How Do You Live?

Japanese language

Published Dec. 17, 1937 by Shinchosha.

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5 stars (1 review)

How Do You Live? (Japanese: 君たちはどう生きるか, Hepburn: Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka) is a 1937 novel by Yoshino Genzaburō. It follows a 15-year-old boy named Junichi Honda, nicknamed Koperu, and his uncle as the youth deals with spiritual growth, poverty, and the overall experience as human beings. An anime film inspired by the novel is currently in production by Studio Ghibli and director Hayao Miyazaki.

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A discret but bold invitation to reflect to how we live

5 stars

Despite having been written in first half of the 20th century, this book and its content resonate with questions one still faces nowadays. Under the appearance of being a book about the kind and caring relationship of a teenager boy and his uncle, it reveals itself to be invitation to look at life (the life, the lives, our life, etc.) from a different perspective and to look at it with kindness and courage. This book is not an elitist one: it is an easy read (the simple words and the length make it very accessible) but its content is not less valuable and powerful.