Saturday, January 31, 2009
Japanese Literature Challenge II Wrap-up
I've completed the wonderful Japanese Literature Challenge 2 hosted by Bellezza and I had so much fun that I can't wait for Challenge 3 to begin!
I chose to read and review:
Out by Natsuo Kirino
Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
I must say that my favorite was Kafka on the Shore, but then I'm a Murakami fan and love the way the author makes me suspend disbelief and sometimes "feel" my way through the story requiring me to exercise parts of my brain that don't often get exercised!
Out was a very Noir experience that kept me reading late into the night.
Asleep is probably best described as quietly beautiful. Some of Yoshimoto's passages were worth several readings.
I encourage you to visit the Japanese Literature Challenge 2 blog to read the great reviews submitted by participants of the challenge.
A big THANK YOU to Bellezza for hosting this Challenge!