Paperback(New Edition)

View All Available Formats & Editions
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details


An award-winning story of love, friendship, and the power of human connection.

Kohei Araki believes that a dictionary is a boat to carry us across the sea of words. But after thirty-seven years of creating dictionaries, it’s time for him to retire and find his replacement.

He discovers a kindred spirit in Mitsuya Majime—a young, disheveled square peg with a penchant for collecting antiquarian books and a background in linguistics—whom he swipes from his company’s sales department.

Along with an energetic, if reluctant, new recruit and an elder linguistics scholar, Majime is tasked with a career-defining accomplishment: completing The Great Passage, a comprehensive 2,900-page tome of the Japanese language. On his journey, Majime discovers friendship, romance, and an incredible dedication to his work, inspired by the words that connect us all.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Janice P. Nimura

Miura's book owes some of its charm to the skill of her translator, the veteran Juliet Winters Carpenter…Mastery of words may not result in masterly communication, and a great dictionary, like a love story, is "the result of people puzzling over their choices"—a classic tension that has made The Great Passage a prizewinner in Japan, as well as both a successful feature film and an animated television series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477823071
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 222
Sales rank: 416,487
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Customer Reviews