Hello everyone, I wanted to comment shortly on Okada’s style of writing in “No-No Boy”. The passage that stood out most to me was on Page 174, where Ichiro is negotiating what his mother had done for him and Taro. Midway through the paragraph in which Ichiro talked about how “it wasn’t her fault that things didn’t go right,” the progression of his thoughts suddenly change. He says that “she made me do wrong, but I am right in knowing what must be done.” I see this passage as Okada’s way of expressing how the human mind thinks. Especially as people reflect on situations, how sudden the progressions of thoughts can go.
What do you all think of this? I would love to hear about what everyone else in the class thinks about Okada’s writing style!