Wrong About Japan

Wrong About Japan

A Father's Journey With His Son

Book - 2006
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Previous winner of two Booker Prizes, Peter Carey expands his extraordinary achievement with each new novel -- but now gives us something entirely different.

When famously shy Charley Carey becomes obsessed with Japanese manga and anime, Peter is not only delighted for his son, but entranced himself. Thus, with a father sharing his twelve-year-old's exotic comic books, begins a journey that will lead them both to Tokyo, where a strange Japanese boy will become both their guide and judge. The visitors quickly plunge deep into the lanes of Shitimachi -- into the "weird stuff" of modern Japan -- meeting manga artists and anime directors, "visualists" who painstakingly impersonate cartoons, and solitary "otakus" who lead a computerized existence. What emerges from these encounters is a pithy, far-ranging study of history and culture both high and low -- from samurai to salaryman, from kabuki theatre to the post-war robot craze. Peter Carey's observations are provocative, even though his hosts often point out, politely, that he is wrong about Japan. In adventures that are comic, surprising, and ultimately moving, father and son cope with and learn from each other in a place far from home.


"No Real Japan," said Charley. "You've got to promise. No temples. No museums."

"What could we do?"

"We could buy cool manga."

"There'll be no English translations."

"I don't care. I'd eat raw fish."

--excerpt from Wrong About Japan


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2006, c2005.
Edition: Vintage Canada ed. --
ISBN: 9780679313489
0679313486
Characteristics: 158 p. :,ill.

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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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