Reviews EN not YEN
is the nom-de-plume of a certain well known and equally liked
scholar who has apparently been resident in Kyoto long enough
for the feel of the place to have sunk in.
That "feel" has broken out of its chrysalis in the
form of his latest literary effort "EN not YEN".
One first has to define Gambari-kun's delivery vehicle, and I
must confess to some confusion initially whilst trying to come
to grips with "poessays", which are exactly what the
name implies, "poetry melded with essay". In any case,
after picking up "EN not YEN", I found all confusion
magically disappearing page by page. In fact, I devoured the
book, and literally couldn't wait to get to the next "poessay".
The beauty of the "poessay" is that all the garbage
- the punctuation, sentence form - is dross. Gambari-kun gets
you straight to his point in an instant and still manages to
inject pathos, nostalgia, appreciation ... all the trappings
of poetry without the frippery and lace.
As an English teacher, I feel that "poessays" are
an excellent way to convey a normally long, boring story into
something short, to the point and very stylish.
I noticed too that a day after reading "EN not YEN",
I could still recall, if not recite, quite a few of the gems
from the book.... That alone in these days of pulp fiction is
in Kyoto Social