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 already on my 7th book for the month! Whoa! I didn’t expect that. From magical surrealism to social commentary to historical fiction, I am now immersing in suspense fiction with my second Keigo Higashino, Journey Under the Midnight Sun. The book is rather thick and the structure is rather unexpected. I was actually taken aback as the story as taking quite some time to develop. Right now, the details are a little blasted; hopefully it will soon start making some sense.
What have you finished reading?
For the first time in a long time, I completed three books in the span of one week! Whew.
The first book I’ve completed is Kenzaburo Oe’s The Silent Cry, the book I was currently reading in my last WWW Wednesday post. It is my first venture into his works. Interestingly, it had shades of Western literature flavor. It relates the story of two brothers who have varying personalities as they go back to their hometown. Memories, history, and family feuds soon start to surface in a swirl of unusual events and circumstances.
Yoko Ogawa’s The Housekeeper and the Professor comes in highly recommended. It is a slice-of-life work that vividly treads the beauty of memory, of getting to know each other, and yes, even Mathematics. Ogawa’s fine tale is a delightful find, an upbeat narrative that stirs you ever more forward. The only gripe I had is that it was too short. Despite the sparsity, it left a visceral impact. There were a lot of talk about baseball and Mathematics which enriched the narrative. Mathematics, despite its perplexities, is a profound subject.
The last book on my three-book rampage is Yukio Mishima’s After the Banquet. Despite sharing some similarities with the first two books I’ve read, it tackles a subject that is glaringly different. Masked as a romance story, it extensively deals about politics and how it affects the lives of an old couple. It is a masterful exploration of human nature – especially that of the main character, Kazu – in the dirtiest arena in the world.
What will you read next?
I actually haven’t made up my mind yet on what I will read next. I only have two Japanese works in my bookshelf; the other one is another Oe. Minae Mizumura’s A True Novel is one of over 20 titles I’ve bought during the 2018 edition of the Big Bad Wolf Sale. So what’s keeping me from reading the book? Well, it’s rather thick. I’ll still consider though.
So there goes my WWW Wednesday update. I hope everyone is doing well and having high time reading books in these uncertain times. May the rest of the week be great! Happy reading everyone!