Tuesday, 15 October 2013

52 books 50

Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami

Existence and the nature of reality and the dark corners of our mind. Detachment and suicide also feature in all of his books that I've so far read. I was excited when I started to read this book that it follows on at a later date from the wild sheep chase.The wild array of characters, all beautifully drawn and the engaging story, a delight and as always thoughts about the meaning will haunt you. I also loved the inclusion of a character whose name was an anagram of Haruki Murakami!!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

52 books 49

A wild sheep chase by Haruki Murakami

Seriously surreal dominated by the search for a sinister sheep, easy to read but difficult to understand. Murakami explores themes of love ,loss and transience of the human condition and a search for reality in an unreal and hostile environment.His novels are very thought provoking as so much is unexplained, and are underpinned by an underlying sense of sadness and loss. A truly original writer

Thursday, 3 October 2013

52 books 48

The Calligrapher's daughter by Eugenia Kim

My daughter went through a stage when she was younger when she was obsessed with Korean pop, boy bands and drama series ,some of which I watched with her. This book is set in Japanese occupied Korea and spans 30 years in the life of Najin Han.The culture, the hardship and the engrossing story and characters and the lyrical style make this book one to read.I loved it.