Book review: The Ten Loves of Nishino

The Ten Loves of Nishino

The Ten Loves of Nishino,
by Hiromi Kawakami
ニシノユキヒコの恋と冒険
was first published in 2003
Translated by
Allison Markin Powell
Europa Editions
6/4/2019
Japanese Literature
240 pages

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Hiromi Kawakami has written several noticeable novels, so I decided to try The Ten Loves of Mr Nishino.
I read it for Japanese Literature Challenge 13
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Europa Challenge 2011

sorry for my followers: reorganizing things around

If you follow this blog, you know how much I appreciated Murielle Barbery’s books. I keep running into reviews of other books published by Europa Editions, and they all sound quite good to me, so I thought I would add thie Challenge to my already long list of Challenges.

The neat thing with this one is that it can be open, no limit of time!

I will try first the Europa Ami level (friend in French): Read 4 Europa titles between July 1st and Dec 31 2011.

Read before July 1, so they don’t count for the Challenge!!:
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Murielle Barbery
Gourmet Rhapsody, by Murielle Barbery
A Novel Bookstore, by Laurence Cossé

Read between July 1st and December 31st:
#1: French Leave, by Anna Gavalda
#2: An Accident in August, by Laurence Cossé

DOES THIS SOUND EXCITING?
WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN THE CHALLENGE?
JUST CLICK ON THE EUROPA CHALLENGE LOGO TO ACCESS IT

#90 review: Departure Lounge

Departure Lounge

by

Chad TAYLOR

173 pages

Published by Europa Editions in 2006

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

This book was ok, with a few interesting turns, but I expected more out of it. When he was a kid, one of his school mates disappeared. The story goes back and forth between this event, and later on in life, when as a thief, he breaks in houses and tries to collect information leading to understand the mystery of the disappearance of his friend.

Once again, I tried to get a decent book published by Europa Editions to finish this challenge, and without having to request any from my library. Sounds like I could have made better choices.

With this, I conclude my Europa Editions Reading Challenge: I managed to read 4 boosk published by Europa editions, but unfortunately, the most interesting ones were the ones I read BEFORE the offical date of the Challenge!

And as the experience was not too great, I will stop  doing that type of Challenge based on publishers; I prefer to focus reading challenges on contents and authors, rather than publishers.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

A young New Zealand woman mysteriously disappears. The lives of those she has left behind intersect and form a captivating latticework of odd coincidences and surprising twists of fate. This is contemporary urban noir at its stylish and intelligent best. [Europa editions]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chad Taylor was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and is the author of five novels (Pack of Lies, Heaven, Shirker, Electric and now Departure Lounge) and his short stories have been widely and internationally anthologized. He was named by Listener as one of New Zealand’s 10 best novelists and The Guardian in England likened him to Paul Auster. He currently teaches creative writing at Auckland University.

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