American Fuji

by SARA BACKER | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 042518336x Global Overview for this book
Registered by Swilder of Austin, Texas USA on 5/19/2004
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Swilder from Austin, Texas USA on Wednesday, May 19, 2004
I really enjoyed this book about an American who lives in Japan. It's an interesting peek at the cultural idiosyncracies of both America and Japan, told from the point of view of someone who has learned to adapt to a new place where she is an outcast.

Journal Entry 2 by Swilder at Mozart's Coffee House in Austin, Texas USA on Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Released on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at Mozart's Coffee House in Austin, Texas USA.

I'll leave this on a table inside around 7:00 tonight.

Journal Entry 3 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Thursday, May 20, 2004
I caught it within minutes of its release at a weblogger meetup. It wasn't planned that way, honest!


Journal Entry 4 by pz from Austin, Texas USA on Thursday, May 20, 2004
Hey, BookCrossing people -- you need to give me a way to sign in on the capture form so I don't show up as "AnonymousFinder"...

Journal Entry 5 by pz from Austin, Texas USA on Tuesday, June 08, 2004
A fun read, if a bit of a stretch at times. More like a minimally violent suspense thriller than the literary novel it's packaged as.

I wonder what people familiar with Japan would make of it -- particularly after all the slams that Lost in Translation received for allegedly perpetuating stereotypes of the "inscrutable" Japanese. For what it's worth, American Fuji's gaijin characters are not as clueless as those in Lost in Translation, although I'm not sure the Japanese fare much better for Sara Backer's characters understanding them.

Journal Entry 6 by pz at -- Controlled Release in Austin, Texas USA on Thursday, June 10, 2004
Released on Wednesday, June 09, 2004 at Given to a friend in Austin, Texas USA.

Passed on to a Japanophile pal who can tell us whether it rings true.

Journal Entry 7 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Monday, June 14, 2004
Having gotten about a quarter of the way through it, I find it a tedious catalog of Curious Facts about Japan and Japanese Biases, transmuted to fictional form through the magic of Developing Characters and Building Tension in Six Easy Steps.


Journal Entry 8 by Tchaka from Austin, Texas USA on Wednesday, July 28, 2004
I enjoyed this book very much. I suspected I would since I am such a big fan of fiction set in Japan (specifically the works of Haruki Murakami). I found it to be a fun read throughout and consider myself lucky to have happened upon it in such a serendipidous fashion. I thank whoever (whomever?) set it out at my local coffee shop , not only for the work itself but for being a part of such a cool project that is BookCrossing. It is nice to know that in these "troubled" times we can still connect in such creative ways...hopefully this book (and project) will continue to inspire. Lastly I would like to thank the previous reader for taking such great care of the book and I would like to apologize to the next for my slightly rougher treatment (its still together and I did not drop it in the tub or anything, but its definately a bit tattered around the edges, sorry)

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