No Longer Human, Volume 1
  • No Longer Human, Volume 1
  • No Longer Human, Volume 1
  • No Longer Human, Volume 1
ISBN: 0811204812
EAN13: 9780811204811
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 17, 1973
Pages: 177
Dimensions: 0.63" H x 7.87" L x 5.12" W
Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Portraying himself as a failure, the protagonist of Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human narrates a seemingly normal life even while he feels himself incapable of understanding human beings. Oba Yozo's attempts to reconcile himself to the world around him begin in early childhood, continue through high school, where he becomes a clown to mask his alienation, and eventually lead to a failed suicide attempt as an adult. Without sentimentality, he records the casual cruelties of life and its fleeting moments of human connection and tenderness.

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5
   Amazing!
I loved this book. One of my favorites. If you want to connect with the book personally, you have to pay attention to what you read. I absolutely loved it. It's!
 
3
   Book was for my daughter. She has wanted it for a while.
The book was not damaged. I purchased items for myself. I will try to find other ways to purchase books for her. I don't want to order anything from you again.
 
5
   A little lost in translation
The only thing that I don't like about this book is that some sentences can get lost in translation, which is not the translator's fault, but it's just like it's the best that I can translate.
 
5
   A classic for humans to read; fantasize to experience.
One of my favorites. There is a part of a person that feels like they aren't one. It is a recommended read. I realized that everyone is hiding a story behind their laughs.
 
5
   Big Oof
This book is a classic. It is a tough read. I had to take breaks. It is written beautifully and with humor but with a lot of sadness. It is definitely worth the time and effort.
 
5
   Unique and interesting
It's very unique because it was referred by a friend. It's good for fans of unique novels.
 
4
   Something Lost In Translation
I thought this was a good book but parts were hard to follow and I suspect something was lost in the translation from Japanese to English. I will not give it three stars because of the translator. Some interpretations of parts that I don't believe are valid are a result of this. It's a great book, but I would like to know if there are other translations out there. A Japanese translation of the book could give a better understanding if it were done by someone with a better understanding of the culture than a Western scholar.
 
4
   Exuberant Sadness
The narrator of No Longer Human is a bundle of social anxiety, addiction, and depression that plays out through a joking mask shown to the world. Through the notebooks readers watch the narrator use and be used by those around him as he decides thatsociety is not something he can participate in. Readers are asked to consider what makes us individually human, because of the inability and lack of desire to interface with society. Even though the self-destructive spiral was painful to read and sad, I liked the psychological aspects of the novel.
 
5
   Great story, low quality book.
The story is great. I liked what the author wrote so I gave it 5 stars. After about 30 minutes of reading, the pages began to fall out. The job was done by the publisher.
 
5
   I can feel the depression of Dazai from the book ...
The print of the book is not very good, but I can feel the depression of Dazai from the book, which is a must read.
 
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