Japanese Literature Challenge 6 season and I haven't posted on anything yet. The challenge is hosted by Della Bellezza and I think I've participated in 5 of the 6 challenges. I hold this challenge as one of my favourites because it takes me into new worlds of literature that I would have never done before - and I enjoy it.
I originally posted my intentions for this challenge here, but it did not include this one - Murakami's 1Q84. It's HUGE by my standards (I'm not an avid reader and I've had a fear of books over 500 pages long). Still, I couldn't resist it when I was about to go on holidays to a remote tropical island.
This is the real world, there is no doubt about that.
But in this world, there are two moons in the sky.
this world, the fates of two people, Tengo and Aomame, are closely
intertwined. They are each, in their own way, doing something very
dangerous. And in this world, there seems no way to save them both.
Something extraordinary is starting.
and from another blogger who struggled in the beginning, but in the end loved the book - she comments on a characteristic of Murakami's writing:
The Fantastic. Interspersed with the seemingly mundane aspects of daily
life are moments of magic and utterly bizarre surrealism. Again,
Murakami succeeds in poking that chink in our armour, our Achilles heel –
which is love of the supernatural, and the otherwordly. How else could
readers bear to read page after page about Coca Cola, and The Beatles,
and jazz cafes, and downtown Shibuya/Shinjuku (though in 1Q84 it’s more
Janacek’s Sinfonietta and Remembrance of Things Lost/Past - i.e.
the elusive Marcel Proust), and how to prepare the perfect grilled
mackaron with grated daikon radish, and miso soup with tofu and
littlenecks and green onions, and cucumber slices with wakame seaweed in
So, while I'm working on finishing this epic, I've also found something else that interests me for this challenge - Alex Kerr's 'Lost Japan'. See this review.
Any other suggestions? preferably shorter books?