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?
I am currently reading my fourth Japanese work for the month and my first from this Nobel Prize in Literature winning author. I’ve known Kenzaburo Oe as Haruki Murakami’s staunch critic but not once did I immerse in any of his works. I deem it is the right time to change that. The Silent Cry was written in the traditional Japanese way but with bits and pieces of Oe’s ingenuity. It is the nuanced story of two brothers who are returning to the village where they were born and where they grew up. It is interesting how the story develops.
What have you finished reading?
I managed to complete just one book last week but this week, I managed to complete two books.
Yoko Tawada’s Memoirs of a Polar Bear is, to say the least, a very interesting read. As the title suggests, it is the memoir of three polar bears – the anonymous grandmother, her daughter Tosca and Tosca’s Son, Knut. The story and the writing style took me in. It is a very interesting exploration of climate change, and animal cruelty. But perhaps more importantly, it deals with humanity through the point of view of three polar bears.
Shusako Endo’s Silence is a book I’ve been yearning to read for sometime, after encountering it several times in must-read lists. Just like Memoirs of a Polar Bear, it is not your typical Japanese fiction. It relates the journey of Sebastian Rodrigues in 1600s Japan. He had two goals – to rejuvenate the wearied Catholic minority and to locate his fallen comrade and mentor. How the story developed and concluded was rather interesting. It is actually a very quick paced read that I am inclined to think that I wasn’t able to understand the novel’s salient points. Or maybe I did.
What will you read next?
I will continue my Japanese Literary journey with Keigo Higashino’s Journey Under the Midnight Sun although I am a little ambivalent about this for the book is rather thick. But from my prior experience with his work, he does employ a quick pace so maybe I’ll take on this one next. Another book I am raring to read is Yoko Ogawa’s The Housekeeper and the Professor. It was recommended by a book blogger friend so this book is in line. If only I also have Banana Yoshimoto’s Ketchup.
I hope everyone is enjoying the books they are reading while confined in the safety and comforts of their home. We will all get through this together. Keep safe and enjoy reading!