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?
With my completion of Nobel Laureate in Literature Orhan Pamuk’s The Red-Haired Woman, my April 2020 Asian Literature Month has partially come to a close. I mean partially because I am dedicating May to Japanese Literature, an extension of Asian Literature. From a Nobel Prize in Literature winner to a future (yes I am calling it) Nobel Prize in Literature winner, my plunge into Japanese literature commences with Haruki Murakami’s A Wild Sheep Chase. I haven’t started it yet but I am already looking forward to a world of surrealism and magic. Do look out for my first impression Friday post for this book.
What have you finished reading?
I have completed two books again in seven days. The first book I’ve finished is Filipina-Australian Merlinda Bobis’ Fish-Hair Woman. This is my second Filipino work for the month (a rarity) but I am not complaining because it has been one of my resolutions to dig deeper into Filipino Literature. Fish-Hair Woman relates the insurgency in the Philippines by merging different elements that are authentically Filipino – drizzles of fantasy, the Filipino values, and the Filipino culture.
From the Philippines, I traveled (not literally of course) to the other end of the Asian continent, to Istanbul, Turkey with Nobel Laureate in Literature Orhan Pamuk’s The Red-Haired Woman. It is just now that I’ve noticed that my last two reads involve hair. Oh well. This is my second Pamuk book, after Snow. I thought I had Pamuk’s writing after reading Snow but this book proved me how wrong I am. Or perhaps it is because this is more recent, or it could be the translation as well. I liked the book and the writing but I am still on the fence because I can’t think of anything that made it stand out.
What will you read next?
After Murakami, I am planning to read authors whose works I haven’t read before. I am starting with (another Nobel Laureate in Literature) Kenzaburo Oe’s The Silent Cry. I have never tried any of Oe’s work but I am quite curious about his body of art, in particular because he is a staunch critic of Haruki Murakami, the current star of Japanese Literature.
Currently, Yoko Tawada lives in Germany although she was born in Japan. Before 2019, she is a name I have never heard of before. But after encountering her name as a Nobel Prize in Literature prospect, my curiosity was piqued. It was just timely as well because Memoirs of a Polar Bear was flooding the local bookstores and online booksellers.
And that’s my WWW Wednesday. I hope everyone is keeping safe in the comforts of their home. This is also the last Wednesday of the month by my next update, it is already May! Oh, how time flies indeed. Let’s keep on hoping and praying for this pandemic to end. Happy midweek everyone!