Deal Me In Challenge. Better Late a Than Never, Right Jay?

Well, here’s an interesting place to be: combining my Japanese Literature Challenge 8 with Jay’s Deal Me In Short Story challenge. You know how I love reading with others, how you broaden my perspective and understanding infinitely more than if I was reading alone (as I did in my pre-blogging days circa 2006). My interest in short stories was already piqued when Jacqui posted a fascinating review of Edith Pearlman’s Binocular Vision, which I immediately bought upon finishing her post.
So, here’s a rather strange list of short stories, combining my penchant for Japanese literature with Jacqui’s mention of a wonderful writer, and a few titles by Annie Proulx to boot. Hey, don’t laugh. They’re from the collections I have laying around as yet unread. And, Haruki Murakami has mentioned
that one of his favorite authors is Raymond Carver, who starts off the list:
A.  Feathers by Raymond Carver
2.  Chef’s House by Raymond Carver
3.  Preservation by Raymond Carver
4.  The Compartment by Raymond Carver
5.  A Small Good Thing by Raymond Carver
6.  Vitamins by Raymond Carver
7.  Careful by Raymond Carver
8.  Where I’m Calling From by Raymond Carver
9.  The Train by Raymond Carver
10.  Fever by Raymond Carver
J. The Bridle by Raymond Carver
Q.  Cathedral by Raymond Carver
K. The Hellhole by Annie Proulx
A. The Indian Wars Refought by Annie Proulx
2. The Trickle Down Effect by Annie Proulx
3. What Kind of Furniture Would Jesus Pick? by Annie Proulx
4. The Old Badger Game by Annie Proulx
5. The Dragon by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
6. Kesa and Morito by Ryunosuke Akutagawa 
7. The Martyr by Ryunosuke Akutagawa 
8. Yam Gruel by Ryunosuke Akutagawa 
9. Rashomon by Ryunosuke Akutagawa 
10. In A Grove by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
J. Inbound by Edith Pearlman
Q. Day of Awe by Edith Pearlman
K. Settlers of Edith Pearlman

A. The Noncombatant by Edith Pearlman
2. Vaquita by Edith Pearlman
3. Allog by Edith Pearlman
4. Chance by Edith Pearlman
5. ToyFolk by Edith Pearlman
6. Tess by Edith Pearlman
7. Fidelity by Edith Pearlman
8. If Love Were All by Edith Pearlman
9. The Coat by Edith Pearlman
10. Mates by Edith Pearlman
J. How to Fall by Edith Pearlman
Q. The Story by Edith Pearlman
K. Home Schooling by Edith Pearlman

A. The Third Night by Natsume Soseki
2. Yesterday by Haruki Murakami
3. The Izu Dancer by Kawabata Yasunari
4. Merry Christmas by Dazai Osamu
5. Unzen by Endo Shusaku
6. The Bet by Kobo Abe
7. Omnagata by Mishima Yukio
8. The Duel by Kaiko Takeshi
9. Prize Stock by Oe Kenzaburo
10. The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
J. Dreaming of Kimchee by Banana Yoshimoto
Q. Aguri by Junichiro Tanizaki
K. Carp by Masuji Ibuse

Don’t you want to read short stories with us now?

9 thoughts on “Deal Me In Challenge. Better Late a Than Never, Right Jay?”

  1. That's a great photo – and an even greater story roster! Proulx & Carver are close to “can't miss” choices. I don't have a lot of experience so far with other Japanese writers, so I'll count on you to help me improve that.


  2. I thought the photo resembled origami…a bit…and hence its inclusion in the list of many Japanese authors. I have loved every Raymond Carver story I've ever read, and the same goes for Annie Proulx. The Japanese authors are ones i want to know more about myself, and as for Edith Pearlman, she's brand new. But highly praised by Ann Patchett as well as Jacqui of

    I'm eager to dip into the challenge this year and carry on properly next. Thanks for the idea, Jay.


  3. A great selection of short-story writers there! I've also enjoyed every Raymond Carver story I've read; such a talented writer. And I need to try a few of Murakami's short stories, more by Murakami full stop.

    Thank you so much for the mention and link to my post on Edith Pearlman; that's very kind of you.


  4. Jacqui, I'm so glad you introduced me to a Edith Pearlman! As for Murakami, feel free to join in the read along of his latest book, from August 12 through September 12, if you'd like.


  5. Thank you, Bellezza. I am planning on reading something by Murakami in September, but as I already have three or four of his other books in my tbr pile, it'll be one of those!


  6. Absolutely, get to those first. Now I wonder what they are. My favorite Murakami is Kafka on The Shore, then The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, then After Dark. Everyone loves Norwegian wood,mbut it's so sad! Well, I guess elements of sorrow are in all of his novels, but that one especially broke my heart. I guess because it has personal connections to my own life.


  7. I have Kafka, Wind-Up Bird and a short story collection, The Elephant Vanishes. I'm tempted to go for the short stories as I'm still quite new to Murakami. Oh, I can appreciate why you found Norwegian Wood so sad; I felt the same way…


  8. (I'm catching up on blog posts I missed in the past few weeks. Hence my tardy comment here.)

    I'm really excited that you've joined Jay's challenge! I can't wait to read some of your thoughts on these stories – especially the ones that cross over with the Japan Lit challenge. May the cards bring you much happy reading!


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