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?
My trip into Japanese literature next brought me to Yoko Tawada’s Memoirs of a Polar Bear. It was a book that I kept encountering last year in online booksellers but was never really curious about until I came across Tawada’s name again. The article cited her as one of the front runners for the Nobel Prize in Literature award. She didn’t win but the hype made its way to me, hence, my eventual purchase of this book. As the title suggest, it is about a polar bear writing her memoir. It all moves forward from there. What do I think of the book? It is interesting.
What have you finished reading?
Japanese master storyteller Haruki Murakami’s A Wild Sheep Chase is my first by the author since Killing Commendatore in late 2018. Uncharacteristically for an early Murakami novel, the novel’s pace was a little quicker and upbeat. It is the story of (yet again) an anonymous narrator who was coaxed into “chasing” a sheep. But it is no ordinary sheep – it has a star sign on its back which made it unique. Catching it, however, was virtually impossible. I am still a little on the fence with the book because of the conclusion. I felt it was a little hurried.
What will you read next?
After Murakami, I planned to read authors whose works I haven’t read before, thus, Memoirs of a Polar Bear. After I finish reading it, I pan to read (another Nobel Laureate in Literature) Kenzaburo Oe’s The Silent Cry. I have never tried any of Oe’s work before. 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.
Shusako Endo is another Japanese author who has made me curious of his works. Silence is a title I’ve come across several must-read lists. It took me some time to gain a copy of the book but when I finally did, I am quite elated. With another Japanese Literature month ahead, this is a title I certainly wouldn’t exclude from my reading pile.
Happy midweek everyone! I hope you’re all safe in the confines of your homes! Happy reading!