En marchant sur le fleuve céleste Peter Oliva

ISBN: 9782844121417

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En marchant sur le fleuve céleste  by  Peter Oliva

En marchant sur le fleuve céleste by Peter Oliva
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In Peter Olivas novel The City of Yes, a young English teacher in Japan is infected with what his Japanese friend Endo calls Asian Discovery Sickness, the obsession with Japan as a prize to win or a riddle to solve. The English teacher, aMoreIn Peter Olivas novel The City of Yes, a young English teacher in Japan is infected with what his Japanese friend Endo calls Asian Discovery Sickness, the obsession with Japan as a prize to win or a riddle to solve.

The English teacher, a Canadian who has taken a position in a fenced and asphalted suburb of Kumagaya City, is at once baffled and enthralled by culture shock: in addition to his language lessons and research, he learns to play kendo--where you... whack the bejesus out of your opponent with a rather long bamboo sword--and negotiates a bewildering affair with a student whose grandmother leaves messages of sex no, sex no on his answering machine. But even as he clings to the idea that I would be able to discover for myself the real Japan, he finds his own story inextricably folded into the myth, history, and popular culture that connect the East and West.

The narrators experiences are interwoven with Endos and the 19th-century travels of Canadian adventurer Ranald MacDonald, whose journey from Alberta to Japan to British Columbia mirrors his own, and with whom he and Endo share a fascination. Together, their journeys reveal that the translation between cultures seems to lead, with unsettling humour, to a final frontier of unbridled consumerism. Santa Claus is nailed to a crucifix in a Japanese department store display.

Japanese Marlboro Girls and Colonel Sanders rub shoulders with enigmatic geishas and traditional Buddhist parables. Like Olivas highly praised first novel, Drowning in Darkness, The City of Yes masons together history and fiction, insight and well-researched detail, to evoke the intricate construction of the places we identify as home. --Karen Solie



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