Wonderful fool

ISBN: 9780720613209, 0720613205
OCLC Number: 429362605
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
Author: Shusaku Endo
Translator: Francis Mathy
Language: en
Publisher: Harper and Row, 1974, 1983
Publication Place: New York
Japanese Copyright Year: 1959
English Publication Date: 1974
Notes: Japanese title: Obaka-san.
Abstract: Gaston Bonaparte, a young Frenchman, visits Tokyo to stay with his pen-pal Takamori. His appearance is a bitter disappointment to his new friends and his behavior causes them acute embarrassment. He is a trusting person with a simple love for others, and he continues to trust even after they have demonstrated deceit and betrayal. He spends his time not sightseeing but making friends with street children, stray dogs, prostitutes, and gangsters. This novel charts his misadventures with sharp irony, satire, and objectivity.