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Inside My Glass Doors [Paperback]

Natsume Soseki , Sammy Tsunematsu
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Oct. 15 2002 Tuttle Classics
Originally published as Garusudo no Uchi in daily serialization in the Asahi newspaper in 1915, before appearing in book form, this is the first time Inside My Glass Doors has been published in English. It is a moving literary reminiscence, a collection of thirty-nine autobiographical essays penned a year before the author's death. Written in the genre of shohin (little items), the personal vignettes provide a kaleidoscopic view of Natsume Soseki's private world and shed light on his concerns as a novelist.

Readers are at once ushered into Soseki's book-lined study, in his residence in Kikui-cho, as he muses on his present situation and reflects on the past. The story is filled with flashbacks to Soseki's youth-his classmates, his family, and his old neighborhood-as well as episodes from the more recent past, all related in considerable detail. There are his characteristic ruminations about his physical well-being, and from the quiet spaces inside the glass doors of his study, he also calmly observes the clamorous state of the world outside. The essays in this book, crafted with extraordinary subtlety and psychological depth, reflect the work of a great author at the height of his powers.

In his introduction to the work, Dr. Marvin Marcus provides a fresh perspective on Soseki the man and writer, as well as an insightful commentary on the novel itself and the place of reminiscence in Soseki's writings. A selection of photographs of Soseki and his family and friends add further interest to the book.

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WHEN I LOOK through the glass I immediately notice banana trees wrapped in devices to protect them against the frost, branches of holly that have sprouted red berries and electricity poles standing up straight and bold, but hardly anything else worthy of note enters my field of vision. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peek inside May 23 2003
This book consists of a series of 39 essays that Natsume wrote back in 1915. At first glance they seem to be little more than brief musings of a brilliant writer who was in the twilight of his life, but if one is willing to read the book a little closer, one will see the man Natsume Soseki through these brief pages. Through them we can understand his mental make up and his feelings about everything from kabuki to cats. A good book for the Soseki fan.
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