Sunday, October 28, 2007

favorite novels about Japan?

Any recommendations?

11 comments:

Josephine Damian said...

Easy. "Silk" by Alessandro Barrico.

This slim and steamy novel is part of my "to-be-kept-and-read-a-second-time collection.

Church Lady said...

Memoirs of a Geisha? I haven't read it yet, but a Japanese woman who owns the best Japanese restaurant in town recommended it to me. Which reminds me, I need to buy it...

I personally loved (I mean truly loved) the Newbery-winning book "Kira Kira." It's a middle-grade, but it's far from childish. I cried. Be prepared with your Kleenex.

writtenwyrdd said...

I haven't read any except Shogun and Eric Von Lustbader books. I'll be looking forward to seeing the list that your more literarily inclined readers come up with.

angelle said...

have you read a bridge between us? it's not really about japan though, more about a few generations of japanese and japanese-american women (yeah yeah yeah), but when i was young i really loved it. it's by julie somebody or other. i forget now.

angelle said...

p.s. im sitting in this bakery near my apt... they have amazing looking pastries but i've been trying to be good and only get like sandwiches and stuff (also delish and very cheap). but i think u'd LOVE it here. um, want to come to jerz? hehehe. :)

Tez Miller said...

Anything by Sujata Massey. Her novels are fabulous.

Have a lovely day! :-)

Ello said...

Some of Sujata massey's books are not so good. Very formulaic and she does that "As you know Bob" explaining thing that drives me absolutely batty.

I loved Silk. I also like Haruki Murakami's the wind-up bird, Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto, Yukio Mishima's books are very interesting Sound of Waves is one of his best. Kazuo Ishiguro's novels set in Japan are all fantastic - ARtist in a floating world Pale view of hills - really great. There are alot more, but it is late and I cant remember anymore.

The Trouble With Roy said...

It's not really about Japan but has Japanese-American culture and was a great book: "Snow Falling On Cedars" By David Guterson.

Dan said...

Second on Haruki Murakami, mentioning also "Wild Sheep Chase" and "Kafka on the Shore".

angelle said...

oh.. kenzaburo oe... i never finished his book but i have it. and kokoro by natsumi soseki.

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