Esta novela de inspiracion autobiografica, que ha obtenido un enorme exito en Francia, cuenta la historia de una joven belga que empieza a trabajar en Tokio en una gran compania japonesa. Pero en el Japon actual, fuertemente jerarquizado, la joven tiene el lastre de un doble handicap: es occidental y mujer, lo cual la convertira en blanco de una cascada de humillaciones y de una progresiva degradacion laboral que la llevara a pasar de la contabilidad a servir cafes, ocuparse de la fotocopiadora, y finalmente encargarse de la limpieza de los lavabos masculinos. But in a country so deeply hierarchical, the girl is weighed down by the burden of a double disadvantage: she is a western woman. This is enough to make sure she becomes the object of a never ending list of humiliating ordeals and of a progressively degrading workload. Convert currency. Add to Basket.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Stupeur et tremblements. Fear and Trembling by Amelie Nothomb Something bothers me a lot about this novel. Translated from the French, it was a big hit in France and it won a couple of literary prizes when published in The main character is a young Belgian woman, of college age we assume, who lives in Japan and takes a job for a year in a Japanese corporation.
Just like the Belgian author who was born in Japan. She has a woman supervisor very unusual i Fear and Trembling by Amelie Nothomb Something bothers me a lot about this novel. She has a woman supervisor very unusual in Japan and she becomes infatuated with her.
To make a short story even shorter she screws up everything so badly -- copying, filing, serving tea, simple accounting tasks, that she works her way all the way down to cleaning restrooms. She screws that up too. Along the way we get an absolutely devastating picture of Japanese corporate culture that chews people up and spits them out.
Everything only flows one way top down. When you go to the bathroom, never let them hear you tinkle. Like I say, this goes on for several more pages.
And she says the culture for a male is a little better but fundamentally the same. The author gives us a summary of her thoughts about Japanese culture near the end of the story. And yet I did not envy them. They were a miserable as I…. They were giving up their lives for nothing, and they knew it. What surprised me was that suicides were not more common. See Wikipedia, suicide rates by country. So what bothers me is that this book seems like a trashing of Japanese culture.
Can it really be that bad? Top photo from trtworld. View all 38 comments. Yumimoto Corporation sounds like hell to me and I felt sorry, for the most part, for Amelie, the Belgian girl who works there and quickly gets on the bad side of her female co-worker, who is villainous but feels the need to be as she is a woman working in a male-dominated world.
She was born in Japan, lived there until she was 5 years old, yet when she moves back to Japan, she seems to have accepted the Japanese corporate life way too easily. As a westerner, Amelie is used to taking the initiative. She becomes a total pushover.
This book was meant to be satirical. Not that I found too much of it funny, it was more sad than anything. I found that a bit harsh. It was weird because on one hand she loves Japanese culture, on the other hand she is so scathing of it. Well, I did like the book. It was a quick read and Nothomb does have a graceful writing style. View 2 comments. Shelves: french , well-i-think-its-funny , japanese.
My Japanese friend Yukie said I had to read this if I wanted to understand how a Japanese job worked. And indeed I do feel I have a great deal more insight into it! The heroine finds this out the hard way. She's just started working for this Japanese company. She speaks fluent Japanese, French and English, so of course, like any Westerner, she's looking for an opportunity to impress her new bosses. A colleague goes off on vacation, there's a piece of work that's been left hanging which requires knowledge of French, and she sees her chance.
Oh dear. Not only does she get no praise; she, and the misguided person who helped her, are suddenly in huge trouble. But she still doesn't understand how things work, and makes one mistake after another, being moved further down the ladder each time. In the end, her job consists of changing the toilet paper in the men's room. The book is supposed to be based on the author's experiences when working in Japan, and is quite funny.
I started reading it on a transatlantic flight, and had finished before I arrived. Strongly recommended if you're interested in Japan and the Japanese. View all 14 comments. Bonkers : a demotic English term meaning crazy but with the element of horror removed and an extra squirt of I will never understand this in a million years — get me out of this room!
That was a little too eyerollingly cute-weird for me. I had a go with the other Murakami guy Ryu, not Haruki and he was really strange.
Then there was Natsuo Kirino. The novel was called Grotesque and it really was. Synopsis : A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist. Truly madly deeply bonkers….!! One of my all time favourites. You gotta see Love Exposure! But not with your parents!! So now this tiny novel-memoir which is Japan from a Western point of view.
Japanese people should sue this book right now. Are You a naughty ittle doggy? Yes, you are!! Here she is contemplating Japanese company men : Everyone knows that Japan has the highest suicide rate of any country in the world. What awaited these poor number-crunchers outside The Company? The obligatory beer with colleagues undergoing the same kind of gradual lobotomy, hours spent stuffed into an overcrowded subway, a dozing wife, exhausted children, sleep that sucked them down into it like the vortex of a flushing toilet, the occasional day off they never took full advantage of.
Nothing that deserved to be called a life. Oh and howsabout this: A Japanese person genuinely apologizing happens about once every century. View all 17 comments. Nov 16, Fabian rated it it was amazing.
Stupeur et tremblements
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