September 5, 2019

The Great Passage by Shion Miura

I read The Great Passage with an idea for a side-project: marking interesting words with a pencil, I would go back through the text and “untranslate” these words back into Japanese, preferably into the Kanji characters. The idea was simply to supercharge my very basic learning of Japanese by collecting - as do the characters in the novel - interesting words or phrases and mulling about them, letting them become a part of my everyday life. This turned out to be an excellent way of performing a close reading of the text, and I enjoyed reading the novel much more as a result. Read more

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