A dual language edition of Japanese storiesmany appearing in English for the first time This volume of eight short stories, with parallel translations, offers students at all levels the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of contemporary literature without having constantly to refer back to a dictionary The storiesmany of which appear here in English for the first timeare by well known writers like Haruki Murakami and Banana Yoshimoto, as well as emerging voices like Abe Kazushige, Ishii Shinji, and Kawakami Hiromi From the orthodox to the cutting edge, they represent a range of styles and themes, showcasing the diversity of Japanese fiction over the past few decades in a collection that is equally rewarding for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students of English or Japanese Complete with notes, the stories make excellent reading in either language....
|Title||:||Short Stories in Japanese: New Penguin Parallel Text (Japanese Edition)|
|Number of Pages||:||173 Pages|
|File Size||:||676 KB|
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Short Stories in Japanese: New Penguin Parallel Text (Japanese Edition) Reviews
For students with an advanced knowledge of Japanese, this provides very interesting and entertaining stories to read. The English translation is generally helpful, but the author could be a little more thoughtful about the explanations he gives in his notes. While most are good, some seem overly simplistic or irrelevant. More importantly, he could have been a little more generous in explaining the origins of Japanese adopted foreign words (gairaigo).
The book is quite nice. As far as a learning tool, I appreciate only having the kana once when each kanji appears for the first time. It forces me to learn new words/pronunciations. I am only a little of the way in (as of this review), but what I have read so far is quite enjoyable.
on time.... just as described
This book is really great for me. It's more difficult than the Read Real Japanese series that I got a little while ago and have been reading every day since. It doesn't have a dictionary nor does it have great grammar explanations like the RRJ series does, but I love the stories and I find this a very exciting book to read. I'm very happy that I chose to get this.
Wonderful stories; Has really helped me in teaching myself the language!
This is a (bad) review about the physical book itself, rather than the actual writing. I bought this some time ago but have only got around to reading it now. All was going well until I reached about half way through the second story and noticed a sudden discontinuity. Yes, you guessed it; missing pages! My first thought was that I had misunderstood the Japanese - it wouldn't be the first time after all, but no, further examination showed that more were missing from other stories in the book. These have definitely not fallen out. It is quite clear that they were never there to begin with. In total there are about ten pages missing from the second story, and five or so from the third.
Here is some more technical information to help people decide whether this book is for them. I had many unanswered questions about the content and formatting before purchasing this book. Many of the features (or missing features) I note are based on my experience with similar products (readily cited by Amazon as related, including "Read Real Japanese: Fiction", also edited by Michael Emmerich).
This book is straight up parallel text - Japanese on one side and translation on the other. As an intermediate student of Japanese, I encourage other students to get this book. It will definitely push you to higher levels, and you need to push yourself hard in order to get there. Also Michael Emmerich is a great translator. That being said, the pages are made out of a newpaper kind of paper. I have several Japanese readers, and they are made from high quality, text-book like paper. This book costs just as much as similar Japanese-English readers, so Penguin should have used higher quality paper. All in all though, I am glad to have this book because what matters is how good it is for learning. Final report: a thumbs up to Penguin for a great Japanese-English reader; a thumbs down to Penguin for being a cheapskate.