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No Longer Human

Lu par : David Shih
Durée : 4 h et 13 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Literary
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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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  • 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.

There is a good amount of misogyny in this book though. While it is framed in the perspective of an admittedly perverted and "broken" young man, it still toes a line.

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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  • 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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  • K.F.
  • 21/04/2017

If Camus was Japanese

If you could sum up No Longer Human in three words, what would they be?

Camus in Japan

What other book might you compare No Longer Human to and why?

The Stranger. Our protagonist feels disconnected from humanity, leading him down a path of self destruction

If you could take any character from No Longer Human out to dinner, who would it be and why?

UGH... none... I'd be afraid of being hit up for a heavy bar tab... or worse.

Any additional comments?

It's a punch in the gut that you are glad you received. Like Trainspotting, this is not something for when you are depressed. But it is a ride I highly encourage everybody take.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Aidan Wilson Parker
  • 07/05/2019

Wow.

Such a strong powerful story, the main character’s internal struggle is frustrating and heartbreaking. It’s not that long of an novel so I definitely would recommend it if you have a little free time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03/12/2018

sad in parts but good

love it! but it was sad at parts. it made me thunk of people that I know. really good.

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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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  • 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.