This story contains themes of an adult and/or sensitive nature, including cults, sex, murder, and sexual abuse of children, both mentioned, and graphic (though not until Book 2, in the latter case).
Our character's journey so far.
For now nothing yet to show here! Will start to summarize from chapter 3 onwards.
Let’s start off with a rough translation of the title, this time informed by previous knowledge of having read the first couple chapters in both English, and Japanese before:
Chapter 1: Aomame: So that I won’t be deceived by what I see.
You can write in your own translations if you want, and I’ll put them here. Let’s see how our view of the chapter title changes as we finish this chapter!
I’ll do my best to write in a sentence to discuss from the book, at least every two days. I need to hold myself accountable to actually reading regularly, and examining some of the grammar as well, since I am aiming for N1 next round of testing. If you have a goal for reading this book, please share it!
Also, do not hesitate to ask questions here about even things you think are basic. I have found that in Japanese, even what seems simple has a depth to it that’s worth exploring. Even if it’s about “why this word, instead of this other word?” or some other small questions. At the least they will serve as reminders to read another page, and give us an opportunity to finetune and deepen our knowledge through explanation and thoughtful consideration.
Now, poll time:
I’m reading along
I’m still reading book, but I haven’t reached this part yet
I’ve finished this part
I’m no longer reading the book
As this is my first thread, please let me know if there is some important piece of information I have forgotten to mention, and if you have other ideas for how to manage this thread and interact in it, let me know!
In other book clubs, we often have a poll in each (weekly or whatever) thread to gauge how many people are actually participating, who is still participating (over the course of the weeks) and how they are doing, e.g. like this:
(of course with whichever questions make sense to you, e.g. “I’m skipping” is from the regular book club and probably doesn’t make sense here).
Me too, getting settled into bed, then I’ll read some pages, and try to make a note of an interesting sentence. I did start reading this a while ago, though, and already discussed some elements with my teacher.
Oh man, I’m so used to reading ebooks that I totally forgot that reading a real book is haaard!.. And I constantly want to press my finger onto the paper to see the kanji readings pop up
Especially if it’s totally “unnecessary” kanji like 聴く that probably just exist to annoy me… (Anyway, this particular one tripped me up so often by now that I’ve added it to today’s Kanji writing lessons - that’ll teach it!)
But I also have a serious question
Page 11, column 4:
I understand the general meaning (I’ve read the German translation at some point) but I’m having trouble parsing this 湖目 part. Is this a word? “The eye of the lake”?? Jisho and Google search are not helpful, they present me with lots of Chinese pages, and it seems to be a Chinese name as well?
Or is this two separate things, like (不吉な湖) (目を読む)? “Read the sinister lake with the eye”? But that would be ungrammatical, and を would be the wrong particle.
Haha, I didn’t even think to check the book! I completely read over this word in my reading last night. Didn’t think anything odd of it. Thanks for checking! Even so, I already went down a rabbit hole and found this article on 芝目を読む:
Hmm, I think I need to take a step back on this phrase again. Would it be correct to break it down like this:
渋滞に巻き込まれたタクシーの中で聴くのにうってつけの音楽 - it is the best music to listen to in a taxi stuck in traffic
とは - quotation and contrast
言えないはずだ - literally: should not be able to say (which I read as: can probably not say)
or how would you translate the last bit?
Edit: Oh, you answered this already, I did not get that when I read it first: