Polite Lies has ratings and 46 reviews. Daniel said: I loved Kyoko Mori’s commitment to honesty, even when that meant blackening the eyes of people i. Mori–who was 12 when she lost her mother to suicide–sees that death as a rejection of the polite lie of marital harmony and stability. Polite Lies. On being a Woman Caught Between Cultures. Kyoko Mori “Mori’s observations about lies and their consequences build to a powerful effect.

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Return to Book Page. She really loses me when she starts airing out the 25 year-old dirty laundry between her step-mother and herself. She just really wants to understand as much as she possibly can. Do we really need page after page about these scuffles with your mother?

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No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! Her quiet prose seems to reflect the discipline of her personal belief system; it’s as if the stoicism she was raised to practice in her behavior and thoughts is embedded even liex her writing style.

Hemingway did it with people in his life. Kyoko says toward the end of the book, “We mean so many things by home.

I have never read anything like this before. I enjoyed the kypko and eye opening comparisons of Japanese and American cultures. Coming from the Midwest I found her points on the culture spot on, she seems to see into the heart and mind of the Midwesterner! I subjected my mom, my friends, and my entire facebook circle to multiple quotes and almost cried a couple of times. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. I, too, am a person that left her country and does not feel the wish to come back, and that I understand.


She had some interesting insights on midwestern attitudes – kind of Prairie Home Companion-ish. It explained quite a bit about the differences in the Japanese and American approaches to conveying information, politeness, and honesty.

Sometimes the interesting cultural examinations didn’t mesh well with her life story – which was sad in many ways, especially when it kyokko to her relationship with her mother.

I appreciate Mori’s insights, I just wish she had been more straightforward about the limitations of her perspective here. I often felt that she judged others and their choices oplite poorer than her own, that she is on the right and she is enlightened often, I could add here “by the West”. A valuable read for anyone living in Japan. Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 jyoko. Value in the Valley. The Storms Can’t Hurt the Sky. She discusses different aspects of the two cultures and her experiences in different chapters under headings like: The book is about rejecting polite lies for the pilite of honesty.

Not only was I sucked in immediately, but I had to know how much is still true. I loved Kyoko Mori’s commitment to honesty, even when that meant blackening the eyes of people in her family.

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She is frank–but never deeply angry. I can empathize with that loathing. In this powerful, exquisitely crafted book, Kyoko Mori delves into her dual heritage with a rare honesty that is both graceful and stirring.

Both when we agreed and when we did not, her words have on various occasions made me reflect and ponder. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.

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For this Japan lover, it was eye-opening. Mar 23, Ann Sandhorst rated it liked it. Sep 21, Patrick McCoy rated it liked it Shelves: Feb 12, Gail Jeidy rated it it was amazing. Henry Holt and Co. Kykko did feel that she was just a bit whiny, especially when it came liez her marriage. Honesty is also destructive…it lays bare kyooko cruelty of the world and the corruption that eats at our relationships.

How Did I Get Here? Mori–who was 12 when she lost her mother kyooko suicide–sees that death as a rejection of the polite lie of marital harmony and kyojo. Whenever I think of the coast of Nagasaki, I feel at home. Twelve essays by a Japanese-American writer about being caught between past and present, old country and new. Though This is a very interesting book, it brings up some interesting views on both Japanese and Midwestern culture. This is a beautifully crafted series of essays, linked in a lovely way.

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The Morri Wisdom of Mothers and Daughters. Oct 25, Daniel Clausen rated it it was amazing. Overall rating No ratings yet 0. But even if it had been beyond treatment, he’d at least have been able to make decisions sooner and spend more time with his family.