Sōseki, an English Teacher
The Author Was Also A Teacher
Natsume Sōseki is a Japanese popular novelist who went active in the Meiji period. His works like "I am a Cat" and "Kokoro" are still precious as the basement of Japanese language. He is also a pioneer of our recent language, namely.
However, we cannot deny that Sōseki is no more close to us. He is just like a starlight twinkling beyond our reachability. Now, "Sōseki, an English Teacher" can make us feel closer to him, a Japanese legendary novelist. In fact, Sōseki had worked as an English teacher before becoming an author. He'd gone to the United Kingdom to study English. So it's said his pronunciation was very good. Reading the biography tells how great as an English teacher he was, and brings us to the next to the starlight.
Kawashima Koki is the author of the biography. He is also an English teacher, which means the biography can show the exceedingly right aspect of Natsume Sōseki.
Why does it bring you to the next to the starlight? "Sōseki, an English Teacher" is full of his casual episodes which make you feel a sense of familiarity. In the biography, Natsume Sōseki is not a symbol of the greatest novelists but only an English teacher who might be working around you and me.
For the marvelous pronunciation and a lot of knowledge, he was very popular among his students. But he was not so happy. Sōseki was always wondering why he had been a teacher. I believe it's nothing but necessity of history that he had doubts about being an English teacher, because Japanese language is never as it is if Natsume Sōseki didn't create any novels.
Having doubts about being teachers doesn't mean being unfit for teachers, however. Sōseki's ability was also valued in the field of language education. Why not get closer to the legendary genius like a starlight, with this biography like a magical space shuttle?
About Sōseki, an English Teacher
・Written by Kawashima Koki
・Published by Shincho-sha (2000)
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