Friday, December 13, 2019

Beginning ~ with dictionaries and words

Kohei Araki had devoted his entire life — his entire working life — to dictionaries.  Words fascinated him, always had.

The Great Passage ~ by Shion Miura, 2011, fiction (Japan)
Kohei Araki believes that a dictionary is a boat to carry us across the sea of words.  But after thirty-seven years of creating dictionaries, it’s time for him to retire and find his replacement.  He discovers a kindred spirit in Mitsuya Majime — a young, disheveled square peg with a penchant for collecting antiquarian books and a background in linguistics — whom he swipes from his company’s sales department.  Along with an energetic, if reluctant, new recruit and an elder linguistics scholar, Majime is tasked with a career-defining accomplishment:  completing The Great Passage, a comprehensive 2,900-page tome of the Japanese language.  On his journey, Majime discovers friendship, romance, and an incredible dedication to his work, inspired by the words that connect us all.
In early 2018, I got nine free books for my Kindle that were set in nine different countries:
Today, I started on this novel about Japan.  I'm looking forward to it because I'm a word person.

Gilion at Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays.
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1 comment:

Literary Feline said...

I am really eager to read this one too. The combination of someone who loves words and the Japanese cultural tie-in really appeal to me. I hope you love this one! Have a great week!