The Diving Pool: Three Novellas
A lonely teenage girl falls in love with her foster brother as she watches him leap from a high diving board into a pool--a peculiar infatuation that sends unexpected ripples...more
همممم حوض السِّباحة ( هل سأغرق هل سأبتل هل سأسبح ) في حروف هذا الكتاب وبين فواصله بين انعطافات أفكاره و بعد نقاط التوقف فيه , , وقبل أن تلتهم صفحاته مع قهوتها جالت نظراتها في ما حولها لغات غريبة عنها وأخرى ألفتها تستمع لأحاديث اعتلت الأصوات فيها انفعالاً , أو إلى ضحكات هاربة من أفواه صبايا التقطت أذنها جملة أطلقت على بعد بضع خطوات منها , في المقعد القر...more
Thematic and symbolic strains of memory (a sor...more
There is something distinctively satisfying in the simplistic form and aural quality of Japanese writings. For me, at least, reading a verse that was originally written in Japanese can feel like listening to myself speak in a calm and meditative voice—almost as if I were a Zen monk uttering a venerated proverb. It’s like every word has been carefully considered, and every phrase has been infused with meaning deeper than what the sum of each word reveals in plain sight. Perhaps it has something t...more
Ogawa writes with unfettered, graceful prose that is seductive in its softness and simplicity, lending even more shock value to her dark subjects. In the title story, a young girl who grew up in the orphanage run by her parents has grown obsessed with the...more
-The children here suffered from almost every imaginable misfortune, yet it struck me as particularly bad luck to have both parents go crazy, one after the other.
-It was sad that someone could be so kind.
-In fact, I don't really understand couples at all. They seem like some sort of inexplicable gaseous body to me--a shapeless, colorless, unintelligible thing, trapped...more
ولكن هل حقا أننا لا نشعر بفداحة ما قمنا به إلا إذا كانت خسارتنا نتيجة فعلنا كبيرة؟ مخيف هذا الشعور الذي يسحق إنسانيتنا
In the titular story, a teenage girl's parents run an orphanage, and she has grown rather disturbed by the fact of her being the only non-orphan in the home....more
After coming to the US, I think I've been caught up with sensationalism inherent in American culture. I find myself constantly searching for something better, something new, even though my life is pretty damn great. Even the fiction that I've read here have larger than life plots, extravagant characters and a res...more
تستطيع أن تفكر كيف أن شابة في مقتبل العمر خالية من أية طموحات تستطيع أن تقضي الجزء الأهم من عمرها في مكان كهذا !
سنوات المراهقة !
والتي تدفع من يمر بها للتفكير في بعض الأمور الغريبة
البحث عن متعة في ميتم !
تبدو قضية !
The first novella, The Diving Pool, is, I think, the strongest and the most straightforward. The narrator's a girl whose parents own an orphanage, which has made her an orphan of sorts as well. The following two are quite good in their own way, but are missing something that the first has, though they add something new, which is a hallucinatory and surreal sensation.
The first story, The Diving Pool is a story about a teenage girl named Aya whose parents managed an orphanage, Light House. Despite of having those foster children in her so-called house, she feels lonely and secretly yearns to be a foster child herself where she would im...more
Aya dalam diam-diam memerhatikan abang tirinya, Jun membuat terjunan di kolam renang. Oh, ini bukan karya porno tentang incest. Aksi paling hampir antara Aya dengan Jun adalah apabila kedua-dua berhimpitan... bahu (apa yang anda fikirkan!) ketika menanti h...more
The Diving Pool contains three novellas and can easily be read in a day...more
Boy I disagree with the main blurb about "darkly humorous" instead I think Ogawa tries to write with a stillness to help us look slowly and unflinchingly at defects. In the first two, the defects are in the realm of one's characters, ethics warped by other emotions. In the finale, we have a misshapen man, whose physical deformity is perhaps a reaction to the world pressing in on him. Hard to say in that one for...more
Ogawa has a reserved and distanced writing style that I find intriguing. Many of her characters are disaffected, young females, struggling to find their ways in the world, and many of her stories are haunting or disturbing because of the ways these...more
In 'Dormitory', she writes about this sound that she can’t explain. It’s something close to a vibratin...more
"Rie's terrified tears were particularly satisfying, like hands caressing me in exactly the right places – not vague, imaginary hands but his hands, the ones I was sure would know just how to please me." Yikes, huh?
"Pregnancy Diary" - Eerie. Weird. More of Ogawa's nourishing cruelty.
"Dormitory" - Again, cruelty in place of communicat...more
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These three stories, flecked by light/shadow and visceral meals, are as beautiful as they are jarring. First person narration and often ambiguous endings leave many questions unanswered, and I'm left with my own sense of yea...more