If you’ve read one socially awkward book about the many different meanings of Japanese words and language, and the efforts of an unusual cast of characters that forms an unlikely team to create the world’s greatest dictionary despite endless obstacles and setbacks, then you’ve read them all. 😉
This was heartfelt and charming, even though it often reads like a rough week at quiz bowl camp. There’s something so uneasy about some of the characters themselves, that you almost feel awkward and uncomfortable just reading about them. . . and I mean that as a compliment, as I think this group of complete misfits was fascinating. I’d like to be friends with all of them. Honestly, I probably am, since I’m also a word nerd and tend to collect unusual people.
When I picked this up, I expected it would suck, and yet I was very close to bumping this up to 5 stars. I think it fell just shy in that I wanted a bit more, especially from some of the side characters. In fact, this is a book that could have benefited from 50 more pages, even though the story is interesting and complete as it is.
Book 230 read in 2018