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The Great Passage
The Great Passage | Shion Miura
A charmingly warm and hopeful story of love, friendship, and the power of human connection. Award-winning Japanese author Shion Miuras novel is a reminder that a life dedicated to passion is a life well lived. Inspired as a boy by the multiple meanings to be found for a single word in the dictionary, Kohei Araki is devoted to the notion that a dictionary is a boat to carry us across the sea of words. But after thirty-seven years creating them at Gembu Books, its time for him to retire and find his replacement. He discovers a kindred spirit in Mitsuya Majimea young, disheveled square peg with a penchant for collecting antiquarian books and a background in linguisticswhom he swipes from his companys sales department. Led by his new mentor and joined by an energetic, if reluctant, new recruit and an elder linguistics scholar, Majime is tasked with a career-defining accomplishment: completing The Great Passage, a comprehensive 2,900-page tome of the Japanese language. On his journey, Majime discovers friendship, romance, and an incredible dedication to his work, inspired by the bond that connects us all: words.
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squirrelbrain
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This was one of the free World Book Day books from Kindle. It‘s a sweet (and sometimes sad) tale of a group of people compiling a Japanese dictionary. If you like words, definitions and quirkiness you‘ll love this book!

@RachelO I think you‘ll enjoy this one....

RachelO Ooh, that sounds great! I think I need 3 months of reading Japanese books - I‘m getting a build-up 💕 9mo
Eggs I loved it 9mo
kathedron Loved this book ❤ 9mo
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jdiehr
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After reading this, I am certain that I will never look at a dictionary the same way again. The work that goes into putting one together as described in this book was painstaking. Sadly, I found it a little too tedious. There were some good moments, but not enough for me to give it a "pick."

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Well-ReadNeck
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Charming. I completely fell for this book. Listened in audiobook and found it to be a good narration. #MountTBR

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Echo
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It's a dollar on Amazon! This is such a beautiful book!

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Pickpick

This was a pleasant little read. I'm not sure if anything was lost in translation as it was a little strange in some places. The characters were likeable and interesting and the ending was quaint but not in a cliched way.

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Lcsmcat
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A boy discovers his love of all things #dictionary. #quotsyoct18

GingerAntics Never thought of this before, but it makes total sense. 1y
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kathedron
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A small team of lexicographers compile and publish a dictionary over fifteen years. Sounds dry? Not in the least! It's delightful, a feel-good book without saccharine or fluff. I loved the contrast between Majime's precision and exhaustive referencing with the definition of words and his ineptitude with the spoken word (and his love letter is at once funny and painful).

I can only regret what I must have missed by having to read in translation.

AlaMich You may have already read it, but The Professor and The Madman is about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary and is a great read! 1y
kathedron @AlaMich Well that sounds fascinating: stacked! 1y
mhillis I‘m glad you enjoyed it! There is a movie too. 1y
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kathedron
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Kindred spirit, anyone? Actually, Majime makes me look like a total amateur.😉
(Yes, that is my ancient Kindle, getting in on the Litsy action once again!)

Lcsmcat I loved this one! 1y
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Just started this one. Very interesting so far.

mhillis I loved this! 1y
tif @mhillis I'm hoping I will too :) 1y
kathedron Thanks for the reminder: I'd completely forgotten I have the e-book on loan from Prime library. 1y
tif @kathedron 😂😂 1y
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I love this prose. How beautifully the words are put together. And I am learning about dictionary publishing and Japan!

I sailing through this book. I don't want to put it down, but life demands that of me.

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ptkpepe98
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I cannot believe how quickly I am gobbling up this book. I will admit that it took a few pages before I got lost in it, but I'm hooked.

I imagine that the workplace and norms are customary for Japan, but I don't know. I do know that people are people, with universal fears, foibles, and hopes.

Great read that I need to put away. Gotta go to work in 7 hours!

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Echo
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This is such a sweet story. If you want a good-for-your-soul read, this is it. The main characters are relatable and easy to love. This is honestly just a really enjoyable book. Bookworms and lovers of the written word will appreciate this one. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Laura317 I have that on Kindle, but haven‘t read it yet. I‘ll move it up on my tbr. 1y
Echo It‘s a feel good novel! 1y
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Nishioka. This guy is pretty well written. He seems to think he is too cool for the people he is around and over the course of the story learns that those people are the ones that make him happy and make him feel his worth. He has a transformation.
Majime. He is lovable in all the best geeky ways. He ends up finding his purpose during the course of the story, finding love, finding his voice. He is relatable to me, who still feels out of place.

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Echo
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Easy now. I resemble that statement!

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I finished this in the first leg of my trip back. Now I need to pick a book for the second leg! I enjoyed the story and learned about Japanese culture and dictionary creation. A good but not great read. ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

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I started this in the lull before time to dress for the wedding. It‘s going to be my traveling companion on the flight home tomorrow, and so far it‘s very promising.

Tjackson I enjoyed it!! Happy Travels! 2y
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mhillis
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I haven‘t posted much lately but that doesn‘t mean that I haven‘t been reading! I finished 8 books in May and focused on choices for #asianlitbingo
My favorite was The Great Passage! Translated from Japanese, it tells a story about making a Japanese dictionary. Perfect for people who love words and language! #maywrapup

BookishMe Good to see you post again! Hope your academic year has been smooth so far ;D 2y
mhillis @BookishMe Thank you! It‘s going well, just busy😅 2y
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Saw the movie first; it picked up six Japan Academy Awards. Story about geeky young man who joins the editorial team making the Great Passage dictionary; they are weaving together a boat which navigates the immense ocean of words. Hence the title. Quiet, lovely and quite funny. Link to English subtitled trailer: https://youtu.be/c6GfoD9ReqI Movie and book equally good.

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enoyus
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I really enjoyed. It‘s super short but is slow paced. Having some knowledge of modern Japanese culture helped me to understand the book. I loved the quirks of each character and I loved the multiple perspectives. Overall great novel. My first book that was published outside the US.

Nute Cool cover! 14mo
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Tjackson
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26/52 - 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 - I enjoyed this book because I learned a lot about publishing and editing a Japanese dictionary. The characters where likable, but not complex. The story was very linear - straightforward.

26th book read in 2018! My goal is 52!! It is looking promising.

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Smarkies Definitely looks promising that you will meet your goal of 52. 2y
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My weekend reading goals probably won‘t be met because I enjoyed way too many of the delicious margaritas, followed by a yummy Irish Coffee!!! I have been a little slow today, but feeling good enough to finish two books!!!! Wish me luck!

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marineko
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The manga still aren't listed in Litsy so I'm tagging the original novel instead. Bought these yesterday and I can't wait to read them! (I also bought the novel online but I think it got lost in transit 😔)

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Panpan

In my opinion, this book is for a very specific audience. For somebody that has a great interest on how a dictionary is made. The 15 year long work on the "Great Passage" is being tied into the personal lives and the work relationships of the creators. It does have nice moments, but overall I was just bored.

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Starting my weekend early! Starting it with reading, a latte, and a chocolate croissant!!! Life is good! Happy Friday!

jamie_in_the_library Mmmm! Wish I was there! 😍☕️ 2y
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Notmacaroniandcheese
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Amazon World Book Day 2/9
The Great Passage is a cute slice of life book about those involved with the creation of a new dictionary of the Japanese language. Majime is the closest thing to a main character even though it is not always from his point of view that the story is told. Majime is passionate about words and dictionaries and how he impacts the lives of those arroyos him by just being himself is heartwarming.

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Took a day off from work to celebrate my friend signing her retirement paperwork (awesome school librarian). We had a lovely bubbly lunch!!! Now, I get a few hours to read before going to celebrate another friend‘s birthday!!!! Life can be good when you make the right decisions—- good friends, good drinks, good books and playing hooky!!!

DivineDiana Good choices! 😀👍🏻😉 2y
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Tjackson
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Happy Sunday! Getting a late start, but hoping to finish today. It is a cute story.

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37% Read! Ambitious reading goals are awesome, but allergy induced fatigue causing constant napping totally interferes with my reading goals! Ugh!!!!

azulaco I just downloaded this from Amazon too. Hard to resist a free book 😀 and this one sounds interesting. 2y
Tjackson @azulaco Yes, I downloaded it a few days ago. Free is awesome. I really do like the story. (edited) 2y
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Tjackson
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A beautiful way to describe a dictionary!

TK-421 Beautiful! 2y
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Weekend Agenda: Finish Reading 2 Books!!! I am finding this book quiet interesting- who thinks about the challenges of editing a dictionary.

Happy Saturday!!!

MommyOfTwo I read editing as eating and was like wait what? 😂 2y
Tjackson @MommyOfTwo 😂😂😂😂😂😂 I find myself misreading words and laughing because the meaning is so ridiculous. 2y
Eggs Liked this book 2y
Tjackson @Eggs great! Only 10% read so far and I am finding it enjoyable. 2y
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Needed a little break from WWII book, so I decided to read this new book. It short and interesting. Let‘s see if I can finish it this weekend. Then, I may need to read a dictionary, as this passage suggests.

TK-421 I spent hours reading dictionaries as a kid 😂 2y
Tjackson @TK-421 I spent a lot of time reading encyclopedias because that is all we had in our house. 2y
TK-421 I spent a lot of time lost in encyclopedias, too! 2y
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ICYMI enjoy #worldbookday with 9 free Kindle books from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/article/read-the-world

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Amazon is celebrating World Book Day a little early by offering nine ebooks for free! Here is the link if anyone is interested!
https://bookriot.com/2018/04/18/celebrate-world-book-day-with-free-reads-from-am...

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Tjackson
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I am on another book buying fast until June 1, but I downloaded this one free on Amazon!!!!

SauerPatch Nice little loophole there. 😄 2y
Tjackson @SauerPatch Yes, when you make up the rules about spending fasts you can create loopholes like this 😀😀😀. 2y
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I was going to post the books individually, but that‘s just too much posting. So here‘s the link to this awesome deal and you Kindle users can all check them out for yourselves. Several FREE books for Kindle, and most of them have an accompanying Audible book for only $1.99. Don‘t miss out! 😆
#BookSale #BookHaul #AmazonSale

https://www.amazon.com/article/read-the-world

StephanieMarie FYI this is US only. Sincerely, a Sad Canadian 😆 2y
DivineDiana Isn‘t this fantastic?!? 2y
GypsyKat @DivineDiana So great! I downloaded them ALL! 😂 2y
DivineDiana As did I! 😉 2y
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Smrloomis
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Hmm, this one gets a bad review on here. Anyone read this, my fellow Littens?

lovelybookshelf I was meh on this one, but had trouble pinpointing why. I enjoyed it okay, but it wasn't memorable in any way for me. 2y
Smrloomis @lovelybookshelf thanks for commenting. I feel like the premise might just be better than the execution, so I‘ll probably skip it. 2y
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cykitan
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This is a fantastic book to geek out about the Japanese language over.

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What a lovely book!!!

JanuarieTimewalker13 What a beautiful picture!!! Where is that? 3y
Texreader I'd love to walk down this promenade 3y
KatieB Is that Bath, England? 3y
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TheWordJar What a delightful place!! ☂️🌈❤️ 3y
monkeygirlsmama Wow, this looks like a truly wonderful place to visit. 3y
Jen2 I think it is in Italy 3y
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This was a Prime First choice from a couple months ago and I really wanted to love it. The cover, the blurb - it all sounded amazing. *sigh* It just falls flat. I wanted to bail but was over half way through and clinging to the hope the end would turn it all around. Should've followed my instincts and bailed 😑

TrishB I got that too! Probably won't be bothering anytime soon! 3y
Eyelit Good to know! I picked that one as well and I'll move it down the list... 3y
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Starting a recent Prime First choice this afternoon.

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That's a pretty good Tuesday.

Simona Congrats 📚📚📚📚👏👏👏👏👏❣️ 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess Congratulations! 3y
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There are a couple of reasons I'm going for so-so rather than pan. I pretty grumpy today so I suspect I'm even less open to something like this than usual and some of the definitions/etymology were interesting. That said I hated the plot and the characters. It's trying too hard for sweet and quirky and throws all the clichés in but it was just eye-rollingly contrived. The film might be a nice idea (I'm less fussy) but the novel is not for me.

saresmoore I read the synopsis of this and immediately steered clear of this, so I can imagine your frustration. 3y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore I think I was hooked on by the dictionary element and didn't pay enough attention to the rest. Plus, I'm always looking for good light(er) books for when I need a break but I really struggle to find them. I just need to realise that in that situation I just need to re-read Discworld! 3y
TrishB This may stay a while on my kindle!! But it was free, so I'm not too stressed! 3y
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Moray_Reads @TrishB I'm pretty sure the (lack of) price was my main incentive by I probably sultan have known I wouldn't like it. I was hoping for something more like 3y
TrishB It's very hit and miss with the freebies! But you've convinced me not to rush to it 😂 ! 3y
batsy Oh no! The dictionary part of it intrigued me, too, when I saw the description. Too bad about the excessively sweet and quirky; that's really becoming a no-no for me as I get older (and grumpier 😂) 3y
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I'm having one of those days where I can't really see the appeal of being an adult so I'm settling in with some light reading, a bottle of cider and some Milky Way Magic Stars (just because I'm an adult doesn't mean my snacks have to be!)

LeahBergen This looks just about perfect. 3y
Kalalalatja I am with @LeahBergen - I wouldn't change a thing! 3y
tricours Don't you have to turn the page all the time when the print is that big and widely spaced? 3y
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aeeklund Milky Way WHAT NOW?? *scrambles to store* 3y
Moray_Reads @aeeklund they're amazing! Tiny chocolate stars of goodness 😋 3y
Moray_Reads @tricours I do. Lots. And yet I find I actually read quicker this way. Not sure how that works... 3y
erinreads I consumed a lot of pomegranate Old Mout Cider in Scotland and I haven't been able to find in anywhere here since. 😭 3y
Zelma Um, I need to find those Milky Way stars stat! 😮💕 3y
LornaDH I LOVE cider, but that one is too sweet for me. Having Cidre just now. Stella cider kinda weird, but. 3y
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