By Natsume Sōseki
One of Japan's such a lot precious novels—new to Penguin Classics A hilarious story a few younger man's uprising opposed to "the system" in a rustic tuition, Natsume Soseki's Botchan has loved a undying reputation in Japan. The environment is Japan's deep south, the place the writer himself spent your time instructing English in a boys' university. Into this conservative global, with its social proprieties and confirmed pecking order, breezes Botchan, down from the massive urban and with scant appreciate for both his elders or his noisy younger fees. the result's a gentle, humorous, fast moving novel.
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