've been fine reading hundreds and hundreds more pages until every last bit of the houses had crumbled to dust, and nobody lived anymore that remembered these families because it's hard to let go. I don't want to. It's been surreal living with these characters knowing every detail of their lives through the generations. There's a story within a story within a story and now I feel like I have to [...]

    15. No soy capaz de escribir algo sobre esta novela ahora. Seguramente mañana lo haga. Tengo pena.

    16. Extraordinary. The reviews I read before reading A True Novel compared it to Wuthering Heights, which I think is mmm maybe a little deceptive. I love Wuthering Heights, of course, and it's easy to see where the comparison comes from but this book and its characters don't have the cruelty and the will to destroy the lives of the people they love that you see in that book. Sorry, not sure if that counts as a spoiler. The tale that Mizumura tells is a little bit gothic in the sense that there are g [...]

    17. Book LustIt’s no secret that I love Japanese literature. There’s something about it that takes over my mind as I’m reading and creates an addiction. It began when I read Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84. That wasn’t so long ago, but it’s become one of my favorite genres. This book I’ve just finished, A True Novel by Minae Mizumura, solidified it even more.A True Novel is a story within a story within another story. It revolves around one mysterious man with a tragic history. The book begins [...]

    18. This misty reimagining of 'Wuthering Heights', set in post-war Japan, honestly and brazenly unites the East and West. Now don't let the long prologue throw you off. This book may take you some time to get into (it is 900 pages). Nonetheless, this nestling doll of stories dreamily follows Heathcliff Esque (protagonist) through a childhood, riddled with poverty and discrimination-to then his stupendous growth in wealth. This novel opens beautifully into a study of Japan's postwar Westernization an [...]

    19. This book is billed as a modern Wuthering Heights set in Postwar Japan!!!!! LEMME AT IT! I dove right in. and then waded through 80 pages and felt no further along than I was on page 1. Seriously, you can begin this book at page 80 and you'll be just fine. If there's anyone out there willing to keep wading, I'd love to hear if it turns a corner. I'd be happy to pick up where I left off if it's worth it. The two-star review reflects only the first 80 pages. I would be happy to increase that ratin [...]

    20. I won this book from First Reads.This book was an amazing read, I loved how well it was written and how poetic it was. I've never read "Wuthering Heights" before but after reading this book I'm going to have to read it and compare the two stories. This story was definitely not one that I expected and the ending was unexpected as well. If I wasn't a mother I wouldn't have put the book down, the characters and story were so captivating it was almost like the reader was there living through it as [...]

    21. One of the best novels I've read in many years. A retelling (and relocation: Japan) of "Wuthering Heights" with a surprising twist at the end. The novel has many frames and stories within stories, so it takes quite some time to get to the actual Bronte story--but, hey, it's 850 pages. Chapeau to Juliet Winters Carpenter for the translation!

    22. Well, I wondered: was A TRUE NOVEL really true? But by the time I was 3/4 through the two-volume work, I decided no, it couldn't be.So two questions arise then. The first is, how do I know it's not true? What are my assumptions about "real" life as opposed to fictional life? I think my conclusion was based on the fact that everything fit so neatly together. We expect this in a novel, consider it a flaw if integrity of plot, at the very least, is lacking. But life isn't like that. Or, rather, may [...]

    23. There are some books that move you, entertain you, shock you, as you flip through their pages. Others leave you angry or dissatisfied, only for you to develop a newfound appreciation for them days or weeks after you’ve finished reading, after having let the plot and characters simmer in your mind, haunting your thoughts, an enduring presence while you go through your day. And then there are still others that sink their claws into you from the first page, burrow ever deeper as you progress thro [...]

    24. How do I describe this novel? It haunts me in ways that I find hard to articulate and even understand. I picked this book up first, because it was about postwar Japan and secondly, it was about star crossed lovers-a “Wuthering Heights“ set in Japan, or so the reviewers said. ”Intriguing,” I thought and bought the book. But from the very beginning it became clear that this was so much more than a Japanese Wuthering Heights.The book begins with the author, a novelist, explaining that she w [...]

    25. A True Novel - Minae Mizumura 5 starsI’m in the unusual position of believing that this was an exceptional 5 star book, and not knowing who I might encourage to read it. I would probably discourage most people from reading it. I liked it, but I’d hate to feel responsible for trapping another person in its 854 slow moving pages. The book has been called a Japanese Wuthering Heights. That is the description that grabbed my attention. There are also some heavy overtones of The Great Gatsby, whi [...]

    26. I got absolutely lost in this story, I mean in the best way. This is a story within a story within a story within . well, it's complicated. It begins in New York, where the Mizumura family has relocated so that Mr. Mizumura can pursue work opportunities. We see things through young Minae's eyes, and she is NOT happy to be in America. Her father befriends Taro, an immigrant working as a chauffeur for an American business executive, and through the family's contact with Taro, we are drawn deeper a [...]

    27. Author: Minae MizumuraLength: 854 pagesGenre: FictionWhere did it come from? Nikki YorozuyaWhy do I have it? Third annual Autumn Book exchangeSummary: Loosely based on Wuthering Heights, A True Novel tells the story of Yoko and Taro, lifelong friends and lost loves. The book is set in Japan and the setting is almost like another character.Review: When I first started A True Novel I was intimidated by its length and wondered if a book about Japan could hold my interest all the way through. I read [...]

    28. In theory I agree with the old adage "don't judge a book by it's cover" but I will admit that I bought and read A True Novel because of the wonderful design of the box set. Other Press did a wonderful job with this novel.As far as what is between the cover of these two volumes, this novel is wonderful. It's long but I didn't find myself thinking that it should have been edited more (there were a few times that it did kind of linger in that "middle-novel" limbo, but then something interesting wou [...]

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