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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We take them into adulthood with us and they form what kind of adults we are. Not only was I sucked in immediately, but I had to know how much is still true.

Aug 10, Morri Jones rated it really liked it. She discusses different aspects of the two cultures and her experiences in different chapters under headings like: But here’s the thing: It’s always interesting reading about the differences in cultures.

It is a good read. She was forthcoming and not very kind about rules, expectations and impossible standards women are expected to follow. On one side, it mpri really interesting. Please provide an email address.

Polite Lies

She is very anti-Japanese even having been born and raised there for 20 years! Mori cannot be effective if she is not cruel. Dec 02, Jennifer rated it really liked it. In any book like this, a writer is going to have to paint with broad kyomo to compare and contrast lives in two countries.

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Mori spent the first 20 years of her life in Japan and the last 20 in the midwestern US where she lives currently, and has only made a few short visits back to Japan. No holds bar approach.


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Her father remarried one year later, but the household was not a happy one, and Mori looked for ways myoko stay away from home. After a while the book gets kind of silly, all this Japan-bashing and picking apart of the mundane.

The Shared Wisdom of Mothers and Daughters. Do to men what Hemingway did to women The book is about rejecting polite lies for the sake of honesty. I enjoyed the honest and eye opening comparisons of Japanese and American cultures.

Okay, the vegetarianism has nothing mroi do with her as a writer; I’m just a biased meat eater. When I read about how doctors avoided telling patients and their families the truth about terminal illnesses, I cried.

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In both places she has been an outsider, unable to quite mimic everyone’s polite lies. We will not listen to father’s side. Practice Random Acts of Kindness. It gives a sense of legitimacy to things that are happening around us This is getting three stars because I have mixed feelings about it. It’s not like she has loads of great things t This book should have been called, ‘I’ve Got an Ax to Grind with Japan’.

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I was curious about what observations she had to make about being a woman kyokp was raised in Japan and grew into adulthood in the American Lie. Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. Buddhist Thought and Applied Psychological Research. Some of the observations seem like broad generalizations and others seem to be heavily influenced by iyoko very unhappy childhood where her mother committed suicide when she was just a girl and she had to endure an abusive and unloving father who may have been a sociopath.

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By the time I got to the part about polihe rigid symbolism of frogs and ponds in haiku, I realized how very angry she was. Polite lies help us stomach the world.

The author goes into great detail about her struggle with trying to come to terms with her roots and the pull of home, but her yearning to find what feels like home to her. She got married and continued to make her home here. It kept my interest and I read it in only a few days.

Jan 26, Sandy D. She was struggling to give her a voice that she never had