(member since Nov 06, 2010)
I absolutely loved this book! I thought the book was more about the relationship between the grandfather and granddaughter and the stories were just stories he told her when they spent time together.
The book made me think of my grandfather. He is the one that inspired me to read. My parents both read, but he was the one that would take my brother and I to the library and help us pick out books that may have been a step or two outside our true reading and maybe even maturity level. One of the books, The Lonesome Traveler by Weldon Hill, is still my brother and my favorite book.
I think I was fortunate to be able to read this for the memories it generated. The story of the Tiger's Wife and Deathless man were just stories. Something for the grandfather/granddaughter to reflect over when they walked to see the tigers together. Like the stories my grandfather told me when we would go fishing together.
I miss him...
I would like to second The Snow Child
is a really good book and is in the process of being made into a movie starring Tom Hanks and Hallie Berry.
I would like to nominate The Orphan Master's Son
. I got to hear the author, Adam Johnson, read from the book this past Friday night and it is fascinating.
Ready Player One
I have heard this book has a lot of 80's pop culture references and would like to read it for that reason. Not sure if it is my "typical" kind of book though.
I am reading it for another book club and am 2/3rds of the way through. It is more conventional than a typical Murikami so the general reading public that typically does not care for surrealistic prose maybe able to enjoy it. Then again, I am only 2/3rds of the way through!
I third the Art of Fielding.
Lisa wrote: "I've read that a lot of Murakami's novels start from his short stories and some of his short stories have begun from his dreams. "
This would explain why I have told others that it reads more like a "dream sequence" than a "story".
I will admit that I liked the book more than I thought I would. It is definitely a new genre for me.
This was my first Murakami and the genre is new for me too. So much of it seemed like it could be reality and some of it just the characters dreams.
Here are some of my questions:
1. The book was translated. How close to the original book does the translator stay? For example there is a part(p231) where Hoshino wins $10 - and the book says ten dollars. Japanese use yen? So why translate to $10?
2. There is a fascination with American "stuff". Ralph Loren Polo, Nike, Colonel Sanders & Kentucky Fried Chicken, Johnny Walker is a whiskey. Is all this in the original translation and do the Japanese readers understand it?
3. What is the significance to both Nakata and Miss Saiki only having a pale shadow?
I have more questions, but I would like to see what some of you think of these first.
There is a pretty gross scene toward the end. The book is pretty whack to me. It kept my interest, but I will agree the Johnny Walker scene turned my stomach. I really would like to sit down and talk to someone about the book as there are parts that I would like to have clarified. Or maybe there are no answers...
I will third/fourth Kafka on the Shore
I will 3rd black swan green!
Loved the James Herriot books, Where the Red Fern grows, Art of Racing in the Rain - all so fantastic. I also loved:Rascal
one of my all time favorites about a boy and his RaccoonThe Yearling
coming of age story about a boy and a deerMy Dog Skip
coming of age story about a boy and his dog.
Hmmm two of my favorite genres blended together - Coming of Age and Animal stories!
On the NO SPOILERS thread, Silver remarked that she wondered what Jacobs intentions for Orito were. Would he have 2 wives - Orito and Anna or would he ditch Anna?
Would your opinion of Jacob be any different if he had taken Orito as a wife?
I really admired his honesty and integrety, but I am not so sure I would have thought the same if he had married Orito.
Jamie, I was thinking they were drinking the babies blood, but I really don't know if it was more than that. I just googled "japanese infantcide" and apparently it is/was a practice by lots of countries since the beginning of time, but skimming the article it seems that the purpose normally was for population control. However in Afganastan the practice is still common today. But that is way off subject.
As far as the Magistrate, I wondered the same thing myself. I decided it was one of two reasons. The first that he was going to be put to death for not having more than 100 samuris ready for battle and thus he knew he would die anyway. The second reason was to ensure that the Abbott died. Apparently the Abbots alcholite was watching everything and if anything out of the order happened then the Abbot would have not drank the sake. If I remember correctly, didn't the Magistrate drink the sake first?
This is my first book that I have read as part of the monthly reads and I loved it. My review is on my goodreads page. I don't know how to link to it.
I loved this book. It was not easy to read, but I could not wait to read it everyday. I loved the characters especially Jacob, Orito and Uzaemon.
I almost got frustrated toward the end when Mitchell decided to add the English characters - more to keep up with, but the whole part they played really helped ink Jacobs integrity, not that it was not obvious he had it the whole time, but to show the true emotion from both sides of the guns. Captain Penhaligon was a very likeable character until he started destroying Dejima. But his part was soo important.
I really liked the way the author seemed to control the speed of the book. So often when I get to a climactic part of a book I speed up and start skimming to see what happens. It seems like Mitchell wrote in a way that slowed me down and I took more time to understand what was going on instead of speed reading ahead to see the outcome.
I am interested to see what everyone else thought.
Jill wrote: "The Angel's Game was even better than Shadow of the Wind IMHO. LOVED IT!"
I am interested in both books. Should one be read before the other?