How Do You Live?

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Product Details

Price
$17.95  $16.69
Publisher
Algonquin Young Readers
Publish Date
Pages
288
Dimensions
5.4 X 8.2 X 1.1 inches | 0.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781616209773

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About the Author

Genzaburō Yoshino (1899-1981) was a Japanese writer and publisher. In 1935, he became director of a collection of educational books for young people. Yoshino stepped in to write How Do You Live? when Yūzō Yamamoto, the expected writer, fell ill. Since its debut as a novel and guide to philosophy for young people, How Do You Live? has been re-edited and republished more than eighty times, a reflection of the changing times and culture in Japan.

Bruno Navasky is a teacher and writer, whose work as a translator and editor includes Festival in My Heart: Poems by Japanese Children and Poem in Your Pocket for Young Poets. He was the founding editor of American Poet, the journal of The Academy of American Poets, where he now serves on the board of directors. He lives and works in New York City.

Neil Gaiman is the author of many bestsellers for readers of all ages, including Stardust (the basis for the blockbuster movie), Fragile Things, Anansi Boys, Interworld, and Coraline. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Reviews

"All classic children's books are works of philosophy in one sense or another. But few classics for young readers are as entirely philosophical and contemplative, as engineered to instruct, as Genzaburo Yoshino's How Do You Live? . . . not easily forgotten. . . Some may feel, as this reader did upon closing it, inclined to affirm an unusual truth: 'I am wiser for having read this book.'"
--Adam Gopnik, The New York Times Book Review

"A teen ponders the complexities of life, history, and humanity in this 1937 classic from Japan being animated by Hayao Miyazaki . . . Simple and beautiful seasonal details reflect Copper's emotional journey. Small glimpses into prewar Japanese life and culture, including tofu making, school social hierarchies, city life, and the intricacies and symbolism of words, contribute to the atmosphere. A foreword by Neil Gaiman perfectly captures the mood and significance of this book, a childhood favorite of Miyazaki's and one that is sure to find a select, but eager, readership outside its homeland. A quiet, introspective look at life and how to be human."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"[A] deeply thoughtful Japanese classic . . . A gentle tale of self-discovery and reflection, and a compassionate guidebook on integrity punctuated by rich sensory details . . . Yoshino's timeless lessons will resonate with sensitive readers young and old."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Thoughtful and hopeful in the vein of classic children's literature. [An] excellent translation, providing insight into Miyazaki's works."
--Anime News Network

"A beguiling . . . and ruminative coming-of-age tale . . . to excite interest and--happily--inspire thought."
--Booklist

"Now is the perfect time for the translation of this novel and an even better time for today's youth to give it a read. This book guides your way of living toward the right path."
--Shelf Unbound

"A thought-provoking coming of age novel that teaches children how to navigate through life...beautiful...engaging."
--YA Books Central