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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
4.03
really liked it
I'd felt good about reading a big heavily promoted summer read that didn't involve vampires or zombies, a interesting chewy historical fiction that pr ...more
Jul 27, 2010
Jul 16, 2010
 
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
3.82
really liked it
This is the third book of Murakami that I've read. In each one, the solitary protagonist struggles to understand if they are lonely, if they are unhap ...more
Oct 17, 2015
Oct 04, 2015
 
1Q84
3.89
really liked it
It's an interesting mediation (like other Haruki Murakami books) on the nature of time and perception. What does it mean to climb down the rabbit hole ...more
Nov 27, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
 
Into the Forbidden Zone: A Trip through Hell and High Water in Post-earthquake Japan
3.42
really liked it
I found it a fascinating short read with snapshots of post-earthquake Japan. The American attitudes toward nuclear energy and fear of radiation vs the ...more
May 25, 2011
May 22, 2011
 
Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
3.90
liked it
It's an interesting read, the memoirs of a reporter who specialized on stories of crime and punishment in Japan in the late 20th century. He made his ...more
Nov 05, 2010
Apr 22, 2010
 
Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche
3.89
really liked it
A very interesting oral history, this book will reduce you to tears at various points. The bulk of the book is interviews with people in and around th ...more
Dec 12, 2009
Dec 09, 2009
 
Kissing the Mask: Beauty, Understatement and Femininity in Japanese Noh Theater, with Some Thoughts on Muses (Especially Helga Testorf), Transgender Women, Kabuki Goddesses, Porn Queens, Poets, Housewives, Makeup Artists, Geishas, Valkyries and Venus F...
3.66
liked it
An interesting narrative on how femininity is symbolized and codified by culture with a special emphasis on Japan, Noh theater and geisha with side tr ...more
May 24, 2010
May 11, 2010
 
The Strange Library
3.55
really liked it
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Dec 31, 2014
Dec 31, 2014
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