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Hearn And The Sea

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This chapter explains the crucial point of Lafcadio Hearn's salvation, using Papa Yakumo-o omou, written in 1931 by Koizumi Kazuo (known as Father and I, Memories of Lafcadio Hearn), and Hearn's first novel, Chita, in which the author believes Hearn's childhood experiences are indirectly reflected. It was by learning how to swim in the sea that he received consolation as a child and was able to regain his confidence in life and become less fearful of the outer world. That is, the child Hearn was saved by learning how to swim, and, when he became a father, he tried to transmit this secret of survival to his children of mixed parentage by teaching them how to swim in the sea. Hearn's love for the sea is genial. Like Byron he delighted in the sea and always came out with a buoyancy of spirits.

Keywords: childhood experiences; Chita; Koizumi Kazuo; Lafcadio Hearn; sea



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