A Discourse by Three Drunkards on Government takes the form of a debate between a spokesman for Western ideals of democracy and progress, and an...more
A Discourse by Three Drunkards on Government takes the form of a debate between a spokesman for Western ideals of democracy and progress, and an advocate for adherence to traditional samurai values. Their discussion is moderated by the imperturbable Master Nankai, who loves nothing more than to drink and argue politics. The fiction of the drinking bout allowed Chomin to debate freely topical political issues, in a discussion that offers an astute analysis of contemporary European politics and a prophetic vision of Japan's direction. This lucid and precise translation of a delightful work has been designated one of the UNESCO series of classics of world literature. less
I dreaded reading this because I thought it would be comparable to walking through quicksand, but I actually enjoyed it very much. Chomin presented very relevant arguments about Japanese Meiji era in a fashion that anyone with a basic understanding of history and political thought can comprehend. Also a great look into Japanese history in the late 19th century.