Mr Foreigner by Matthew Kneale

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Daniel Thayne, a young Englishman, finds himself trapped in Tokyo; working illegally in a ramshackle language school, his passport lost, he is hustled towards marriage with Keiko, his Japanese girlfriend. In MR FOREIGNER Matthew Kneale brilliantly illustrates the profound differences between Western and Eastern cultures. The problems encountered by Daniel when dealing with the Japanese are at the same time both comic and deeply disturbing. Set in a Japan unfamiliar to most of us, this is a marvellous novel from one of our finest contemporary writers.

About Matthew Kneale

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Matthew Kneale was born in London in 1960, the son of two writers. He studied at Oxford before spending a year in Tokyo where he taught English and first began writing. His latest book, ENGLISH PASSENGERS, was shortlisted for the 2000 Booker Prize and won the 2000 Whitbread Book of the Year Award. He travels extensively and has visited 82 countries to date.
Published November 1, 2002 by Phoenix. 160 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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His girlfriend Keiko is pouty and immature, fond of Mickey Mouse and stuffed animals, but she’s cute and devoted to Daniel in a shy kind of way.

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Memo to twentysomethings tempted to skip overseas to lose their alienated selves in the intoxicating mystery of an alien culture: Don't.

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