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.


Book review: The Memory Police

The Memory Police
by Yōko Ogawa
Translated from the Japanese by
Stephen Snyder
Penguin/Harvill Secker
was first published in 1994
Science Fiction/Dystopia
Japanese Literature
288 pages


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I have enjoyed a lot The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yoko Ogawa. The Memory Police, her latest novel to be available in English, is in the dystopia genre, so I thought I would try it.

The main idea of the book is simple: on this little island, a special police arbitrarily decides that things should disappear, one at a time.

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Book review: Killing Commendatore

Killing CommendatoreKilling Commendatore

by  Haruki Murakami
Knopf Publishing Group

Genre: Literary fiction
688 pages


In just a few days, I devoured this new 680 page novel by Murakami, and I’m still a bit stunned by its beauty, and disappointed I’m done. So far, I kept saying 1Q84 was my favorite by him, but now Killing Commendatore replaces the top place in my chart.
There’s something in Murakami‘s writing (or I should say, in his translator’s,  kudos to Philip Gabriel!) that I have not find in any other writer to that extent: I will call it a flow.

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