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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The subject matter is something that interests me greatly, and though I am open ploite whatever Mori has to say, I find that her bitterness really gets in the way of saying what she wants to say. Memoirs are an inherently selfish, self-reflective act, but some authors write memoirs because they feel they have something of value to share, something needs to be heard.

Her comparisons between the Japanese and American particularly Midwestern US cultures was extremely interesting. Apr 25, Catherine rated it really liked it. I really liked her comparison of houses and marriages in Japan to small town Green Bay Wisconsin, too. Kyko Options Pilite in. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Whether or not he would have been able to treat moori cancer effectively had it been discovered earlier, we’ll never know.

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Not a good time to read a depressing book by someone who is caught between two cultures, had a sad childhood rich with ambivalent feelings toward her father and stepmotherfelt alone even from her brother, etc.


Polite Lies: On Being a Woman Caught Between Cultures by Kyoko Mori

Preview — Polite Lies by Kyoko Mori. It’s interesting for me because I get the views of a Japanese woman about what it’s like to live ,ies both places. She just really wants to understand as much as she possibly can. Refresh and try again. Not only was I sucked in immediately, but I had to know how much is still true.

Polite Lies: On Being a Woman Caught Between Cultures

Standing in this painful place of perfect honesty, Mori explores the ties that bind us to family and the lies that keep us apart, the rituals of mourning that make death human, and the images of mroi body that make sex seem foreign to Japanese women and ever-present to Americans. She is frank–but never deeply angry. In particular, Mori has a fraught relationship with her stepmother; the chapters where she explored this relationship felt a little incongruous with the goals of the rest of the book and could have been better explored in a different context.

This is a woman with an intelligent, open mind and a searching, questioning spirit. Jul 21, Edith rated it it was amazing Shelves: A Discourse by Three Drunkards on Government.

After a while the book gets kind of silly, all this Japan-bashing and picking apart of the mundane.

This is a beautifully crafted series of essays, linked in a lovely way. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long.

The character of her father comes off as a cheap parody of paternalism and patriarchy — and yet as khoko cheap parody of paternalism and patriarchy, I can see this character clearly I tried to write this character, the character named Chuck, in my own novel, The Ghosts of Nagasaki.

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Aug 10, Carol Jones rated it really liked it.

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The essays are or at least come off as very personal and that gives you a perspective that you could not get any other way. As someone who lives in the U.

Her writing is clear and honest. An interesting personal look at the two cultures, but not a great overview. She was forthcoming and not very kind about rules, expectations and impossible standards women are expected to follow.

She was struggling to give her a voice that she never had What might be seen as bitterness on her part, or at least self-pity, I saw as related to the points she was makin If we had half-stars, I’d probably call this one a 3.

This is an autobiography I stole from someone else’s list, because I find Japanese culture fascinating. Born and raised in Japan, the Americanized Mori expounds on the restrictive, complicated and traditional Japanese society she seems kyoo despise.

Kyoko says toward the end of the book, “We mean so many things by home. This is getting three stars because I have mixed feelings about it. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of liez reviewer’s personal information.

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