It’s the second day of the week! It also marks the first day of the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in the the northern part of the Philippines due to the outbreak of COVID-19. I am effectively working from how as well. I am praying that it will all work out well in the end. How about you fellow readers? How is the situation in your localities? I hope you’re all doing fine.
That is all for my life update. Now let’s go back to the real subject of this post. Top 5 Tuesdays and their topics are brought to you by Shanah @ the Bionic Bookworm. Do check out her blog, she’s got an awesome one. For the list of topics in March, click on this page.
This week’s topic: Top 5 Authors from K to O
I’m already done with A to J so, here’s my Top 5 authors from K to O. Oh, KO, as in knockout? That’s enough for my silly antics. Without further ado, here’s my list. I hope you all enjoy!
I had a challenging time picking an author for this letter because I’ve had some really awesome experience with authors whose last names start with letter “K” such as Jonathan Kellerman, Dean Koontz, and Barbara Kingsolver. But of all these authors, it is Yasunari Kawabata and Milan Kundera who has given me some of my best literary journeys.
Orphaned at a young age, Japanese writer Yasunari Kawabata grew up to be one of the household names in Japanese literature. His slice-of-life narrative fuses Western and traditional elements. His prose vividly captures minute details of Japanese culture. He has given me some of the most insightful works on Japanese culture such as Thousand Cranes, The House of Sleeping Beauties, and Snow Country. And yes, he was awarded the 1968 Nobel Prize in Literature.
I’ve first encountered Milan Kundera and his works after endlessly browsing must-read books. Although his name sounded foreign to me, I decided to take the plunge into his body of work, starting with The Unbearable Lightness of Being. To be honest, it is one of the books that made me realize that such works exist. The only other Kundera work I’ve read is Immortality. Both works gave me different insights into literature as a whole.
L is for Clive Staples Lewis (Image from Wikipedia)
Who has never heard of the magical series The Chronicles of Narnia? And I am not just talking about the movie but also about the book. Both were finely created I must say as they’ve transformed the ordinary world into a one that is magical and fascinating. But C.S. Lewis is not just know as a writer, he is also renowned for being a lay theologian and some of his works are laced with rich religious undertones.
M is for Haruki Murakami
Was there even any doubt that I’d be picking this Japanese master storyteller for letter “M”? Haha. He has one of the most complex but most riveting prose these is today. Admittedly, our reader-writer relationship didn’t start as well as I would’ve wanted to. 1Q84 (I know it was wrong to start my Murakami experience with this encyclopedic book) was my baptism of fire to both the world of Haruki Murakami and of magical realism. It was a memorable experience. Challenging but memorable and I was glad I never gave up reading his works as they’ve provided me some of the most out-of-this-world experience.
N is for Patrick Ness
I know some of you (especially those who’ve been keeping in tune with my book blog) are rolling their eyes because I have always sworn my distaste for young adult fiction. Despite this, I never kept myself from reading YA books and there were some writers that proved me wrong. Patrick Ness was one of them. His dystopian trilogy, Chaos Walking, is one of the best dystopian trilogies I’ve read (alongside Hunger Games). A Monster Calls is also an outstanding book.
O is for Michael Ondaatje (Photo by British Council)
Unlike some of the letter, letter “O” proved to be a challenge as I have very limited experience with the authors whose last names start with letter “O”. I picked up Michael Ondaatje from the list because he I’ve read at least two of his works – Man Booker Prize winner The English Patient and Warlight. From what little I’ve read, I can most certainly say he has a fascination with the Second World War that he tries to encapsulate into his works. He does adopt a tone of sadness which sometimes impair my appreciation of his writing. Maybe I have to read more of his works to truly understand it.