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The Cat In The Coffin
Recently widowed Goro Kawakubo, the dashing son of a famous artist, hires an au pair, Masayo, to care for his eight-year-old daughter, Momoko. Her only companion is her cat, Lala. Masayo quickly falls in love with Goro's lifestyle and then the widower himself. One fateful night, Goro meets the gorgeous Chinatsu, who soon becomes his girlfriend. Masayo is tormented with jea...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Vertical
(first published May 28th 1999)
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ahhh... me and japan. such a long and complicated relationship we have. i love japanese food and many japanese films and everycutething silvia brought me back from there. but i dislike murakami and mishima and abe and most of the literature i have read. (ishiguru does not count, obviously) but i keep trying. and i like this publisher - the last thing i read of theirs (now youre one of us), was pretty good. and this is good too. i liked reading it directly after reading that freud book - another...more
Hmmm... sometimes I feel this sort of writing is a joke and an insult to readers... The narrator had a very controlled, cliche method of blatantly telling the reader about what results were to come concerning the "horrific" climax of the book. Not only was this framework trite and boring, but the entire novel was splattered with sentimentality, melodrama, and too much flowery writing. Characters were not very interesting either, and their "depth" (that I assume the writer was trying to convey) f...more
The book and the presence of my cat lying on the desk and keyboard, trying to sabotage my typing, inspired me to write a cat analysis and some helpful hints about cats in addition to my book review. Click here to see my book review and photos!