Mailbox Monday September 16, 2019

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Some Prefer Nettles

Some Prefer Nettles:
Japanese Classic first published in 1928
I received it as a gift from Lucy, at The Fictional 100 – thank you Lucy!
While you are here, why don’t you have a look at her fantastic reference book on the classics?

Lucy offered it to me, as she knows my love for Japanese Literature and the classics. I have not yet read any book by this author.
Here is the Goodreads synopsis:

Junichiro Tanizaki’s Some Prefer Nettles is an exquisitely nuanced exploration of the allure of ancient Japanese tradition—and the profound disquiet that accompanied its passing.
It is the 1920s in Tokyo, and Kaname and his wife Misako are trapped in a parody of a progressive Western marriage. No longer attracted to one another, they have long since stopped sleeping together and Kaname has sanctioned his wife’s liaisons with another man. But at the heart of their arrangement lies a sadness that impels Kaname to take refuge in the past, in the serene rituals of the classical puppet theater—and in a growing fixation with his father-in-law’s mistress. Some Prefer Nettles is an ethereally suggestive, psychologically complex exploration of the crisis every culture faces as it hurtles headfirst into modernity.

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Mailbox Monday September 9, 2019

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Guide to Healing the Earth

Tom Brown’s Guide to Healing the Earth:
US release date: November 26, by Berkley Books
I won it in a giveaway organized by Penguin Random House – thank you!

Even though nature is extremely important in my life, I have never read any book by Tom Brown. So I am curious,plus he seems to offer some concrete ideas.
AND, look at this gorgeous cover!
I’ll read this probably early November.

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Vintage 1954

Vintage 1954:
US release date June 18
The great folks at Gallic Books sent this upcoming release by Antoine Laurain. I have read three books so far by this French author, and have especially enjoyed The President’s Hat.
Vintage 1954 promises to be fun, a kind of variation of the movie Midnight in Paris, though the characters end up in the 50s, not the 20s.
“When Hubert Larnaudie invites some fellow residents of his Parisian apartment building to drink an exceptional bottle of 1954 Beaujolais, he has no idea of its special properties. The following morning, Hubert finds himself waking up in 1950s Paris”.
And look at this cool cover!

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