Wrong About Japan
When Peter Carey offered to take his son to Japan, 12-year-old Charley stipulated no temples or museums. He wanted to see manga, anime, and cool, weird stuff. His father said yes. Out of that bargain comes this enchanting tour of the mansion of Japanese culture, as entered through its garish, brightly lit back door. Guided–and at times judged–by an ineffably strange boy named Takashi, the Careys meet manga artists and anime directors, the meticulous impersonators called “visualists,” and solitary, nerdish otaku. Throughout, the Booker Prize-winning novelist makes observations that are intriguing even when–as his hosts keep politely reminding him–they turn out to be wrong. Funny, surprising, distinguished by its wonderfully nuanced portrait of a father and son thousands of miles from home, Wrong About Japan is a delight.
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WRONG ABOUT JAPAN: A Father's Journey with His SonUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Booker-winning Carey (The True History of the Kelly Gang, 2001, etc.) ruefully describes a visit with his son in search of "the Real Japan," during which he learns that his ideas, like all assumptions ... Read full review
Wrong about JapanUser Review - Thorpe-Bowker and Contributors - Books+Publishing
In a departure from what we have come to expect from this two-time Man Booker prize-winning novelist, Peter Carey?s latest offering is a memoir about travelling to Tokyo with his 12-year-old, five ... Read full review