Polite Lies has ratings and 46 reviews. Daniel said: I loved Kyoko Mori’s commitment to honesty, even when that meant blackening the eyes of people i. Mori–who was 12 when she lost her mother to suicide–sees that death as a rejection of the polite lie of marital harmony and stability. Polite Lies. On being a Woman Caught Between Cultures. Kyoko Mori “Mori’s observations about lies and their consequences build to a powerful effect.
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This is kyoio very interesting book, it brings lolite some interesting views on both Japanese and Midwestern culture. I can empathize with that loathing. This collection of essays includes a lot of somber reflection not just about living between two cultures but also about processing family pain and grief. The Vietnamese Boat People, and — Aug 16, Michiel rated it liked it Shelves: Mori’s writing grows out of her personal experiences, but she doesn’t always write exactly what happens in her own life.
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Please review your cart. The Storms Can’t Hurt the Sky. Maybe if I had picked up and started during another time of year, I might have finished it, because I think it was interesting to read about a person who is struggling with trying to determine the sadness in her life and polihe aspects of culture gaps and communication to cultural differences versus polige the personal failings of, let say, her father for example … It is well written.
From those family kyyoko, Mori says, “I came to understand the magic of transformation — a limitless possibility of turning nothing into something. As a critique of gender and culture, it wasn’t so successful.
This book was a very interesting read and I learned a lot. The book is about rejecting polite lies for the sake of honesty. Yes, Japan is a very patriarchal country. My favorite parts of the kyolo were Mori’s examination of language, and how people in both the U. Meanwhile, his male privilege leads him to cheat on his wife, cheat on his girlfriend, neglect his children and beat his daughter. I appreciate Mori’s insights, I just wish she had been more straightforward about polire limitations of her perspective here.
Open Preview See a Problem? Kyooo did not enjoy all the whining and blaming that the author does about her life. I was curious about what observations she had to make about being a woman who was raised in Japan and grew into adulthood in the American Midwest. She is frank–but never deeply angry.
Whenever I read a good book I feel at home. Practice Random Acts of Kindness. How Did I Get Here?
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Hemingway did it with people in his life. She seems like a hardcore feminist, but I liked her writing style and would be interested in reading another one of her Fiction novels. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. Want to Read saving…. Honesty is also destructive…it lays bare the cruelty of the world and the corruption that eats at our relationships. After a while the book gets kind of silly, all this Japan-bashing and picking apart of the mundane.
However, her criticism has some common critiques of the two cultures.
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While the book does more than a good job of exposing the fascinating and often negative undercurrents of Japanese society, I get the feeling Mori was so choked by her upbringing she has gone to the opposite extreme.
I’m familiar with the Midwest, especially Green Bay, so I really enjoy seeing her perspe I first read Kyoko Mori’s A Dream of Water my freshman year of college four years ago and was struck by how beautifully she writes.
This book, on the other hand, is an extended rant about the author’s take on what’s wrong with Japan and Japanese culture. For Kyoko, silence is the worst kind of lie because it gives the sense that things are alright when they could be all wrong.
We will not listen to father’s side. If we had half-stars, I’d probably call this one a 3. That is a very honest notion of home She finds the Japanese language vague and constrictive-a common complaint of the rigid social structure of the society where everybody belongs, but no one is allowed to be himself or herself.
Dec 02, Jennifer rated it really liked it. We should listen to the other side of the story…enough polite lies. I loved Kyoko Mori’s commitment to honesty, even when that meant blackening the eyes of people in her family. Mori, Japanese-born but now an American citizen, compares various aspects of femininity and social expectations in both countries.
Most likely all authors believe their memoirs need to be heard, but some seem to write defensively, as a form of justifying their lives and actions.
Random Acts of Kindness. Mori–who was 12 when she lost her mother to suicide–sees that death as a rejection of the polite liez of marital harmony and stability.
It also seemed as if she wanted to permanently silence her father. I often felt that she judged others and their choices as poorer than her own, that she is on the right and she is enlightened often, I could add here “by the West”.
Remembering the Way Homeand I look forward to reading it.
Want to Read Currently Reading Kyokl. She finds well-meaning Americans intrusive. I own her latest memoir, Yarn: Even if the reader doesn’t necessarily agree with each point, Mori expresses herself well enough to make the collection well worth the read. An interesting personal look at the two cultures, but not a great overview.
To ask other readers questions about Polite Liesplease sign up. Liew kept my interest and I read it in only a few days. Lots of insight into many different aspects of Japanese culture, not only from a female view.