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When the ground beneath our feet gave way (After the Quake: Haruki Murakami)

After the Quake by Haruki Murakami is my first Murakami short stories. At 132 pages, it is a thought provoking read. String from the central theme, each of these stories, as their collective title suggests, takes place in the aftermath of the Kobe earthquake, but because none of them is directly linked to it, they allow Murakami … Continue reading


JLit Book Group Discussion: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima

Tanabata of In Spring it is the Dawn is organising a Japanese Literature Book Group discussion of The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima. Since I read the book, I’ll join in with the discussion and answer some of these questions. What did you think of the novel? Did you enjoy it? Why, or why … Continue reading

Hello Japan! November mini-challenge: Five Questions (a Japan meme)

Mini Challenge hosted by Tanabata of In Spring it is the Dawn always got me excited with all things Japan along with Tanabata’s exciting assignments and meme. This month I will be answering some of the questions about Japan. Here goes: My favourite Japanese author is Yukio Mishima because he had 6-packed abdominal muscles and he … Continue reading

When Beauty led to destruction (Yukio Mishima: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion)

You have very much figure out that I am a fan of Mishima by now. This is my third Mishima book and I have resolved to fork out money to buy the rest of his backlist because I badly want to read them all and because my local libraries don’t stock every Mishima’s title. I … Continue reading

The Maid by Yasutaka TsuTsui

The Maid by Tsutsui Yasutaka and translated by Adam Kabat was beckoning to me where it sat pretty and new in the library shelf. Unknown to me at first glance, The Maid (家族八景, or Kazoku Hakkei also titled What the Maid Saw) was originally written in 1972. I tried to read the book in the … Continue reading

Banana Yoshimoto: Asleep

Picking up Yoshimoto’s novel to read is like a quick bite. Like a Mars bar or a Snicker bar. It gets chewed on very quickly, you will probably like it and then you crave for the next one, but they will never fill you up or make you think about the last wonderful meal you … Continue reading

Yukio Mishima: The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

What is it with books that feature seemingly innocent children or teenagers commiting evil acts that disturb the mind of the common reader? Ian McEwan’s Atonement, William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, movies like Omen etc. are such and they went on to became bestsellers. Riding on this theme is this book. The first ever book which contains … Continue reading

After the Banquet, the real life begins

After the Banquet (宴のあと, Utage no Ato) is a novel by Yukio Mishima. It follows Kazu Fukuzawa, an attractive, middle-aged proprietress of an up-scale Japanese restaurant called Setsugoan that caters to politicians, mainly the conservatives. Kazu is a strong-willed single woman who runs her fashionable restaurant with a combination of charm and shrewdness. Kazu arrived … Continue reading

Changeling by Kenzaburo Oe

Changeling is published in the USA 3 months earlier than UK. As you can see, the cover of the UK edition is beautiful, with sort of transfer sheet for baking with dotted yellow flowers as outer flap and the vertical title, a typical layout of the kanji characters seen in far eastern novels (In the background … Continue reading

After Dark by Haruki Murakami

Opening paragraph: Eyes mark the shape of the city. Through the eyes of a high-flying night bird, we take in the scene from midair. In our broad sweep, the city looks like a single gigantic creature –or more like a single collective entity created by many intertwining organisms. Countless arteries stretch to the ends of … Continue reading


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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)