The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa ★★★★★

Cats & Japanese literature. A treat to all the feline lovers.  Imagine you went into a grocery store and brought home a packet of a new flavour of instant noodles not like your usual taste. You decide to cook them one particular morning. From the look of it seems like a usual dish, but the smell really draws you in. One by one, slowly and … Continue reading The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa ★★★★★

Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami : Book Review

Once upon a time when going out shopping was not a dreaded affair, I too went to a shopping mall. I wanted to gaze at the clothes, listlessly walk around the store with no intention of purchasing anything. Until I saw a beautiful turquoise blouse. I knew at that very moment that I am going to love it. The material, shine, fit everything was perfect. … Continue reading Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami : Book Review

Men Without Women: Cats, Music and Murakami

It is a collection of seven short stories with a similar sense of eerie, alienation, vulnerability, and loneliness of the male characters dealing with either grief, unrequited love, betrayal, or something completely peculiar. This book is translated from original Japanese by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen. Cats, Jazz, and Murakami with the usual surrealism are the elements that one can expect from this book. You … Continue reading Men Without Women: Cats, Music and Murakami

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata: ★★★.5

A convenience store is a retail store generally opened for long hours containing grocery and household supplies. Keiko Furukura is a 36-year-old working in Hiromachi Station Smile Mart. She is indifferent and sometimes behaves oddly in the presence of humans. She likes being a convenience store woman. She has been working at this dead-end job since she was 18 years old. Neither does she have … Continue reading Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata: ★★★.5

South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami ★★★

You know you are reading a Murakami when you feel you are lost in the world of a pensive mood nostalgic enough to make you emotional, melancholic and composed. Being a regular Murakami reader I have noticed that he has a distinct style when it comes to writing. Even though the elements are very much traceable from his previous narratives yet while reading one might … Continue reading South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami ★★★

Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami ★★★★★

Kafka Tamura, a fifteen-year-old abandons his home to embark upon a journey in the quest of something, something which makes him feel free, something which gives him a profound comprehension of himself, something which absolves him of the devastating prophecy and something which gives meaning to his otherwise meaningless life. Nakata is an old man who has lost the ability to read or write but … Continue reading Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami ★★★★★