Book Review: No Longer Human

I’m branching out into book reviews now.

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Background information: This book was written by Japanese novelist Osamu Dazai. It’s the second best selling novel in Japan. Dazai committed suicide shortly after the book was published in 1948.

The book is divided into three notebooks: childhood, high school and university, and adulthood. Yozo never thought of himself as a human. The book is about his life, and a lot of miserable events happen to him. Yozo never truly felt happiness.

I became interested in No Longer Human because a lot of people said that it was “depressing” to read. However, I never felt sad while reading it. The book is in first person and I understand why Yozo did the things that he did. I don’t think Yozo did anything wrong and never felt frustrated with his actions either. Instead, the book made me feel very calm. I never felt angry or any other strong emotion. A friend of mine stopped reading the book halfway because it became depressing to read. I had a different experience because the writing compelled me to finish the book. Even though my heartstrings were not tugged or pulled, I was interested in reading the story to the end.  I was about to finish the book without having formed an emotional attachment to it until I read the last page of the third notebook.

I was shocked. There are three sentences on the last page, and I could not believe it. The last page of the third notebook changed my view of the book completely. The writing is phenomenal! I do recommend this book.

Fair warning: It may be triggering for some people because there is suicide, death, rape, and self-sabotaging behaviour.

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14 thoughts on “Book Review: No Longer Human

  1. I agree with Joseph! Excited that you’re branching into book reviews. I love Dazai. His books tend to be amazing and very thought-provoking, so I’m super happy you liked this. 🙂 Looking forward to more reviews. Happy reading, Rose! ♥

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  2. Wow…cool to see you go into book reviews indeed! I have never heard of this book before, and you saying that this it’s the second best selling book in Japan, makes me very interested in this. Terrific review!! Looking forward to seeing more of these in the future 😊😊

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    • Ohh, Bungou Stray Dogs, right? So many of their characters are based on authors like Edgar Allan Poe and Edogawa Ranpo. Dazai is my favourite character from the show as well!! It is interesting for sure. In fact, that’s how I found out about this novel in the first place, from Dazai’s name in the anime.

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