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The author of the book: Bruce Feiler
Edition: Mariner Books
Date of issue: September 22nd 1992
ISBN 13: 9780395647264
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 29.35 MB
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Make that 2.5 stars from me, but I'm giving it the benefit of 3 in the rankings. I'm nice enough to round up. It was definitely solidly between "It was OK" and "I liked it."
Part of my problem with this book is the fact that I'm on my fifth year in Japan, whereas the author only stayed for one year. My first year in Japan began in 2004. The author's was 15 years before that, around 1989 or 1990. A lot of things have changed; a lot of things haven't.
How I explain it to most of my ex-patriot pals here is that Feiler took his Japan experiences and wrote it so that some of the most annoying things about being a foreigner living in Japan sound charming or endearing. They're not. But, those who read the book who haven't lived here... will actually believe it.
What was especially interesting for me in reading about his experiences was getting a look at how the first ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers) were treated when they came to Japan. The program has only been around for 20 years or so, but people are now accustomed to our presence and know to expect us in towns and schools all over Japan. I also appreciated that, unlike a lot of I-moved-to-Japan-for-a-year-and-lived-to-tell-about-it memoir, this book actually includes a lot of well-researched factual information about Japanese culture, religion, history, and social norms. Even after having lived here for nearly five years, I learned a thing or two from this book.
Read the book if you're coming to Japan. Much of the information about education, the style of teaching in junior high schools, and the students' inability to communicate in 'Living English' is still true today, so many years later. Read the book if you lived in Japan for a year, went home, and have been home for a few years and now look at your time in Japan with that rosey nostalgic feeling that you get about most experiences after a length of time away. I wouldn't nececssarily recommend reading this book if you're living in Japan, and have been for quite some time, and plan to continue living in Japan for a few more years.
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Read information about the authorBRUCE FEILER is one of America’s most popular voices on family, faith, and survival. He writes the “This Life” column about contemporary families for the Sunday New York Times and is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including WALKING THE BIBLE and THE COUNCIL OF DADS. He is the writer/presenter of the PBS series “Walking the Bible” and the forthcoming “Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler.” His latest book, THE SECRETS OF HAPPY FAMILIES, is a bold playbook for families today. It collects best practices for modern-day parents from some of the country’s most creative minds, including tops designers in Silicon Valley, elite peace negotiators, the creators of Modern Family and the Green Berets.
A native of Savannah, Georgia, Bruce lives in Brooklyn with wife, Linda Rottenberg, and their identical twin daughters.
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