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 : #JapaneseLit ★★★.5

It is a short, quirky and idiosyncratic story with its set of blemishes. The protagonist Keiko won’t leave you easily. Though she may not be very relatable you would want to read about her more to get some insights on how she functions. Keiko is socially oblivious yet she makes multiple attempts to fit into the same ‘social circle’ by imitating others. The circle of … Continue reading Convenience Store Woman : #JapaneseLit ★★★.5