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The Honorable Picnic: A 1920s Novel about Japan

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Written in 1924, this has been called the best novel ever written about Japan, and its charm remains undiminished. The French author, a pilot during World War I, was sent to Japan as a flying instructor after the war, and this book is a fictionalized account of the year he spent there. Writing in deceptively simple style and displaying an exceptional gift for observation, Raucat tells of a trip to the holiday island of Enoshima that goes badly wrong. By adopting the perspectives of different people in his narrative — the foreigner bent on seduction, the poor young girl who is the object of his interest, the station-master at the train station where the two are supposed to meet, the proprietress of a hotel, the girl's friend and her spoiled son, a geisha and a young man — he builds up a complex picture and a mood that shifts quickly from light to shadows, offering penetrating insights into the Japanese character, and capturing the heady and rarely-portrayed atmosphere of Tokyo in the twenties.

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Published in 1924, this has been called the best novel ever written about Japan. The French author, a pilot during World War I, offers a complex fictionalized account of life in Japan and Tokyo during the twenties.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780710312006
Publisher:
Routledge
Subject:
General
Editor:
Herwitz, Daniel
Editor:
Kelly, Michael
Author:
Prifti, Peter
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
Kegan Paul Japan Library
Publication Date:
20060231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
326

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The Honorable Picnic: A 1920s Novel about Japan
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"Synopsis" by , Published in 1924, this has been called the best novel ever written about Japan. The French author, a pilot during World War I, offers a complex fictionalized account of life in Japan and Tokyo during the twenties.
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