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No Longer Human

Lu par : David Shih
Durée : 4 h et 13 min
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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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"The novel has a timeless quality: The struggle of the individual to fit into a normalizing society remains just as relevant today as it was at the time of writing." ( The Japan Times)

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  • Abbas
  • 02/02/2020

A spoiled drunken brat

I don't know how I managed to finish this book. The main character is a spoiled drunken brat, who continues to refuse to improve his conditions. I only read this book as a challenge. Well, I guess I won.

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  • Mr. O
  • 09/11/2019

well

it made me miserable. but I expected as much so it's definitely what I paid for.

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  • Michael - Audible Editor
  • 19/07/2017

Reassuring in its bare-boned humanity

My girlfriend (who is French) gave this to me in book form for my birthday, and then I realized that Audible recently added it so I secretly listened to it instead. I joke with her a lot about her French philosophical perspectives, you know 'laissez-faire', 'je ne sais pas' type stuff. And she talks a lot about the cultural differences between France and the States, especially when it comes to socializing. She refers to the social scene in the States as "The Masquerade", which I feel is pretty accurate. Anyway! I should have expected this book would make some sort of Albert Camus-esque social commentary, but since it's from a Japanese author I didn't immediately jump to that conclusion. But it boy o boy is it similar, just like the other reviewer mentioned. I think it really works in its own way though. Osamu Dazai gives his character a nagging need that is compelling and drives both the conflict and the unnerving ennui-imbued voice throughout. There is something reassuring about getting inside the head of someone so troubled about their social identity. The struggle is intensely, intimately relateable, and that I think, is what great writing is about. It helps ease some of the larger existential anxiety, because you get the feeling that you aren't the only one. Also, as a Japanese book, translated into English and narrated by what sounds like an American, you can't really ask for a better performance.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12/02/2020

Good book, but disagree with MC's behaviour.

While reading this book, I could truly relate to the action of the MC. He placed himself in what we called safe zone and avoid incurring pain to others. In consequent, it caused him to carry other people's burden and misery. The author, Dazai, perfectly described the thought process of the character throughout the journey and sometimes added some of his own advices to the MC. I would not recommend this book to the young readers since it can lead them into wrongdoing due to MC, somewhat I said, childish behaviour.

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  • Anthony Larman
  • 14/03/2020

sad but an interesting perspective

the book is sad there is no doubt about that but yet it does you an interesting perspective in the forms of what takes place in alcoholism and depression and somebody who's pain during suicide along with the fact how they're wondering how they themselves can exist in society and the pressures of society has put on them to exist

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  • Jason
  • 08/01/2020

Well written terrible person study.

If I just happened to read this book without noticing it was written by a Japanese fellow I’d have assumed it was written by or at least about a trump supporting boomer. Kind of terrifying. He’s a terrible person, the kind of person that’s a failure in everything not that he didn’t have privilege or opportunity. But liked to blame everyone one else for his problems as he sank deeper and deeper into depression and alcoholism. I didn’t dislike the book, it’s very well written and enjoyable to a point, but I hate the character on a ‘I know that guy’ level. Worth a read especially if your like me and realize this books been adopted into almost every form of Japanese artist medium including one of my favorite manga horror artist Junji Ito’s ‘No Longer Human’. Just know if you find this character identifiable you might need a hug and a therapist.

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  • Axel Sopp
  • 12/07/2019

The more melancholic L'Étranger

This is one of those books that make you question everything, once more. It is beautifully tragic, especially when reading about Dazai's life after the book. Sidenote: very good foreword as well.

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  • DailyReader!
  • 18/06/2019

MADE ME CRY

The book was amazing, the story ear catching and also very sad. The ending concluded the book very well with the epilogue provinding a a viewpoint from some time after the story takes place.

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  • Parola138
  • 06/01/2019

Great book

It surprised me that this book was written so long ago. It feels like it was written today. Very much, it reminded me of Albert Camus' 'The Stranger,' but in voice and attitude only- not in story. I liked the book so much I restarted it right again and had a second listen.

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  • Robert Attaway
  • 15/10/2018

A Complex Book with A Monotone Narrator

There's no doubt that this is a complex story that weaves together a tale that is both depressing and insightful to the human experience. Just wish the narrator used more than 1 voice throughout the story.

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  • Daniel D.
  • 17/06/2020

Dunkel, aber nicht depressiv

Definitiv ein Muss für etablierte oder werdende Liebhaber japanischer Literatur. Aufnahme nicht auf bestem Stand.

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  • Patato
  • 20/10/2019

eins meiner Lieblingsbücher

ich bin kein großer audiobook Fan, aber bei Büchern wie diesem schon. der Sprecher lispelte jedoch ein wenig, ansonsten ist es jedoch gut vorgetragen.