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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|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
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About the Author
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Date of Birth:May 7, 1943
Place of Birth:Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia
Education:Monash University (no degree)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
WTH THIS IS MY FAVORITE COUNTRY AND HES TALKING ABOUT BAD THINGS ABOUT MY COUNTRY I COULD GET EVREYONE IN JAPAN AND HELP ME BEAT THIS AUTHOR UP LIKE CRAZY ESPECIALLY THE KARATE GUYS WHO COULD BEAT HIM UP
I was actually quite surprised by the book. Any fan of anime and manga would enjoy this book. Through the interviews he conducts with such giants as Kodansha, Carey tries to find what is hidden in plain sight in anime and manga. A great read!
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I bought this book but I was expecting more than it delivered. Having just returned from my first visit to Japan, I eagerly began looking for sources that describe some of the cultural phenemona that I had just experienced. This book turned out to be a dry series of interviews (not especially insightful) and anecdotes about WWII (interesting, but unexpected), almost an author's justification for taking a vacation with his son. The text contains too little about manga and anime, too little about the youth of Japan.
I liked the part about a child loving Anime and Manga because i do, too. But this book just tells bad things about Japan and Japanese people. This book is sooo disrespectful about Japan, and it is very sad to think they dont care about others feelings when they publish/write a book like this one. Japan is not a bad place to be. It is filled with beautiful gaardens, inspirational temples and houses, yummy foods, and high-tech gadgetsm Japan also has my very favorite thing in the world---manga and anime!! Stop writing books that may hurt someone. The boy and dad part is FINE. Im nit saying its horrible. Thus book has been written wonderfully, done by a great and talented author. But why do you use your talents to write books such as these. Someone from Japan could read this book and be hurt. Nobody desefves that. So please do yourself a favor and skip this book. It is a disrespectful book about alk the bad things about Japan. Overall, the bad things dont matter. Japan is wondeful and awesome. Dont buy this book. It is definetely NOT a goid book and nit worth a penny. If you love to make fun i the Japanese, go right ahead and waste your money on this horrible story. Japan is beautiful, but this book can change that opinion in a second.