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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Be the first to discover new talent! I first read Kyoko Mori’s A Dream of Water my freshman year of college four years ago and was struck by how beautifully she writes. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! I hope you read this book and reflect on home deeply like I did.

Polite Lies: On Being a Woman Caught Between Cultures

I’m giving this a higher rating than I gave her first memoir, The Dream of Waterbecause I can see Mori’s personal growth in this one. It’s always seemed true to me that our childhood traumas never go away.

This book was a very interesting read and I learned a lot. She’s more reflective, not quite as angry, and seems more comfortable with herself. The world sees little more than a winner, a benign petty king or diamyo, a leader bearing terrible burdens. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long.

Sometimes the interesting cultural examinations didn’t mesh well morl her life story – which was sad in many ways, especially when it came to her relationship politte her mother. Though there is a sameness to some of these essays, Mori’s observations about lies and oies consequences build to powerful effect. Maybe if I had picked up and started during another time of year, I might have finished it, because I think it was interesti Caveat: So, be a feminist Hemingway.


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That is a very honest notion of home Jan 12, Raquel rated it liked it. The essays are or at least come off as very personal and that gives you a perspective that you could not get any other way. Sep 21, Patrick McCoy rated it liked it Shelves: Refresh and try again. Lie 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.

You will examine yourself, your culture, your beliefs, etc in a new light and will gain a new perspective about the Japanese. Her anecdotes about the variety of apologies and the complexity of the different ways to address someone in Japanese were fascinating.

This is a beautifully crafted series of essays, linked in a lovely way. How to write a great review. Twelve essays by a Japanese-American writer about being caught between past and present, old country and new.

It gives a sense of legitimacy to things that are happening around us Certain phrases stick with me even now. Apr 25, Catherine rated it really liked it. No trivia or quizzes yet. We should listen to the other side of the story…enough polite lies. Jul 17, Jennifer rated it liked it. Mori’s writing grows out of her personal experiences, but she doesn’t always write exactly what happens in her own life.

Interesting, well-written, and insightful, but occasionally more negative toward Japanese culture than I really felt comfortable with. The stereotype just gets worse with each grotesque iteration.

Open Preview See a Problem? The Japanese culture, also seems be very uncompromising, too, and the comparison to the Midwestern culture was kyokko. I also greatly enjoyed her insights on the many difficulties women who want to maintain strength and independence face in both cultures.


As an insight into the psychopathology of Kyoko Mori herself, Polite Lies is unparalleled. I think she has some excellent points, kyomo the illustrations on how linguistics color mpri, but she becomes entirely too unrel I gave it three stars instead of two because I thought the prose was excellent, and you don’t find that so often, and also because I keep thinking about things in the book.

In this powerful, exquisitely crafted book, Kyoko Mori delves into her dual heritage with a rare honesty that is both graceful and stirring. Lots of insight into many different aspects of Japanese culture, not only from a female view.

Ultimately however, her ongoing bitterness regarding an unhappy childhood, and her absolute inability to compromise or view anybody else’s choices as either rational or polire interferes with her capacity to impartially reflect on her homeland.

The Shared Wisdom of Mothers and Daughters. I really disliked this book.

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I own her latest memoir, Yarn: These 12 personal essays Her examination of her family made for very interesting reading. From her unhappy childhood in Poliite, weighted by a troubled family and a constricting culture, to the American Midwest, where she found herself free to speak as a strong-minded independent woman, though still an outsider, Mori explore In this powerful, exquisitely crafted book, Kyoko Mori delves into her dual heritage with a rare honesty that is both graceful and stirring.

You’ve successfully reported this review. Meanwhile, his male privilege leads him to cheat on his wife, cheat on his girlfriend, neglect his children and beat his daughter.