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No Longer Human

No Longer Human

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by Osamu Dazai
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811220071
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
09/30/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
266,277
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Osamu Dazai (1909-1948) was a 20th century Japanese novelist.

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No Longer Human 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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I have hands. <br> Toes, fingers, feet. <br> I look human. <p> But I long for the ability to run across the savannah. <br> To relish the feel of the wind whipping through my spotted fur. <br> To actually be free. <p> I sweat, cry, bleed. <br> The droplets all drip down me in the same, dismal way. <br> I seem human. <p> But I want to be able to spread my wings and fly. <br> To fly away from the troubles that goad me with their malevolence. <br> To leave the bad behind me. <p> I'm cooped up like the rest of them. <br> Shoved in stuffy buildings, forced to do what we don't want. <br> When I close my eyes, I can imagine that the walls are closing in on us. We have to run, but where? <p> But in my dreams, I see myself slipping away. <br> Camoflauged, hidden in the shadows as I make a daring escape. <br> They will never find me. <p> I have a heart. <br> At night, I hear it beat. <br> The soothing lull that matches the rhythm of my shallow breaths. <p> But I wish I could close my eyes. <br> Shut out the rest of the world, once and for all. <br> And wait for those sounds to cease. <p> I know I'm human. <br> The people around me act like it's a blessing. <br> They are so naive, to the flaws they all possess. <br> The flaws we all possess. <p> I know I'm human. <br> But I want to be my own being. <br> Not a species that's set out for me. <br> On the winding Yellow Brick Road of Life. <p> I want to forge my own way. <br> Step off the path, and see what'a really out there. <p> I don't want to be human. <p> I want to be free. <p> &infin [Anonymous] &infin