When Peter Carey offered to take his son to Japan, 12-year-old Charley stipulated no temples or museums. He does talk about manga with a fan's excitement, but he never quite persuades you that it's worthy of his enthusiasm. The purpose of the trip was to learn more about manga and anime which his son was deeply into. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Much like his self-informed but as-yet-ignorant descent into the culture, many readers myself included picked up this fairly short book expecting a simple tale of vacation and robots and possibly Harajuku kids.
And if and when I go to Japan, I'll be sure not to ask people about the meaning and symbolism behind Mobile Suit Gundam. And what has Carey really learned? This is best exemplified with his dealings of his son and his friend Takashi, who is mysterious and awkward, but helps them around a version of Tokyo. Bookseller: , Victoria, Australia Vintage January 1, 2004. He was a student there between 1954 and 1960 — after Rupert Murdoch had graduated and before Prince Charles arriv Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name. Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. E uma edição da Tinta-da-China para a Sábado trouxe-me entretanto esta maravilha: O Japão é um lugar estranho, de Peter Carey.
There are throwaway references to Japanese history without really explaining how these relate to manga in particular, except sweeping generic statements about honour and the samurai code. Charley, on the other hand, simply wants to buy cool manga. Out of that bargain comes this enchanting tour of the mansion of Japanese culture, as entered through its garish, brightly lit back door. And while some of the memories they create are not those that Carey might have wished for - such as Charley's ill-concealed boredom when forced to sit through four hours of traditional Japanese theatre, and Carey's own less-than-joyful reaction to Sega World - nonetheless it's an unforgettable and precious time, a time Carey considers a privilege, most especially for the pl. Cary suggested the trip to his son and was fortunate in getting writing assignments through networking, so they could finance the trip this is not explicitly stated, so I'm guessing. But it is the animated world, in book and film form, that is the focus, and they do meet some of Charley's idols along the way. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams.
. Enough to make a writer-father really proud. But, ultimately, what does it do, as a book? Originally published in 2004 by Random House Australia. . However, I do find it a very humbling gesture by the author that he allows his stumble through some very unique Japanese experiences as a vector for our own experience. Bookseller: , New South Wales, Australia Random House, Australia, 2004. Comic books are art forms, they're creative, they're fun, and some of the most successful business people -- and even some of the most prized comic writers today -- grew up reading comics and still read them.
I like that the state of being, as a foreigner, wrong about Japan, about its high culture, pop culture, people and traditions, over and over and over again, and the awareness of this state, has been made into a book. Initially, the author worries about his son's mysterious friend, Takashi, but it turns out that the boy is a cool teenager who also loves manga. This is primarily a travel memoir, not a sentimental effusion about a father and son bonding in a foreign land. Why does he have to interview at the anime directors, admittedly boring his child out of his mind while dad makes one cultural gaff after another, when all the kid wants to do is interact with locals, check out the video games, and read comics? During the days, they visit a swordsmith, talk to manga authors and unexpectedly meet a modern god of the manga world. I find it helpful, in a travelogue, to have a certain degree of sympathy with the author as they stumble through their encounters as a stranger in a strange land. It feels so wrong reading about your wrongness, that it's right. Foreigners want to understand, but to understand it is necessary to be Japanese.
What was he wrong about? In a journey to Japan, Peter takes his son Charley, a fan of anime and manga, to discover the beauties of the country. It can give birth to virtue, or destructive weapons which threaten the whole world. É um livro de viagens é nessa categoria que está nas listas de leituras e uma boa sugestão para alunos de artes, especialmente para os amantes de manga e anime. I recommend it to those who are interested in Japanese popular culture, manga and anime, those who has traveled to Japan, thinking of traveling to Japan, and those of you who are fantasizing about visiting there, but you either don't have time or money to go. And how wasted on this man! I felt bad for him, too. I thought they would be going there to live, not for a 10-day visit.
When famously shy Charley becomes obsessed with Japanese manga and anime, Peter is not only delighted for his son but also entranced himself. And I personally found it offensive to read this story. Rather, they are decorative, mood-setting, and make the book a satisfying object, a worthy gift. Dust Jacket is in as new condition, apart from normal shop shelf wear - contains no tears or chips or other damage. Carey-san was quickly made aware of his inability to even break the skin of Japanese culture. Carey learns about Japanese manga and anime.
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. Offset tanning of the fold over flaps. His other honours include the Commonwealth Prize and the Miles Franklin Award. There is a huge, unfortunate disconnect that doesn't allow for the Carey's mind to experience what he's told and thus report back to the reader such discoveries in an interested, curious light. True manga and anime fans will probably howl in frustration that the encounters with the creators of some of the most important work aren't described in much, much more detail, while those with unfamiliar with the subject probably will remain befuddled.
Signed by Carey on the half-title page. Superficially a piece of travel writing, Wrong About Japan is a partially fictionalized account of Carey's cultural investigation of Japan alongside his son, Charley. Also because it was short and not too sappy. What deep, profound, shocking, and surprising news. Some of the basic premises of the venue are explored in this book, many of them unexpected. Wrong About Japan does not proceed directly towards its vouchsafed conclusions, but rather wanders slowly towards them in that slightly soft-drug kind of prose that makes Carey's work so enjoyable, so charming and sometimes so infuriating.
The subject interested me: a writer taking his 12-year old son to Japan for the first time and meeting some of the leaders stars of manga and anime. Anyone who wants to find out about Japan or manga will be better served elsewhere. Especially one which, it turns out, is partially fictionalized. They visit a traditional sword-maker and Akihabara Electric Town, a six-story bazaar that dazzles Charley. This edition is wonderfully illustrated with diverse images from manga and occasionally classical Japanese sources. Folheei-o e achei graça, mas deixei-o lá. Despite the frustrations, there was enough worthwhile stuff here for me--a moving and harrowing account of one child's experiences during the war, an appreciation of Hayao Miyazaki's wondrous film My Neighbor Totoro--to make this very quick read worthwhile.