The Geographer

The Geographer A geography professor from Oregon State University who has never been out of Oregon goes to Japan to teach world geography for two semesters on a program established by Japan s Ministry of Education t

  • Title: The Geographer
  • Author: Jim Riva
  • ISBN: 9781891262012
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Paperback
  • A geography professor from Oregon State University who has never been out of Oregon goes to Japan to teach world geography for two semesters on a program established by Japan s Ministry of Education to promote internationalization Set in Kobe in 1994, the story culminates with the Great Hanshin Earthquake and registers a high reading on the Laughter Scale.

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    1. My husband heard an interview of this book's author by one our favorite radio talk-show hosts. He raved about this book, so my husband thought I would enjoy reading it. I thought it would be such a great book, but it was a huge disappointment. The main character was an Oregonian who moved to Japan to teach geography at a high school after his wife died. Geography has little to do with this story. It is perhaps a book that a man might enjoy, as it seemed to be a man's fantasy. I was going to stop [...]

    2. This story had a lot of potential but was let down by the non-linear telling of it. Instead of jumping back and forth in time, a linear chronological storyline would have made this novel so much better (probably yielding almost two additional stars). The humor in the novel was quite good, although the extreme detail in the character's speech (written in Japanese and the rewritten in English) really invalidated some of the jokes. Overall, I'd say this author has potential but could use a stronger [...]

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