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hakase

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Amazon JP | Bookwalker

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We started reading on September 19th, 2020.

(Note: One physical page contains ~80% of the text of one BookWalker “standard page”.)

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Are you planning to read 博士の愛した数式 - The Housekeeper and the Professor :mortar_board::abacus: with the book club?

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  • Yes, but I might start late
  • Not sure
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If so, which version will you be reading?

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@Kumirei Thanks for letting me know that the book arrived safely! I created this home thread so that we can discuss the schedule here (which I think is more focused).

I noticed that there are 11 chapters (at least in the ebook). What I would be interested in is

  1. The start page of each chapter
  2. The end page of the last chapter
  3. Whether the chapters start on their own pages or on the same page as the previous chapter ends.

Thank youuuu :kissing_heart:

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There is no TOC ANIME%20NITRO%20EMOTE%20SERVER-1

Chapters all start on new pages

Chapter Pages Count
1 5 - 33 29
2 34 - 62 29
3 63 - 94 32
4 95 - 118 24
5 119 - 151 33
6 152 - 174 23
7 175 - 202 28
8 203 - 227 25
9 228 - 256 29
10 257 - 269 13
11 270 - 282 13
参考文献 283 1
解説 284 - 291 8
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I’m “planning” to join, but it highly depends on how I’m managing to read 獣の奏者 and 本好き at the same time.

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Thank you so much! I had naively believed the Bookwalker page which claims

image

but 232 pages is a dirty lie :scream:

In this case, my suggestion for a schedule would be 2 weeks per chapter for chapters 1-9 and 1 week each for chapters 10-11. Which would put us at 20 weeks total. (Unless you say that one page somehow has less text on it than in other books…)

(From the Bookwalker count (plus the amount of text I see in my ebook) I had hoped we could go with 2 chapters in 3 weeks, but this seems to be too fast given the numbers of the real book.)

Opinions and suggestions are welcome!

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On an unrelated note. Just stumbled over 小川洋子’s thoughts about this book in my “Read Real Japanese”

Has anyone read 『博士の愛した数式』を巡って and knows if it is spoilery? Would otherwise really like to read it beforhand to get used to her writing style.

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Oh @Kumirei one final request please if I may: Could you post (or send me - my email address is in my profile) a pic of the first two or so pages of your book? I’d like to compare the amount of text, because maybe the physical book really contains less text per page compared to other books? (Still puzzled by this page numbering thing tbh)
Thank you!

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No problem

Pretty cover

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Thank you, that helped a lot! There seems to be not too much difference to other books, text-amount-wise… So it’s probably not worth trying to come up with a slightly more compressed schedule (especially as we can hit the end of a chapter every other week, which I like). :woman_shrugging:

EDIT: I added tentative breakdown to the OP; please have a look and comment!

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I vote: read before but will enjoy following along with the book club, yay.

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Whoa this Hakase edition looks HUGE (when compared with the graded readers)! Is this a special edition?

For the sake of the reading schedule, could you maybe compare the contents of the first few pages with the pictures Kumirei posted above, to see whether the pages are the same?.. Thx!

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Maybe it’s the perspective in the photo? I don’t think it is any bigger than a regular novel. The chapter page numbers and images all match. Here’s the inside cover of mine.

Edit: mine is A6 size/文庫本

Oh good, thank you for double-checking! Probably your graded readers are smaller than mine because they are of a higher level? I only own a set of Level 2 ones (from the same series as yours).

My graded readers are A5 while most of my novels are A6, just like yours. (I.e. they are twice the size!) But on your picture the novel and the graded reader look like they are almost the same size, so I went :scream: for a moment :joy_cat:

BTW I like the text on that marketing banner! Let’s brace ourselves… :roll_of_toilet_paper: :sob:

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I had set up a vote for the start date of this book club in the Intermediate thread, and it just occurred to me that I should probably cross-post it here as well so that everybody can have say who wants to:

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I would love to read this book, but I am not sure whether I am on the required level (I just reached WK 40). I have read the book in German and I liked it very much.

For those who would be interested in the German edition: it is called " Das Geheimnis der Eulerschen Formel". I found it in a small bookshop in Munich, but it is also available at amazon.

I’ll buy the Japanese edition and see if I can keep up with the club’s pace.

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Welcome to the club!

Unfortunately the WK level alone does not say too much about your other Japanese skills, but since you asked, I’d say level 40 sounds totally fine (especially if you decide to read a digital copy where you have a lookup option, but it should also be fine for the paper edition).
For Japanese in general, I’d say if you have N3 or equivalent knowledge, that should be sufficient. With N4, you might struggle a bit more, but it won’t be impossible if you are willing to put in the energy. You can always ask questions in the threads, and usually questions will get answers quickly.

I must say I’m much more fond of the German title than of the English one which sounds a bit… dunno… “cheap”?
(The German title says “The secret of Euler’s formula”)

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I just bought the bookwalker e-book version. Is there a lookup option for bookwalker e-books? If I read in the browser I could use rikaichamp, but I would rather read with the bookwalker app on an Android tablet.

Not sure about lookup in the web version, but in the iOS app I can hold my finger on a word and I will get a popup that has an entry called “Dict”. This will give me results from my dictionaries for that entry. I’d suspect the Android app works in the same way.
(If you don’t see any results, you may want to select “Manage” in the lower left corner to pick the dictionaries you want to use. Or maybe configure them in some other way…)

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Surely you mean entry called 辞書? :wink:

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The lookup with Rikaichamp does not work in the browser reader, as you can’t mark text in this view. In the Android app, Google translate is used to translate the selected text. The online help does not mention a possibility to configure other dictionaries.