Japanese Literature Challenge 2015

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Dolce Belleza has been graciously hosting the Japanese Literature Challenge for 9 years! This year,  it runs from June 1, 2015 until January 30, 2016. It requires the reading of at least one work of Japanese literature (or poetry) written by a Japanese author (or poet).

I’m posting this super late, but I have already read 3 since June, and plan to read possibly 2 more.

So my list may be something like this:

  1. In a Grove, by Ryunosuke Akugatawa
  2. Rashoumon, by Ryunosuke Akugatawa
  3. The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro – listened to, really cool!
  4. The Face of Another by Kobe Abe
  5. Grass on the Wayside, by Soseki

NB: to my immense regret, I had to DNF Wind/Pinball, the most recent volume by my favorite Japanese Haruki Murakami. The volume contains two stories, actually the very first he ever wrote, but only now translated in Engligh.
I only read the first, I felt it was all over the place and I was not able to recognize in it the themes that I enjoy in Murakami’s other books. Maybe one day I’ll dare try the second story, which I heard is actually better!
But all lovers of Murakami should read the introduction by the author. It’s a neat sharing of how he started his writing life. This was the best part of the book for me.

Possible alternative titles for Challenge 9

Strangers”/or In Search of A Distant Voice, by Taichi Yamada

An Artist of the Floating World, by Ishiguro

Manazuru, by Kawakami

Volcano, by Shusaku Endo

I Am A Cat, by Soseki

The Sound of the Mountain, by Yasunari Kawabata

Kitchen, by Banana Yoshimoto

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WHICH OTHER BOOK WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE ME
TO READ FOR THIS CHALLENGE?

Japanese Literature Challenge 2014

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More information on this challenge can be found here as well

Dolce Belleza has been graciously hosting the Japanese Literature Challenge for 8 years! This year,  it runs from June 1, 2014 until January 30, 2015. It requires the reading of at least one work of Japanese literature (or poetry) written by a Japanese author (or poet).

I’m so excited to be on time for this! Ideally, I would love to read 8 books for this challenge, but realistically, I’m aiming at 6.

Dolce Belleza is highlighting an author/month, so I’m going to try to follow her, as long as my library has books by these authors, while also integrating titles I’ve meant to read for a while:

June: Kaikō Takeshi (a prominent post WWII writer who won the Akutagawa prize in 1957)
July: Ryunosuke Akutagawa (known as the father of the Japanese short story)
August: Keigo Higashino (known primarily for his mystery novels; Naoko was one of my favorite books last year)
September: Haruki Murakami (a contemporary Japanese writer whose books have been translated in 50 languages and sold in the millions)
October: Yukio Mishima ( a 20th century writer nominated three times for the Nobel prize)
November: Yasunari Kawabata (first Japanese author to win the Nobel prize “for his narrative mastery, which with great sensibility expresses the essence of the Japanese mind”. Nobel prize 
December: Natsume Sōseki (a novelist of the Meiji period (September 1868 through July 1912) whose writing has had a profound impact on almost all Japanese writers)
January: Banana Yoshimoto (a writer who claims that her two themes are “the exhaustion of young Japanese in contemporary Japan” and “the way in which terrible experiences shape a person’s life.”)

Well, of course my library network totally ignores Takeshi, so I’ll start with an alternative proposed by the organizer of this challenge.

So my list may be something like this:

  1. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Year of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami
  2. The Strange Library, by Haruki Murakami
  3. Kira-Kira, by Cynthia Kadohata
  4. Light And Dark, by Natsume Sōseki
  5. Five by Endo, by Shusaku Endo
  6. The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, by Yukio Mishima
  7. The Sound of the Mountain, by Yasunari Kawabata
  8. Kitchen, by Banana Yoshimoto

Possible alternative titles for Challenge 8:

“Strangers”/or In Search of A Distant Voice, by Taichi Yamada

The Face of Another, by Kobe Abe

An Artist of the Floating World, by Ishiguro

Manazuru, by Kawakami

Volcano, by Shusaku Endo

I Am A Cat, by Soseki

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WWW Wednesdays (Nov. 20)

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

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What are you currently reading?

Mistress of the RevolutionLast year, I read For The King by the same author.
I really enjoy well researched and well written historical fiction,
so I knew I had to try her first book on the French Revolution.
It is indeed very good.

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What did you recently finish reading?

The Library At NightWow, 5 stars!
Fascinating views on libraries,
from different angles,
starting in each chapter
from his own personal library
in France
and then talking about the same theme
in libraries in history
and around the world.
I particularly enjoyed the chapter
“The Libary As Order”,
about how we have been classifying books.
Really cool!


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What do you think you’ll read next?

Botchan

If I get it soon enough
from my library.
I have just read one Japanese novel
this year
for  the Japanese Literature Reading  Challenge,
so it’s high time to try another one.
Unfortunately,
the choice at my library
is not as vast as I would want.

HAVE  YOU  READ  ANY  OF  THESE ?
DID  YOU  LIKE  IT / THEM ?
WHY  OR  WHY  NOT ?