Ryu Murakami essay
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To kickstart the Ryu Murakami session I would just like to mention March was Made of Yarn includes an essay by him on his thoughts about the earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear disaster.
Personally I don't where to start with my reading. But I am looking forward to following everyone's thoughts here.
I've read three by him -- Sixty-Nine, Piercing, and Almost Transparent Blue. The first two are probably good starting points.
Here's an interview with him by his translator that introduces some of his works:
Thanks for the link.
The only work of his I've read is Sixty-nine. Saw the movie too but definitely the book is better. Have to think which to tackle next. Probably Almost Transparent Blue.
Thanks for the review. I may start with Piercing then before ATB.
Anyone else read any other of his works? I was quite surprised to see quite a lot in translation. Been out of touch with Jlit lately.
Thanks for the link. I bought Almost Transparent Blue, so that's the one I'll start with.
I am struggling through Almost Transparent Blue, hoping I will find something to like about it!
I hope you find something, Rebecca, but as I suggested above, I really think the novel got as much attention as it did only because it was, in its time, transgressive and touched on the hot-button issue of relations between Japanese (women in particular) and the American occupiers.
Well, dcozy, I felt some improvement towards the end; I started a thread on it for this group and posted my review there. I did feel the portrayal of the African-American soldiers was a little stereotypical -- interesting to learn that Japanese - US relationships were controversial at the time.
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