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Botchan by Sōseki Natsume
By: (1867-1916)

Botchan is a delightful and humorous novel that follows the misadventures of a young teacher sent to a rural town in Japan. The story is narrated by Botchan himself, a sarcastic and irreverent character who faces numerous challenges and conflicts with his colleagues and students. The novel is filled with witty dialogue, quirky characters, and moments of absurdity that kept me entertained from start to finish.

Sōseki Natsume's writing style is engaging and easy to read, with a good balance of humor and insight into human nature. The protagonist's journey of self-discovery and growth is both entertaining and relatable, making Botchan a timeless and enjoyable read. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a lighthearted and entertaining story set in rural Japan.

Book Description:
Botchan is the story of a young math teacher from Tokyo whose first assignment takes him to a middle school in the country side. His arrival there is not very lucky: The pupils are bound to test his perseverance and cheerily comments every one of his perceived missteps. In the teacher's room, he soon finds himself in the middle of an intrigue between the jovial "Porcupine" and the fat "Hubbard Squash" on one side, and the effeminate "Red Shirt" and his follower "Clown" on the other. Will Botchan choose the right side in the end?

Botchan - with morality as the main theme - is one of the most popular novels in Japan. Sōseki Natsume bases the story on his own experiences as teacher in Matsuyama, his first assignment away from Tokyo.

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