So this week's main review is of No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai.
I read this book when I fell into an emotional rut and like most books I immersed myself in the main character; this time was very different though, i actaully felt i connected with him: the nameless protagonist of sorts who seems to just ramble on his life's story which seems as though it should be sad but I didn't know how to feel about it exactly.
based in post-war japan the story weaves a life together that constantly falls apart. he tells his story so detached from humanity I couldn't help but relate. it wasn't even the fact that the character was existentialist and could look outside of ritualistic life, it was that he begin's to make you feel as he does, and when you come to the climax of his life you realize that he was not human... a truely eye opening experience.
osamu dazai tells the story as though it was written in three books written by the main character, but delivers a powerful epilogue and prologue that really tie together the character's life. this book was beautifully told and will stay with me throughout my life. this book isn't for everyone, but I can definitely see why so many people say that its a marker to base post-war japanese literature.