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 ★★★★★

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