Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Japanese Literature Challenge

I haven't read as much JLit as I'd hoped to this year so the Japanese Literature Challenge hosted by the lovely Bellezza, is just the thing to encourage me to read a few more. It starts this Friday (Nov. 30th) and runs for 2 months (until Jan. 30th) and the goal is to read 3 books. I'm pretty much flunking out of my year-long challenges that end next month but this seems do-able.

Here are 3 books that I think I'll read for the challenge:

Tales of Moonlight and Rain - Akinari Ueda -- I had planned to read it for the R.I.P. Challenge but other books got in the way. Plus Bellezza loved it!

Snow Country - Yasunari Kawabata -- I'm cheating slightly since I was already planning to read this for the Book Awards Challenge.

The Elephant Vanishes - Haruki Murakami -- It's been a while since I've read anything by Murakami and I keep buying his books so I really should get around to reading them. I think this one has been waiting on the shelf the longest.

Course, I also might like to read something else by Junichiro Tanizaki, which would fit in nicely with the 2nds Challenge, since I loved The Makioka Sisters by him at the beginning of this year.
Or there's The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima or The Ocean in the Closet by Yuko Taniguchi, both of which Bookfool really liked.
Or Twenty-four Eyes by Sakae Tsuboi, about a rural primary school teacher, which I think Bellezza might enjoy.
Or Shipwrecks by Akira Yoshimura, a slim book that's been staring at me for a while now.
Or... Or... there are so many really. It's too hard to choose.

In addition to the JLit books already in my TBR stacks, Bellezza has gone and posted a list of recommendations which has made my wishlist suddenly that much longer. (Click on the link to see her list)

So we'll see which ones I actually do read in the next 2 months but I'm looking forward it. Thanks for organizing the challenge Bellezza!


  1. Oh I want to sign up to! Will have to choose my three books!

  2. Thanks for the announcement, Tanabata! I'm so excited that you're joining in. It will be great to discuss Japanese lit with as many as wish to participate. You have great choices on your list, so I think I may have to continue "borrowing" from your choice selection. May I add that I LOVED Wonderful Fool? That book had a truly powerful impact on me. So, looking forward to lots of fun together, and thanks for the mention on your beautiful blog!

  3. Kawabata is a good writer.
    But the japanese writer I know better is Mishima.

  4. I love Murakami, and 'The Elephant Vanishes' is one of those books of his that I can't find around here (and I hate buying books off the internets, but I might resort to that for this). I hope you like it.

  5. Lulu- Yay! Glad you'll be joining in. And I haven't forgotten our book swap.

    Bellezza- No problem. I added Wonderful Fool to my wishlist after your review of it. Hopefully we'll get lots of good suggestions from each other and anyone else who participates.

    Quintarantino- I haven't read anything by Mishima yet but really should soon. What's your favourite book by Mishima?

    Kookie- Really? I bought this one when we lived in England and it seemed easy to get, there at least. And you don't like shopping on the internet for books? Really? I love the internet for book shopping! Course here I'd be stuck with much less selection if I didn't.

  6. What a good challenge. I wish I could join but I think I'll try to finish some of the ones I've got going on.
    Oh and I say you should try Shipwrecks. It is fantastic.

  7. Iliana- I hadn't realized, or forgot, that you'd read Shipwrecks. You're making me want to move it up the pile. Thanks. :)


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