Wrong About Japan (Paperback)
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Wrong About Japan (Paperback)

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Paperback 176 Pages / Published: 01/09/2005
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Peter Carey and his Manga obsessed son traverse Japan in an effort to reconcile their respective feelings about the influential art form. Driven by Carey’s questioning, incisive nature, Wrong About Japan is an educative yet warmly affectionate examination of a nation’s history, through the cartoon image and the speech bubble.

In a stunning memoir-cum-travelogue Peter Carey charts this journey, inspired by Charley's passion for Japanese Manga and anime, and explores his own resulting re-evaluation of Japan.

Although graphically violent and disturbing, the two mediums are both inherently concerned with Japan's rich history and heritage, and hold a huge popular appeal that crosses the generations. Led by their adolescent guide Takashi, an uncanny mix of generosity and derision, father and son look for the hidden puzzles and meanings, searching, often with comic results, for a greater understanding of these art forms, and for what they come to refer to as their own 'real Japan'.

From Manhattan to Tokyo, Commodore Perry to Godzilla, kabuki theatre to the post-war robot craze, Wrong about Japan is a fascinatingly personal, witty and moving exploration of two very different cultures.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571228706
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 154 g
Dimensions: 190 x 127 x 12 mm
Edition: Main - Re-issue


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'The mysteries of Japan and father-son relationships prove to be rich subjects, especially for a writer at the peak of his powers, and they make for an entertaining and uplifting book.' - Sunday Times

'Fast-paced, readable and highly entertaining.' - Sunday Express

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“An entertaining read.”

If you are quite into Japanese culture as I am then you will LOVE this book. It is about a father and son who due to the son's interest in Japanese culture decide to take a trip to Japan. Along the way they... More

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“Wrong About Japan”

After flicking the channel to a Beat Takeshi movie with his son, Peter Carey became obsessed with all things Asian and decided that he and his son would journey to the land of the rising sun for a holiday and fact... More

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