A Review of Natsume Soseki’s Botchan

Botchan by Natsume Sosekibotchan
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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Natsume Soseki’s Botchan was among the set of novels that I read during the last semester. I have already written about two of the novels from that time, now it is Botchan’s turn 🙂 Undoubtedly, any literature enthusiast, familiar with Japanese history and literature, remembers terms such as Westernization and Meiji restoration as soon as they hear the name of the Japanese writer, Natsume Soseki. The issue of Westernization is usually problematized in Soseki’s works either as in the unfortunate and heartbreaking story, Kokoro or humorous and entertaining one such as Botchan.

In this review, however, I want to dwell on the character of Botchan rather than the West and East problem, already discussed in detail by many scholars and reviewers. Rather than a critical analysis, I want to focus on Botchan the character himself because the way Soseki portrays him establishes this work as a universal and enjoyable work for many readers with different cultural backgrounds. Continue reading