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The Makioka Sisters by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
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Finished this two weeks ago and haven't wanted to start another book since. Just want to let that world linger as long as it will...
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Modern Japanese Literature by Donald Keene
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Really annoying that the stories chosen here are excerpts from novels. I'd hoped that they would be fully intact, living & breathing short stories, but no...they're excerpts. Chopped-off chunks of larger, unknowable beings. I suppose such an ...more
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The Pleasures of Japanese Literature by Donald Keene
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Sweet, helpful, and well-worded, but I couldn't help but wish that Keene, a sympathetic expert, had simply said more -- more both about Japan's literary history and about his personal encounters with Japanese poetry, literature, and theater. The ...more
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The Castle by Franz Kafka
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Where did this book come from and why was its author not completely in love with it?

I'd liked Kafka already but felt I'd had enough, knew enough of him... I had no idea. No idea that Kafka could pull such rabbits out of such hats, that a such
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Boston Noir by Dennis Lehane
Boston Noir
by Dennis Lehane (Goodreads Author)
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The series is such a great idea -- noir stories set in various beloved cities -- but the publisher really should have been much more patient in soliciting and selecting submissions! The stories chosen here beg the question: What is noir? Apparently ...more
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The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata
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Impermanence permeates this story of a lonely, dignified girl who discovers she has a twin amidst the perpetual seasonal festivals and waning traditions of Kyoto.
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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
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Mine is a hardcover 1924 copy that I bought from the Bellingham Public Library some years ago. The due date card in the front of the book indicates that they acquired it in 1986. Twenty-eight people checked it out before it was withdrawn and sold to ...more
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First Snow on Fuji by Yasunari Kawabata
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Can a story be done as haiku? Each of the stories here seems to be an experiment with that question. Each presents a season, two images, and a nonconceptual but emphatic link between the two images. Here the sewing machine and the umbrella are not ...more
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
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I’m not sure why I never read this or any of the other Narnia books when I was young – in fact I think I deliberately avoided The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe then, perhaps because its sing-songy title suggested something way too farfetched for ...more
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Diary of a Zen Nun by Nan Shin
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I know that there’s a complaint circulating that too many memoirs are written nowadays, but I think that if someone can write well, which partly means that she can observe well the goings-on inside and outside of herself, then she should, if she ...more
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