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Goodbye Tsugumi

Readalong #1

The first book I chose for my Japanese Book Club was Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto which I had previously read last year and loved. I figured it would be a good book for people who maybe havn’t read any Japanese authors before (cos they can get a lil crazy), so here is my spoiler review and for anyone who has read the book too, please leave comments for us to discuss!

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Readalong #1: Announcement

As a lover of Japanese authors and Japanese fiction this is something I’ve wanted to start for a while, so here we are.

The basic idea is I post on my blog a book by a Japanese author along with the dates within to read it, giving enough time for you to obtain a copy of the book if it’s something you’d like to join. After the readalong date I will post a spoiler review blog post where we can discuss the book in the comments!

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Book Review: Recent Reads #4

hotelirisHotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

‘In a crumbling, seaside hotel on the coast of Japan, quiet, seventeen-year-old Mari works the front desk as her mother fusses over the off-season customers. When, one night, they are forced to eject a prostitute and a middle-aged man from his room, Mari finds herself drawn to the man’s voice, in what will become the first gesture of a long seduction.

Mari begins to visit the mysterious man at his island home, and he initiates her into a dark realm of both pain and pleasure. As Mari’s mother and the police begin to close in on the illicit affair, events move to a dramatic climax.’

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