[Epub] ➜ A Man ➝ Keiichirō Hirano – Mgiworx.co.uk

A Man An interesting book, though I found the writing a little odd, often stilted, generally unemotional, the main character, Kido, is often going into reveries, and whether that s how it was written in Japanese, or because of the translation, I have no way to know There s an emotional flatness I m not sure was intended, and as a result it s hard to really burrow into the story or the characters The synopsis fully explains the plot. I don t know why there isn tattention being paid to this book in the U.S Keiichir Hirano is an award winning author in Japan, well known for his philosophical TED talks, and yet this is his first novel to be translated for English speakers Rich in content, it holds the reader from the very first page not only because of its dual set of mysteries, but also because of its insights into the Japanese culture I first became aware of the difficulties faced by Korean inhabitants in Japan thro I don t know why there isn tattention being paid to this book in the U.S Keiichir Hirano is an award winning author in Japan, well known for his philosophical TED talks, and yet this is his first novel to be translated for English speakers Rich in content, it holds the reader from the very first page not only because of its dual set of mysteries, but also because of its insights into the Japanese culture I first became aware of the difficulties faced by Korean inhabitants in Japan through the wonderful novel Pachinko, and here there is an expansion of that theme Through Kido, the attorney at the center of the novel, we learn of the process of identity, not only with the central storyline, but also with other cases he handles So many thought provoking quotes, but I ll just give one It s unbearable to have your identity summed up by one thing and one thing only and for other people to have control over what that is Another book that I found by chance from the monthlyPrime free book promotional email and opened it as I am a fan of Japanese literature though my interest in it comes and goes in waves only to captivate me so much that I put down everything else I was reading trying at the time Not only that but A Man kept me turning pages until the end and I regretted when it ended with a good conclusion, but it definitely could have gone for a whileas the main storyline closes, but a few s Another book that I found by chance from the monthlyPrime free book promotional email and opened it as I am a fan of Japanese literature though my interest in it comes and goes in waves only to captivate me so much that I put down everything else I was reading trying at the time Not only that but A Man kept me turning pages until the end and I regretted when it ended with a good conclusion, but it definitely could have gone for a whileas the main storyline closes, but a few secondary ones remain open.Very Japanese though quite modern, the novel is about a middle aged family lawyer who tries to forget his arid marriage by helping a former client of his from a contested divorce who in the meantime moved to her parents home, took over the family business and remarried with a stranger working in a local wood mill only to discover after his tragic accidental death that everything she thought she knew about her husband was a lie Getting involved in unraveling the mystery which depends on intricacies of Japanese customs and laws regarding personal identity Akira Kido, the main character, starts understanding and even wistfully thinking of doing it himself why a man would want to annihilate his past and take on the identity of a complete stranger without necessary being a criminal, a debtor, fleeing from family responsibilities or something similar Overall great stuff and a captivating novel that you won t put down until the end and regret when you turn the last page All my favorite things liver transplant, body doubles, penguins, literary allusions, philosophy This is a psychological story my preference as well as a detective story The language I read the English translation by Eli K.P William feels modern and fresh. Thought provokingThis novel examines the nature of identity The author moves in concentric circles, expanding outward in wide swaths from the original point of self The narrative is the vehicle for the philosophical search of Who am I Is the sum of our identity gained from familial belonging, in the roles we play in relation to others, our socio economic class, our profession, our nationality, our ethnicity Does our identity change due to experiences which shape us The author dives into Thought provokingThis novel examines the nature of identity The author moves in concentric circles, expanding outward in wide swaths from the original point of self The narrative is the vehicle for the philosophical search of Who am I Is the sum of our identity gained from familial belonging, in the roles we play in relation to others, our socio economic class, our profession, our nationality, our ethnicity Does our identity change due to experiences which shape us The author dives into all of these questions, but the overriding areas of key interest to him are can we take on the identity of another, are we who we think we are or are weaccurately known by how others see us, and in the search for another can we also learnabout ourselves The story is a good one, but it s the introspection, the philosophical nature of the protagonist, which gripped me This book reminded me very much of Citizen Kane and there can be very few bigger compliments I could pay a piece of art Full review soon on my blog I have always thought of writing novels that, rather than making people s hands unable to stop turning to the next page, are so immersive that a reader would want to bask in it forever, in a state of both wanting and not wanting to turn to the next page That statement is from Keiichiro Hirano s website It s a statement that perfectly sums up, for me, Haruki Murakami novels.To compere Hirano to Murakami is probably unfair, because Murakami is one of my favourite novelists of all time He does I have always thought of writing novels that, rather than making people s hands unable to stop turning to the next page, are so immersive that a reader would want to bask in it forever, in a state of both wanting and not wanting to turn to the next page That statement is from Keiichiro Hirano s website It s a statement that perfectly sums up, for me, Haruki Murakami novels.To compere Hirano to Murakami is probably unfair, because Murakami is one of my favourite novelists of all time He does however, like Murakami, feature music, specifically Jazz No opera though, or cats I did find myself listening to Masabumi Kichuchi a lot after reading this Does Hirano achieve the aim of his statement in A Man Well yes I think he does I loved his style, very subtle emotionally, something I find in Murakami s work He also has a fine eye for detail There is a scene where one of the characters, Kido, is thinking of having a few drinks in a bar when a Masabumi Kichuchi piano solo comes on, The tempo seemed to slowly dismantle time, each note a clear droplet that fell and spread overlapping ripples through the silent interior I loved that description Even though you may not have heard Kichuchi, you feel as if you can almost hear the music in your head.A slight criticism is that the style isn t consistent This could be down to the translation, I notice this was mentioned in another review and I agree there were parts where it was a bit chunky and didn t flow smoothly But this is a minor criticism and doesn t deter you from enjoying the book.The story is about mortality and identity What is it that defines you We all at times look at other people and think their lives are better, what would it be like if you could live their lives But how would you achieve this Could mendacious sincerity, consummately performed, be the ultimate deception Hirano also covers heavy topics such racism and the death penalty In fact he packs an awful lot into just under 300 pages on the Kindle version There is an awful lot to think about On top of this A Man is also a detective story and is quite complex and dark.The story concerns Rie Takemoto, who s second husband, Daisuke Taniguchi is killed in a logging accident He had told her never to contact his family if he died, but after a year she writes to his mother.After this his brother arrives and it is discovered that the man who Rie had been married to was not all he seemed This is the basis of the story but not all of it It is multi layered Rie employs a lawyer, Kido, to unravel the mystery of Daisuke Most of the book is centred around him He too has identity problems He becomes obsessed with the story of Rie s husband, who he refers to as X.There is a lot of information given by Hirano about Japanese law, the family register system and Korean racism within Japan It also deals with psychology and what makes us who we are This may be too cerebral for some, but I didn t find this I found it entertaining and interesting, and at times yes, I did linger on a page wanting and not wanting to turn the page I found at the end I had highlighted a considerable amount of the text Text that I wanted to go back and read again.Despite my minor criticism I was impressed by A Man, so much so that I look forward totranslations of Keiichiro Hirano s books It s beautifully written, It s not an edge of your seat thriller but it is a good detective novel In the West, when a person seeks a new identity, it s usually for profit We call that identity theft In Japan, where honor means a lotthan it does in the West, people also can be moved to seek a new identity because of shame In THE MAN, Hirano gives us a fascinating detective story that revolves around that uniquely Japanese motivation In this instance, a character wants to conceal his familial criminal background, while the obsessed inquisitor struggles with his own shame from passing In the West, when a person seeks a new identity, it s usually for profit We call that identity theft In Japan, where honor means a lotthan it does in the West, people also can be moved to seek a new identity because of shame In THE MAN, Hirano gives us a fascinating detective story that revolves around that uniquely Japanese motivation In this instance, a character wants to conceal his familial criminal background, while the obsessed inquisitor struggles with his own shame from passing as Japanese while actually being Korean Akiro Kido is a lawyer, specializing in civil matters, who is enlisted by a former client to discover who her recently deceased husband was and why he had switched identities with another man Of course, Kido has skeletons in his own closet, so the lure of this challenge is understandable As Kido steps through the looking glass into the underworld of identity switching, Hirano gives the reader a wonderfully complex story with backstories on the switchers and Kido, as well as explorations of familial dysfunctions and the psychosocial issues that can drive such behavior This translation is not an easy read mainly because of the multilayered nature of the plot, along with a Westerner s unfamiliarity with Japanese legal precedents and names Yet a persistent reader is rewarded with a compelling page turner, complete with a satisfying conclusion and insights into universal themes of racism, memory and ancestral legacy It s unbearable to have your identity summed up by one thing and one thing only and for other people to have control over what that is Keiichir Hirano has spun an intriguing psychological tale A Man presents its readers with an in depth and carefully paced mystery revolving around identity theft.Hirano novel s opening is rather metafictional as it is narrated by an unmanned novelist who after bumping into a man called Akira Kido becomes fascinated by Kido s own obsession with another man t It s unbearable to have your identity summed up by one thing and one thing only and for other people to have control over what that is Keiichir Hirano has spun an intriguing psychological tale A Man presents its readers with an in depth and carefully paced mystery revolving around identity theft.Hirano novel s opening is rather metafictional as it is narrated by an unmanned novelist who after bumping into a man called Akira Kido becomes fascinated by Kido s own obsession with another man the narrator goes on to compare the story he s about to tell to a painting by Ren Magritte entitled Not to Be Reproduced With all the unique characters that make an appearance, some of you might wonder why on earth I didn t pick one of the bit players to be the protagonist While Kido san will in fact obsessed with the life of a man, it is in Kido san, viewed from behind as he chases this man, that I sensed something to be seen Kido is a divorce attorney who has become detached from his wife She, in turn, shows little interest in him or his job and is rather unsympathetic when it comes to his Zainichi background that is ethnically Korean residents of Japan Kido s practical and reserved nature frustrate his wife who often mistakes impassiveness for callousness While Kido disapproves of his wife s strict parenting style, she mistakes his reserved disposition as a sign of callousness When a growingly disillusioned Kido is contacted by Ri Takemoto, a former client of his, he finds himself drawn into the life of another man After Ri s second husband dies in a work related accident, she discovers that his name and past are that of another man Throughout the course of his investigation Kido questions X s motives What could make someone want to conceal their true name or background And what constitutes an identity As Kido comes in contact with the various individuals and families connected to X, and as his relationship with his own wife becomes further strained, he grows fond of this unknown X and starts to see the appeal of starting over.Although Kido s investigation is the running thread that connects together these seemingly disparate characters and events, it sometimes seemsof a background The narrative provides a panoramic view of the characters Kido comes into contact during the course of his investigation While many of Kido s thoughts are dedicated to X and issues of identity, he s an erudite and his mind will often wonder down philosophical paths He makes many literary allusions he compares his stance towards other Zainichi as being similar to the way in which Levin from Anna Karenina views peasants Kido s precarious relationship to his ethnicity is one of the novel s main motifs Since he had grown up almost entirely as a Japanese person even before he naturalized, he was profoundly uneasy with the idea that he was either a direct victim or perpetuator of the troubles the best Korean enclaves Kido passes most of his time in contemplation He muses on the myth of Narcissus, the nature vs nurture debate, questions his marriage, and those of other people, considers the notion of an identity and broods over his own loneliness Yes, loneliness He did not shy from this word to express the dark emotion that had been seething in his chest of late It was a bottomless, middle aged kind of loneliness that he never could have even conceived when he was younger, a loneliness that saturated him with bone chilling sentimentality the moment he let down his guard Hirano s Japan is vividly rendered From its recent history to its social norms, Hirano s novel provides plenty of insights into contemporary Japan There are extensive discussions on Japan s penal and legal system given Kido s line of work there is a lot on divorce and custody laws.As much as I liked novel identity concealment makes for a fascinating subject I was deeply disappointed by the abrupt way it ended After spending so much time with Kido, I felt cheated by those final chapters Kido is seemingly discarded, and readers are left wondering what exactly he will do after he makes an important discovery.Still, I would probably recommend this one, especially to those who are interested in learning about contemporary Japan or for those who preferthought provoking and philosophical mysteries A Man Follows Another Man S Trail Of Lies In A Compelling Psychological Story About The Search For Identity, By Japan S Award Winning Literary Sensation Keiichiro Hirano In His First Novel To Be Translated Into English Akira Kido Is A Divorce Attorney Whose Own Marriage Is In Danger Of Being Destroyed By Emotional Disconnect With A Midlife Crisis Looming, Kido S Life Is Upended By The Reemergence Of A Former Client, Ri Takemoto She Wants Kido To Investigate A Dead Man Her Recently Deceased Husband, Daisuk Upon His Death She Discovered That He D Been Living A Lie His Name, His Past, His Entire Identity Belonged To Someone Else, A Total Stranger The Investigation Draws Kido Into Two Intriguing Mysteries Finding Out Who Ri S Husband Really Was And Discovering About The Man He Pretended To Be Soon, With Each New Revelation, Kido Will Come To Share The Obsession With And The Lure Of Erasing One Life To Create A New OneIn A Man, Winner Of Japan S Prestigious Yomiuri Prize For Literature, Keiichiro Hirano Explores The Search For Identity, The Ambiguity Of Memory, The Legacies With Which We Live And Die, And The Reconciliation Of Who You Hoped To Be With Who You Ve Actually Become ☆ Muerte en Hamburgo (Jan Fabel, PDF / Epub ✩ Author Craig Russell – Mgiworx.co.uk By Japan S Award Winning Literary Sensation Keiichiro Hirano In His First Novel To Be Translated Into English Akira Kido Is A Divorce Attorney Whose Own Marriage Is In Danger Of Being Destroyed By Emotional Disconnect With A Midlife Crisis Looming !!> PDF / Epub ☁ Jazz Age Stories ✍ Author F. 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About the Author: Keiichirō Hirano

Keiichir Hirano Hirano Keiichir , born June 22, 1975 is a Japanese novelist.Hirano was born in Gamagori, Aichi prefecture, Japan He published his first novel Nisshoku, in 1998 and won the Akutagawa Prize the next year as one of the youngest winners ever at 23 years of age He graduated from the Law Department of Kyoto University in 1999 In 2005 he was nominated as a cultural ambassador and spent a year in France.


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