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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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The Storms Can’t Hurt the Sky. So, be a feminist Hemingway. Feb 14, Karen rated it really liked it.

It’s not like she has loads of great things to say about the US, but we do fare quite a bit better under Mori’s very unforgiving opinions and views than our Japanese counterparts.

It gives a sense of legitimacy to things that are happening around us I hope this book mor you think of home, reader.

Kyoko says toward the end of the book, “We mean so many things by home. Honesty can be a release. I’m familiar with the Midwest, especially Green Bay, so I really enjoy seeing her perspective both foreign and familiar on a culture I know so well, as well as her comparisons to Japan. I read this book after living in Japan for a couple of years.

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Lise I’m Bill and I’m Old. Buddhist Thought and Applied Psychological Research. We appreciate your feedback. Anyone the least bit interested in Japan will find this fascinating. The author has spent her time in America examining her own repressive society, and she does not like what she sees.

Mori, Japanese-born but now an American citizen, compares various aspects of femininity and social expectations in both countries.

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When I read about how doctors avoided telling patients and their families the truth about terminal illnesses, I cried. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. I felt sad that she and her husband couldn’t compromise a little and stay married.

I am obviously less familiar with Japanese culture, but there were several instances of Mori universalizing dynamics that may be unique to her family; many of the Japanese reviewers I’ve read tend to share this critique. Lifestyles of the Rich in Spirit Alan Cohen title.


The world sees little more than a winner, a benign petty king or diamyo, a leader bearing terrible burdens. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! Okay, the vegetarianism has nothing to do with her as a writer; I’m just a biased meat eater.

And now, by airing these grievances out publicly, by politee in her most honest moment that you, father, are nothing but patriarchal stereotype and buffoon, she is having her revenge. Overall rating No ratings yet 0.


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Her commentary on writers also rings wonderfully true, especially her observation that she views a well-written book with the same admiration as she views an Olympic athlete’s performance, because they are both perfect examples of their craft. I was lazy today and read fast, but next time, I’ll be poring over it slowly as it should be read. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Return to Book Page.

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Of course, she argues, there are polite lies–religious rituals, for example, or the platitudes we utter in the face of adversity–that we need, that offer us comfort and may actually be preferable to harsh truths.

For a culture that values self-importance and material possessions so much it seems strange. In any book like this, a writer is going to have to paint with broad strokes to compare and contrast lives in two countries. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It explained quite a bit about the differences in the Japanese and American approaches to conveying information, politeness, and honesty.