First Wednesday of the sixth month of the year! Happy June everyone! Despite everything that has been happening around us, there is still so much more to look forward for. Such as the weekly WWW Wednesday Updates.
WWW Wednesday is a 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 beginning the month with this highly acclaimed work by Kathryn Stockett. I first heard of The Help as a movie (although I haven’t watched it yet) that elevated Viola Davis’ career to greater heights. The book tells the story of African-American house helps in Jackson, Mississippi. I have already encountered the three main characters of the story – Aibileen, Minny and Skeeter. Each is unique and has her own distinct voice. I am no stranger to Deep South fiction but this one is really getting me hooked.
What have you finished reading?
Minae Mizumura’s award-winning work, A True Novel was my concluding read for my May 2020 Japanese Literature month. At more than 800 pages (although some were images), it was uncharacteristically lengthy novel for a Japanese writer. A True Novel is the story of Taro Azuma, a Japanese migrant who moved to suburban New York City when he was just 20-years old. Whilst employed by a Japanese company, he came across the teenage Minae Mizumura. Mizumura then rebuilds Taro’s past. It is a strange mix of history, romance, and, the staple in most Japanese work, the pivot towards Western philosophies.
What will you read next?
From Stockett, I am planning to pursue a path in American Literature. Coincidentally, these two books, and The Help, too, are part of my 2020 Beat the Backlist challenge. It is kind of hitting two birds with one stone. William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, to say the least, was a very challenging read that left me baffled and exasperated. I am hoping that with Absalom, Absalom! I get to appreciate and understand his work better. Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain, like The Help, was adapted into the big screen (yet another movie I have to watch, or not really). It is a book that has captured my imagination but, unfortunately, it was left to gather dust in my bookshelf. It is time to right that injustice.
That’s it for now. Happy reading everyone! Happy midweek!