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A dictionary is a ship that crosses the sea of words.This is the surprisingly fascinating story one man s nearly impossible feat to assemble a comprehensive dictionary While I loved the bits about the planning of the dictionary which words to cut, the choice of paper not too thick, and not too thin the story became bogged down with too much backstory, and too many characters love lives I ll mostly remember this one for the fantastic quotes I jotted down Words and the human heart that c A dictionary is a ship that crosses the sea of words.This is the surprisingly fascinating story one man s nearly impossible feat to assemble a comprehensive dictionary While I loved the bits about the planning of the dictionary which words to cut, the choice of paper not too thick, and not too thin the story became bogged down with too much backstory, and too many characters love lives I ll mostly remember this one for the fantastic quotes I jotted down Words and the human heart that creates them are absolutely free, with no connection to the powers that be.No matter how poor he was in communicating with people, with books he could engage in deep, quiet dialogue Warning While I don t go into many plot details, there are a few lines that hint at some developments So, those wanting to know nothing about character development can consider this a slight spoiler warning.A while back I started my review of The Nakano Thrift Shop with the following This is the type of book that pretty much all my friends would expect me to hate, but that I always love A slice of life novel,on the humorous than serious side and with little to no plot Strange for som Warning While I don t go into many plot details, there are a few lines that hint at some developments So, those wanting to know nothing about character development can consider this a slight spoiler warning.A while back I started my review of The Nakano Thrift Shop with the following This is the type of book that pretty much all my friends would expect me to hate, but that I always love A slice of life novel,on the humorous than serious side and with little to no plot Strange for someone who is usually found reading horror or fantasy I begin again with that as I can pretty much copy paste the exact same reaction here I find that Japanese literature captures slice of life moments better than any other country I ve read It s the combination for me at least of mundane life, but with the added twist in all the ways Japanese lifestyle is different from my own as someone from the US The little differences are fascinating, and the major ones evenso This novel, from what I gather, was a huge success in Japan After its release, it had both a film adaptation and an eleven episode anime adaptation both of which were received fairly positively around the globe though I confess I have not seen either yet.The plot follows the staff of a publishing house as they work on creating a new dictionary, The Great Passage of the title It s a multi year project, and staff comes and goes as the dictionary takes shape Though the main story follows the progress of the dictionary, we get many side stories along the way From newcomers to the project and their reaction to the rest of the office, to people leaving and following their last days on the project Through these almost short story chapters we get to see the lives of our cast evolve Life goes in many directions for them, and I d be lying if I said some didn t work better than others from a plot standpoint, but all around it leads to some well developed characters The best of these characters, in my opinion, is Majime, who starts off as a new editor in the department at the beginning of the novel He s a character I related to a bitthat I was probably supposed to He enjoys company, but finds it difficult at first to associate with his co worker, and canoften than not be found with his nose in a book No matter how poor he was at communicating with people, with books he could engage in deep, quiet dialogue His plot is thoughtful, and we see the most development from him though thankfully the book never tries to fix his personality, and his flaws remain consistent One area of this book I must praise is how it treats its cast It s a common clich to have academics be humorous, stuffy characters This book avoids that completely, with one of the early scenes of the novel being a professor and an editor discussing their first dictionaries and joking about how the professor never looked up dirty words While the novel is not an outright comedy, there are many of these humorous moments of dialogue that humanizes the characters and keeps them far from the classic academic clich I find it hard to find many flaws in this novel, as it does pretty much everything it sets out to do successfully The funny bits are genuinely amusing the emotional bits succeed and feel earned If I had to come up with something, I would say that the character of Kishibe changes a bit too fast It seemed almost as if her attitude towards the job flipped as I sat the book down for the night I get that there was a time skip, but it seemed to happen a bit too fast But that is a very minor complaint All around, this is one I greatly enjoyed and would highly suggest to fans of Japanese literature or those who enjoy a slice of life story A solid 4 5 A fascinating and entertaining story of a small group of dedicated people who worked over 15 years to produce a new Japanese dictionary I especially enjoyed the sections where there was a debate about a specific term or word, which highlighted the nuances of the Japanese language, are truly gobsmacking I now fear writing any word knowing how easily the meaning could be misunderstood.The complexities of producing a Japanese dictionary including the five proofs, type of paper, editing to fit def A fascinating and entertaining story of a small group of dedicated people who worked over 15 years to produce a new Japanese dictionary I especially enjoyed the sections where there was a debate about a specific term or word, which highlighted the nuances of the Japanese language, are truly gobsmacking I now fear writing any word knowing how easily the meaning could be misunderstood.The complexities of producing a Japanese dictionary including the five proofs, type of paper, editing to fit definitions on a page, choosing which words to include or not, maintaining currency of words all made the book a fascinating read.The book also was a feel good story as it delved in the editor, his staff, and their relationships to show that lexicographers may be oddballs but are people with immense skills, quirky personalities and an attention to detail that is formidable One of the benefits of owning a Kindle and having anPrime membership is that they give you a free book each month from a selection of six This month, I downloaded The Great Passage and was pleasantly surprised at its depth and sincerity If you had told me that I d enjoy reading a book about writing a dictionary, well I d probably believe you But this book is so muchthan that The Great Passage has two primary themes the complexity of language and being passionate about a proje One of the benefits of owning a Kindle and having anPrime membership is that they give you a free book each month from a selection of six This month, I downloaded The Great Passage and was pleasantly surprised at its depth and sincerity If you had told me that I d enjoy reading a book about writing a dictionary, well I d probably believe you But this book is so muchthan that The Great Passage has two primary themes the complexity of language and being passionate about a project.Language is all about trying to convey ones thoughts and feelings as accurately as possible To do so, we must use the imperfect vehicle of words Words have subtle nuances, differences in both connotation and denotation, that makes finding exactly the right word a challenge When talking with a friend or writing a speech to be delivered before millions, we use our words to help others understand what we are thinking Even now, as I write this review, I am cherrypicking my words to help you understand what I think about this book Dictionaries, therefore, help us by allowing us to find words that can effectively share our message with as little misunderstanding as possible But this is a constant battle between the gradual changes of language and the desire to keep things static Any language is a complex and dynamical system Over time, languages change and evolve as people use words in novel ways And that is why we must constantly be on our guard for new words, and new ways of using words.The second theme Miura explores is how it feels to be truly passionate about something In this story, the members of the team are all devoted to seeing the creation of their dictionary through to the very end And that kind of enthusiasm can be infectious when shared correctly Even for doing something like reading through definitions of thousands of words, if you love the work, it will be truly enjoyable And it sthan just enjoying the work itself If the people around you are enthusiastic and help teach you their joy, you can partake of it too.Ultimately, I greatly enjoyed reading this book Japanese is a nuanced language, with a great amount of wordplay The translator did an excellent job of explaining the meanings of things without interrupting the narrative flow I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in communication, be it written or spoken.Some of my favorite quotes from the book Gathering a huge number of words together with as much accuracy as possible was like finding a mirror without distortion The less distortion in the word mirror, the greater chance that when you opened up to someone and revealed your inner self, your feelings and thoughts would be reflected there with clarity and depth You could look together in the mirror and laugh, weep, get angry Awakening to the power of words the power not to hurt others but to protect them, to tell them things, to form connections with them had taught her to probe her own mind and inclined her to make allowances for other people s thoughts and feelings He says that memories are words A fragrance or a flavor or a sound can summon up an old memory, but what s really happening is that a memory that had been slumbering and nebulous becomes accessible in words I downloaded this book with using the benefit of Kindle First in May 2017 I was curious how it is translated into English, since this book cannot be discussed without Japanese words and phrases Brilliant The translation is so great and flawless I read this one with both in original Japanese and the translation, the feel is the same I want to recommend this book to all the non Japanese people, and I would like to hear what they think I downloaded Shion Miura s The Great Passage froms 2018 World Book Day selections, but I didn t feel like reading a book about a Trail of Tears like mass exodus, which is what I believed it was from the title The Great Passage sat on my shelf for months, unread It actually has far too much good company on that shelf So many books, so little time The Great Passage is actually a charming novel about writing dictionaries, which was translated from the original Japanese It dovetails I downloaded Shion Miura s The Great Passage froms 2018 World Book Day selections, but I didn t feel like reading a book about a Trail of Tears like mass exodus, which is what I believed it was from the title The Great Passage sat on my shelf for months, unread It actually has far too much good company on that shelf So many books, so little time The Great Passage is actually a charming novel about writing dictionaries, which was translated from the original Japanese It dovetails well with Word by Word The Secret Life of Dictionaries, a lovely memoir from a lexicographer that I read earlier this year Had Kory Stamper read The Great Passage in the original or are the stories of lexicography so universal that anyone from the field would describe lexicographey similarly Regardless, who knew that reading about dictionary writing and writers could be fun True confession I read dictionaries and encyclopedias and cereal boxes as a child Where does the title come from The Great Passage is the dictionary the book s lexicographers are writing Japanese dictionaries apparently have muchinteresting names than those in English Wide Garden of Words, Great Forest of Words, and Great Sea of Words are three of theinteresting names of the real dictionaries cited It s also a great passage for Majime, the book s central character, who is transformed over the course of the book from a geeky, awkward man, the sort of man that inspires others to want to kick sand into his face, to Director of the Dictionary Editorial Department Imagine Clark Kent and Superman If Superman was a nerdy lexicographer When Majime had first transferred to the Dictionary Editorial Department, he hadn t known how to proceed with work or get along with his coworkers He d felt as if he d been blindfolded and sent to grope his way through a labyrinth p 172 It s not only Majime who is transformed Nishioka, the partying, superficial man in their office, engages with their work and, as a result, life He found himself falling in love with his dog of a girlfriend and considered proposing to her What would she say He had no idea, but he was done averting his eyes from his real feelings Nomasquerading p 111 Kishibe had a similar experience Awakening to the power of words the power not to hurt others but to protect them, to tell them things, to form connections with them had taught her to probe her own mind and inclined her to make allowances for other people s thoughts and feelings pp 156 157 This is a book about obsessions and passion Majime, even while courting Hayashi, becomes obsessed by words and his attempts to decode them and it s hard not to follow him as he attempts to distinguish between two Japanese words Don t know Japanese No problem Nishioka, in describing his work with dictionaries said, It was tedious at first, but once I get into it I lose track of time p 111 This is a book of hidden treasures of words, of course, but also people How can a book about a small department at a publishing house creating a dictionary be so wonderful Wrapped up in the main story about the creation of the dictionary there are three different stories about the people in the dictionary department One is about a man who learns to connect with people, one is a woman who learns not to judge others, and the other is about a man who learns that it s ok to show that you care about things.The translator has done a great job There is a lot of discussi How can a book about a small department at a publishing house creating a dictionary be so wonderful Wrapped up in the main story about the creation of the dictionary there are three different stories about the people in the dictionary department One is about a man who learns to connect with people, one is a woman who learns not to judge others, and the other is about a man who learns that it s ok to show that you care about things.The translator has done a great job There is a lot of discussion about the meaning and origin of words and I m impressed by how these have been translated from the original Japanese to still make sense in English A couple of times I had to re read paragraphs a few times to follow the meanings, but the majority of them were easy to follow.The geeky side of me enjoyed the bits about describing words and the look at how a dictionary is created The three stories with their quirky characters provide a warm, human element that I could connect with.I enjoyed this a lotthan I expected to It made me smile while I was reading it and even though the ending has some sad moments it left me happier and I m glad I took a chance on it Also, I love the cover However much food you ate, as long as you were alive, you would experience hunger again, and words, however you managed to capture them, would disperse again like phantoms into the void From THE GREAT PASSAGE by Shion Miura, translated from the Japanese by Juliet Winters Carpenter 2011 Japanese, 2017 English.A team of lexicographers work together to achieve a dream to compile a definitive modern Japanese dictionary The Great Passage follows their work, and their personal lives over 15 yeaHowever much food you ate, as long as you were alive, you would experience hunger again, and words, however you managed to capture them, would disperse again like phantoms into the void From THE GREAT PASSAGE by Shion Miura, translated from the Japanese by Juliet Winters Carpenter 2011 Japanese, 2017 English.A team of lexicographers work together to achieve a dream to compile a definitive modern Japanese dictionary The Great Passage follows their work, and their personal lives over 15 years of time.Miura s characters are lead by Majime, an eccentric and awkward linguist who regularly eavesdrops on people s conversations to hear language in its natural habitat and has trouble expressing himself, so he uses antiquated poetry and metaphors to help There s the elderly Professor Matsumoto who obsessively scans used books stores for words, the editor Araki, the secretary Mrs Sasaki, and a younger set of editors, marketers, and proofreaders, etc Projects are shifted, their department has the reputstion of a money pit but they form a tight knit group working towards this publication.There were some diversions into character s romantic lives which went a little afield for me, but others may like this part of the story Some interesting work culture observations as well, and just how different office politics, authority structure and chain of command differs from the work environment in my country.Overall it was an endearing story of the beauty of words and language Perfect for book lovers and many beautiful passages about the power of wordsAwakening to the power of words the power not to hurt others but to protect them, to tell them things, to form connections with them had taught her to probe her own mind and inclined her to make allowances for other people s thoughts and feelings