And just like that, seven days have passed. Since it is midweek, it is time for yet another WWW Wednesday Update! This fun bookish meme was originally hosted by SAM@TAKING ON A WORLD OF WORDS. The mechanics for WWW Wednesday is quite simple. You just have to answer three questions:
- What are you currently reading?
- What have you finished reading?
- What will you read next?
What are you currently reading?
And the Asian Literature month sails further! Merlinda Bobis’ Fish-Hair Woman is my second Filipino work this month and this year. I think this is the first time I’m reading two Filipino works in a month. This book was sold to me by a fellow book reader. Even though I barely had any iota on who the author was but I bought it nonetheless because of his recommendation. I just started reading it today and it is giving me some magical realistic vibe because of the title. I don’t mind though. S
What have you finished reading?
After a measly output last week where I only managed to read one book, I finally made up as I completed reading two books.
The first one, The Satanic Verses, is definitely the most controversial of Salman Rushdie’s literary ensemble. It is also one of the more complex of his books, hence, the time it took me to read it. Well, it is a magical realist after all; it does take me sometime to devour such works. There were a lot of religious references, particularly Islam. I’ll reserve the rest of my thoughts on this novel for my book review. Do look forward to it.
From magical realism to historical, my next read was Chinese author, Anchee Min’s Empress Orchid. The novel relates the ascent of a young girl, Orchid Yehonala, from the quagmires of poverty to the throne of Imperial China. The rest of the world would know Empress Orchid as the Empress Dowager Tzu Hsi. Empress Orchid is rich in details despite being written simply. I liked the story and the simple writing. Oh well, I am naturally biased towards historical novels
What will you read next?
In line with my reading month’s time, my next adventures are (presumably) into Afghan Nadia Hashimi’s A House Without Windows and Turkish Nobel Prize in Literature winner Orhan Pamuk’s The Red-Haired Woman. However, these are not definite because of my abrupt mood swings. I was planning to read Gao Xingjian’s Soul Mountain but it is too long for my taste (one 500-pager is enough for the month). Nobel Prize in Literature winner Kenzaburo Oe was supposed to be part of the line up but I am having a separate month for Japanese authors again.
And that’s my WWW Wednesday. I hope everyone is keeping safe in the comforts of their home. Let’s keep on hoping and praying for this pandemic to end. Happy midweek everyone!