Osamu Dazai

No Longer Human

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The poignant and fascinating story of a young man who is caught between the breakup of the traditions of a northern Japanese aristocratic family and the impact of Western ideas.
Portraying himself as a failure, the protagonist of Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human narrates a seemingly normal life even while he feels himself incapable of understanding human beings. Oba Yozo's attempts to reconcile himself to the world around him begin in early childhood, continue through high school, where he becomes a “clown” to mask his alienation, and eventually lead to a failed suicide attempt as an adult. Without sentimentality, he records the casual cruelties of life and its fleeting moments of human connection and tenderness.
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133 printed pages
Original publication
1973

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Impressions

    Keishared an impression4 months ago

    90% of the readers have watched Bungou Stray Dogs.

    freyjashared an impressionlast year

    Membaca cepat dikejar deadline. This book is hella depressing i have to listen to Ryuuseitai's Unlimited Power while reading in order to keep my sanity.

    Annashared an impression2 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    🔮Hidden Depths
    💡Learnt A Lot
    🎯Worthwhile

    This book really resonates with me.

Quotes

    Monicahas quoted2 years ago
    The thought of dying has never bothered me, but getting hurt, losing blood, becoming crippled and the like—no thanks.
    prishas quotedlast year
    They say that love flies out the window when poverty comes in the door, but people generally get the sense backwards. It doesn't mean that when a man's money runs out he's shaken off by women. When he runs out of money, he naturally is in the dumps. He's no good for anything. The strength goes out of his laugh, he becomes strangely soured. Finally, in desperation, he shakes off the woman. The proverb means that when a man becomes half-mad, he will shake and shake and shake until he's free of a woman.
    prishas quotedlast year
    I am convinced that human life is filled with many pure, happy, serene examples of insincerity, truly splendid of their kind—of people deceiving one another without (strangely enough) any wounds being inflicted, of people who seem unaware even that they are deceiving one another.

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