Japanese Literature Challenge 12 (State of the Challenge #3)

32 Minutes has a review of Masks by Fumiko Enchi.

Tony has already read five Japanese books, as he likes to begin January with Japanese Literature. (An idea I find most appealing as well.) Find reviews to The End of The Moment We Had by Toshiki Okada, Unbinding The Pillow Book by Gergana Ivanova, Farewell, My Orange by Iwaki Kei, To The Spring Equinox and Beyond by Natsume Soseki, and Toddler-Hunting and Other Stories by Taeko Kōno.

Mel of The Reading Life has reviewed The Elephant and its Keeper by Akiyuki Nasaka, and The Emissary by Yōko Tawada.

Nadia of A Bookish Way of Life has reviewed The Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Makura, and The Tale of The House of Physics by Yoko Ogawa.

Gretchen of Gladsome Lights gives us a picture of tea, Japanese stories, and reading plans here.

Robin has reviewed the classic Japanese film, Ikiru.

I have downloaded Cream, and Nadia has reviewed it here; it is a short story by Haruki Murakami first brought to my attention by Mel of The Reading Life. It is available from The New Yorker here.

Finally, Frances and I have decided to run the read-along of The Pillow Book quite loosely. We will read it as our schedules allow throughout the month of February, perhaps posting interesting bits here and there, perhaps not. At the end of the month, I will write a review, and hopefully Frances will have time to do so as well. Please join us if you like, tweeting, posting, or reading as it works for you.

(Find an updated list of all the participants under the page for the Japanese Literature Challenge 12 in the menu; three of them use Twitter or Instagram as their primary platform. Once again, all are welcome.)

7 thoughts on “Japanese Literature Challenge 12 (State of the Challenge #3)”

  1. M, love these posts – gives me the chance to check out everyone’s JLC12 posts 🙂 By the by, can’t wait to see what you think of those two Hideo Yokoyama books – I really enjoyed them both. Hope you are having a great day. x


    1. Nadia, you and the others have provided great riches, great resources for us all! I need to come by and read all the posts to which I’ve linked, leaving comments as I do. I was busy, though, simply keeping this post updated and current! I hope I haven’t missed anything on the way.

      I am not as caught up in Six Four as I would like to be, and perhaps will be. It seems so very bureaucratic now, which I sense is important to the foundation of the story, but I want to get on to the meat of the plot: what happened to those kidnapped girls?!


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