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Adult Book Discussion

Our 2018 Maine Humanities Council ‘Let’s Talk About It’ series is

“Family and Self: Readings In Twentieth Century Japanese Fiction”

In Japan, with its strong legacy of Confucian values and traditional emphasis of group over the individual, the family plays an exceptionally important role. This series explores five novels— two authored by women and three by men—each engaged with issues of both family and self in a changing Japan, but from widely differing perspectives. The first four books we discussed were Enchi Fumiko’s The Waiting Years , Tanizaki Junichirô's The Makioka Sisters, Dazai Osamu's The Setting Sun and Nobel laureate Ôe Kenzaburô's A Personal Matter.

This month we will be discussing .

• Good-bye Tsugumi by Yoshimoto Banana

All books in the series are available, free of charge, at our library.