Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Written in , Natsume Soseki’s “Botchan” is based on the author’s experience as a teacher in a “barbaric” country town at a time when. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Botchan by Natsume Soseki.

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Botchan (Master Darling) by Soseki Natsume

The complete botcban ‘s Review:. In Botchan the narrator recounts his life, focussing mainly on the short period he spent as a teacher in the Japanese countryside.

His childhood wasn’t particularly pleasant, with his older brother the favoured child, and the only person he has any real affection for is the family maid, Kiyo. She looks out for him — and is the one who call’s him ‘Botchan’, even after he’s probably outgrown the nickname — and dreams of one day going to live and work in his home when he’s grown up. First his mother and eventually his father dies, and Botchan at least receives enough from the inheritance to make himself independent.


He vacillates between setting up a business and getting an education, and eventually decides on getting a degree. In deciding what to study as elsewhere his impulsiveness is on prominent display: This, I figured, was meant to be, so I took a look at their list of regulations, and signed up right then and there.

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He lucks into a teaching job after he graduates, and sets out for the provinces. Botchan has an attitude problem, and this makes for much of the appeal botdhan the novel. His lack of respect he’ll show it, where eoseki be, but he’s entirely unimpressed by the hollow rituals of respect so widespread in Japan must be especially shocking and subversively appealing to Japanese readers, but even those not familiar with that specific culture can appreciate his no-nonsense attitude — especially given the amount of nonsense around him.

Botchan is entirely unimpressed by the people he has to deal with. He’s also — as he’s the first to admit — a bit slow on the uptake “I may have courage, but I don’t have the brains to match”so he’s never entirely sure where he stands as the other teachers and his landlords and students maneuver around him. He’s also a man of honour — and, as far as he can tell, no one else around him is.


Told to consider his career before taking a decisive step he is outraged: Doing what’s right is more important.

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Botchan is a loner, though he can get along with others when he has soseji. The narrative shifts around, the emphasis on specific episodes such as the pranks the students pull on him and some of the affairs of the other teachers. A sympathetic narrator, prone to rash acts, Botchan’s story of his life as a teacher is bumpy and comes to a fairly quick and somewhat simplistic conclusion but entertaining.

And despite Botchan’s negativism and quite a few bad things that happenit’s also surprisingly cheerful, a nice mix of the serious and comic that help make the book particularly winning. A bit rough in its telling, Botchan is a quick and enjoyable read. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs.

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