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  • Kindle Edition
  • 295 pages
  • ある男
  • Keiichirō Hirano
  • 14 October 2016

10 thoughts on “ある男

  1. Fran Fran says:

    A low birth rate coupled with an aging population contributed to the depopulation of Town S a small rustic community in Miyazaki Prefecture Japan Rie Takemoto had returned to her hometown reeling from several tragic events including the death of her two year old son a resultant divorce and the death of her father Rie was now 'badly marked' considered to be most unfortunate Although many businesses were permanently shuttered Rie's family business Seibundo Stationery was still afloatHe was a migrant arriving in the depressed area a new employee of Ito Lumber A uiet unassuming steadfast manhe poured himself uietly into his work without complaintthere had never been another employee like him Rie welcomed this new customer to her stationery shop Monthly it seemed he purchased painting supplies and sketchbooks One day he asked If it's not too much trouble will you be my friend? A budding friendship led to the discovery of each other's past Rie explained that she moved back to Town S with her older son Yuto She confessed that sometimes she was beset by a feeling of emptiness so powerful she worried for her own well being Daisuke Taniguchi said he was the second son of inn owners in a hot spring town in Gunma Prefecture His lazy older brother Kyoichi was slated to inherit the family business despite lack of interest in running it Something inside me was broken beyond repair so I cut off all contact with my family and left townThree years of marital bliss as husband and wife and the addition of a baby daughter ensued They were now a family of four However Daisuke despaired If I die due to my hazardous forestry work under no condition are you to contact my family Rie promisedbutone year after Daisuke's accidental death crushed by a fallen tree Rie reneged contacting Daisuke's brother Kyoichi Having arrived in Miyazaki Kyoichi was shown Daisuke's memorial photo that isn't Daisukethis guy went around using my brother's namesomebody was impersonating DaisukeAkira Kido an incredibly kind sensitive lawyer had handled Rie Takemoto's divorce from her first husband Rie reached out to Kido enlisting his help DNA testing had conclusively proved that someone had masueraded as 'Daisuke Taniguchi' lived in matrimony with Rie and even fathered a child with herDaisuke was not a made up name but a person according to census information listed on his family registerCases of identity concealment through a false name were common enoughwhat perplexed KidoEvery public record attested to the deceased man being Daisuke Taniguchi Kido became obsessed with the case To throw away everything and become some one else imagining doing this undeniably aroused in Kido a certain beguiling excitationA Man by Keiichiro Hirano is a fascinating psychological literary novel one is able to love someone in the present thanks to the past that made them the way they are Who was the man using Daisuke's identity and where was the real Daisuke Taniguchi? A highly recommended tomeThank you First Reads for this offering from Crossings in exchange for an honest review


  2. Bharath Bharath says:

    I read this book after it was referred to me and it was a great read There is this uniue style of storytelling which each culture has In the case of Japanese books what has stood out for me is the strength of the story Rie has had a hard life – she lost her son Ryo tragically and is divorced She must also care for her young son – Yuto She works in a stationery store and meets Daisuke Taniguchi who becomes a regular customer He is a little reserved and but always gentlemanly They get married after some time and have a daughter – Hana Daisuke has told Rie about his family but is not in touch with them Daisuke dies in a tragic accident Rie is heart broken and informs his brother Kyoichi Kyoichi visits Rie and shockingly informs her after seeing her husband’s pictures that he is not his brother Daisuke Rie struggles to understand what this means – who was her husband? And was he hiding away after committing any crimes? But that seems to not jell with the person she knew Rie contacts Akira Kido a lawyer who had helped her with her divorce Kido is married to Kaori and has a son Sota and he is going through some personal issues as well Though the fees would be small Kido is keen to get to the truth of Rie’s diseased husband’s identityThe book intersperses a great story with very good philosophical discussions – around how the past inevitably influences the future The middle sections seem to meander here and there a little before the story regains momentumA strongly recommended readMy rating 425


  3. Anna Luce Anna Luce says:

    “It's unbearable to have your identity summed up by one thing and one thing only and for other people to have control over what that is” Keiichirō Hirano has spun an intriguing psychological tale A Man presents its readers with an in depth and carefully paced mystery revolving around identity theftHirano novel's opening is rather metafictional as it is narrated by an unmanned novelist who after bumping into a man called Akira Kido becomes fascinated by Kido's own obsession with another man the narrator goes on to compare the story he's about to tell to a painting by René Magritte entitled 'Not to Be Reproduced'“With all the uniue characters that make an appearance some of you might wonder why on earth I didn't pick one of the bit players to be the protagonist While Kido san will in fact obsessed with the life of a man it is in Kido san viewed from behind as he chases this man that I sensed something to be seen”Kido is a divorce attorney who has become detached from his wife She in turn shows little interest in him or his job and is rather unsympathetic when it comes to his Zainichi background that is ethnically Korean residents of Japan Kido's practical and reserved nature frustrate his wife who often mistakes impassiveness for callousness While Kido disapproves of his wife's strict parenting style she mistakes his reserved disposition as a sign of callousness When a growingly disillusioned Kido is contacted by Rié Takemoto a former client of his he finds himself drawn into the life of another man After Rié's second husband dies in a work related accident she discovers that his name and past are that of another man Throughout the course of his investigation Kido uestions X's motives What could make someone want to conceal their true name or background? And what constitutes an identity?As Kido comes in contact with the various individuals and families connected to X and as his relationship with his own wife becomes further strained he grows fond of this unknown X and starts to see the appeal of 'starting' overAlthough Kido's investigation is the running thread that connects together these seemingly disparate characters and events it sometimes seems of a background The narrative provides a panoramic view of the characters Kido comes into contact during the course of his investigation While many of Kido's thoughts are dedicated to X and issues of identity he's an erudite and his mind will often wonder down philosophical paths He makes many literary allusions he compares his stance towards other Zainichi as being similar to the way in which Levin—from Anna Karenina—views 'peasants' Kido's precarious relationship to his ethnicity is one of the novel's main motifs“Since he had grown up almost entirely as a Japanese person even before he naturalized he was profoundly uneasy with the idea that he was either a direct victim or perpetuator of the troubles the best Korean enclaves”Kido passes most of his time in contemplation He muses on the myth of Narcissus the nature vs nurture debate uestions his marriage and those of other people considers the notion of an identity and broods over his own loneliness“Yes loneliness He did not shy from this word to express the dark emotion that had been seething in his chest of late It was a bottomless middle aged kind of loneliness that he never could have even conceived when he was younger a loneliness that saturated him with bone chilling sentimentality the moment he let down his guard” Hirano's Japan is vividly rendered From its recent history to its social norms Hirano's novel provides plenty of insights into contemporary Japan There are extensive discussions on Japan's penal and legal system given Kido's line of work there is a lot on divorce and custody lawsAs much as I liked novel identity concealment makes for a fascinating subject I was deeply disappointed by the abrupt way it ended After spending so much time with Kido I felt cheated by those final chapters Kido is seemingly discarded and readers are left wondering what exactly he will do after he makes an important discoveryStill I would probably recommend this one especially to those who are interested in learning about contemporary Japan or for those who prefer thought provoking and philosophical mysteriesRead reviews on my blog   View all my reviews on Goodreads


  4. Liviu Liviu says:

    Another book that I found by chance from the monthly Prime free book promotional email and opened it as I am a fan of Japanese literature though my interest in it comes and goes in waves only to captivate me so much that I put down everything else I was readingtrying at the time Not only that but A Man kept me turning pages until the end and I regretted when it ended with a good conclusion but it definitely could have gone for a while as the main storyline closes but a few secondary ones remain openVery Japanese though uite modern the novel is about a middle aged family lawyer who tries to forget his arid marriage by helping a former client of his from a contested divorce who in the meantime moved to her parents home took over the family business and remarried with a stranger working in a local wood mill only to discover after his tragic accidental death that everything she thought she knew about her husband was a lie Getting involved in unraveling the mystery which depends on intricacies of Japanese customs and laws regarding personal identity Akira Kido the main character starts understanding and even wistfully thinking of doing it himself why a man would want to annihilate his past and take on the identity of a complete stranger without necessary being a criminal a debtor fleeing from family responsibilities or something similar Overall great stuff and a captivating novel that you won't put down until the end and regret when you turn the last page


  5. L.S. Popovich L.S. Popovich says:

    A new translation by a famous Japanese author always piues my curiosity This is a literary thriller which tackles themes of identity theft burying the past family structures tradition the plight of the Zainichi social status parenthood and It is neither a crime procedural nor a traditional detective story The narrator interviews many key figures in the life of a mysterious man who was the victim of a swapped family registry By chance uncovering this distinctly Japanese form of identity theft he uses his lawyerly aplomb to plumb the depths of modern man's psyche in the face of accumulated personal guilts racism and convoluted manipulation of established bureaucracyThough it is written in a straightforward unimpressive manner the plot and engaging characters along with the surprising digressions ensured that I enjoyed my uick reading of this book I await further translations of Hirano to come with some trepidation Too often Japanese authors are catapulted into stardom in their own country only to infiltrate the English speaking literary firmament with less success It could be that translations tend to dumb the pieces down or that the mystery genre is not as radically over saturated overseas as it is in the US I'm cautiously hopeful that Hirano will prove to entertain me as much as Shuichi Yoshida did but at the same time I wanted lyricism and less reliance on cliches from this oneOverall this is a winner A mature novel skirting a few genres with a tired approach luckily injected with several sparkling segments of revealing insight and character depth I was taken by a description of a cicada casing at the end though the parallel with the myth of Narcissus was a little heavy handed A memorable book but I hope it is not the author's crowning achievement


  6. Tucker Tucker says:

    All my favorite things liver transplant body doubles penguins literary allusions philosophy This is a psychological story my preference as well as a detective story The language I read the English translation by Eli KP William feels modern and fresh


  7. Kasa Cotugno Kasa Cotugno says:

    I don't know why there isn't attention being paid to this book in the US Keiichirō Hirano is an award winning author in Japan well known for his philosophical TED talks and yet this is his first novel to be translated for English speakers Rich in content it holds the reader from the very first page not only because of its dual set of mysteries but also because of its insights into the Japanese culture I first became aware of the difficulties faced by Korean inhabitants in Japan through the wonderful novel Pachinko and here there is an expansion of that theme Through Kido the attorney at the center of the novel we learn of the process of identity not only with the central storyline but also with other cases he handles So many thought provoking uotes but I'll just give one It's unbearable to have your identity summed up by one thing and one thing only and for other people to have control over what that is


  8. Ian Josh Ian Josh says:

    This book reminded me very much of Citizen Kane and there can be very few bigger compliments I could pay a piece of artFull review soon on my blog


  9. Jemppu Jemppu says:

    An instantly captivating mystery which in unfolding became increasingly so revealing itself a intricate philosophical exploration on individual identityWhile the language felt uite stiff at times this was likely due to translation and linguistic relativity and went easily unnoticed once the full complexity of the widely resonant themes took the center stageA fascinating contemplation on the forces influencing one's inner reflection of self and ability to love It's unbearable to have your identity summed up by one thing and one thing only and for other people to have control over what that is


  10. Kim Lockhart Kim Lockhart says:

    Thought provokingThis novel examines the nature of identity The author moves in concentric circles expanding outward in wide swaths from the original point of self The narrative is the vehicle for the philosophical search of Who am I? Is the sum of our identity gained from familial belonging in the roles we play in relation to others our socio economic class our profession our nationality our ethnicity? Does our identity change due to experiences which shape us? The author dives into all of these uestions but the overriding areas of key interest to him are can we take on the identity of another are we who we think we are or are we accurately known by how others see us and in the search for another can we also learn about ourselves?The story is a good one but it's the introspection the philosophical nature of the protagonist which gripped me


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ある男❰Reading❯ ➽ ある男 Author Keiichirō Hirano – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk A man follows another man’s trail of lies in a compelling psychological story about the search for identity by Japan’s award winning literary sensation Keiichiro Hirano in his first novel to be tr A man follows another man’s trail of lies in a compelling psychological story about the search for identity by Japan’s award winning literary sensation Keiichiro Hirano in his first novel to be translated into English Akira Kido is a divorce attorney whose own marriage is in danger of being destroyed by emotional disconnect With a midlife crisis looming Kido’s life is upended by the reemergence of a former client Rié Takemoto She wants Kido to investigate a dead man—her recently deceased husband Daisuké Upon his death she discovered that he’d been living a lie His name his past his entire identity belonged to someone else a total stranger The investigation draws Kido into two intriguing mysteries finding out who Rié’s husband really was and discovering about the man he pretended to be Soon with each new revelation Kido will come to share the obsession with—and the lure of—erasing one life to create a new oneIn A Man winner of Japan’s prestigious Yomiuri Prize for Literature Keiichiro Hirano explores the search for identity the ambiguity of memory the legacies with which we live and die and the reconciliation of who you hoped to be with who you’ve actually become.


About the Author: Keiichirō Hirano

Keiichirō Hirano 平野 啓一郎 Hirano Keiichirō born June is a Japanese novelistHirano was born in Gamagori Aichi prefecture Japan He published his first novel Nisshoku 日蝕 in and won the Akutagawa Prize the next year as one of the youngest winners ever at years of age He graduated from the Law Department of Kyoto University in In he was nominated as a cultural amb.