If you are updated on my blog then you will know that I have taken part in “Japanese June” where I read Japanese Literature for the whole month. I only managed to read 3 books this month and here is a short review of each one.
POPULAR HITS OF THE SHOWA ERA BY RYU MURAKAMI
This book is by Ryu Murakami, one of my favourite authors so I was really looking forward to reading this book. A young man kills a woman in the street and his bunch of friends and the woman’s group of friends find themselves in a street war. This book is about a group of young men and a group of “Oba-sans” (Oba-sans are basically aunties/older women), who basically are seeking for revenge. This is a very unique story line, I mean old ladies and young men are killing each other, why wouldn’t you want to read this? I mean it is pretty violent and gory but it is a good book. I love the themes of friendship throughout this novel the most. Even though this book is just under 200 pages, there were areas that bored me such as when the book went into detail about the Oba-sans lives, I think I just wanted it to be full of action ha! From the title of this book, themes of music/songs (that I have never heard of) run throughout this novel, overall I would definitely recommend.
THE GUEST CAT BY TAKASHI HIRAIDE
I had never read a book by this author before and was excited to do so. The Guest Cat is about a “couple living in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in Tokyo, they no longer have much to say to each one another”. A cat arrives at their home and the book is about how this cat changes their lives. So firstly, this couple were extremely boring to read about, there was too much detail in this book about these characters that I didn’t care about. Secondly, I thought this was a book about a cat? After reading the reviews a lot of them said the same as what I think, there was not enough about the cat!!! The parts about the cat were very cute and interesting however. I really wanted to like this book, but if I wasn’t so motivated to do Japanese June it would have been really hard to finish this book. It is a short read though. I recommended this book if you really like cats and love very descriptive books.
Rate: 1.5/5 I think?
AUDITION BY RYU MURAKAMI
Yes, Ryu Murakami is back, can you tell I love him? I get excited to read his books because I know they are going to be unique and weird. Audition did not disappoint. This book is about a documentary maker called Aoyama who has not dated anyone in a while and his teenage son and his friend thinks he should remarry. He sets up fake film auditions in order to find a new wife. He soon becomes drawn to a young lady who has something strange about her which he ignores until it might be too late. This book kept me on edge, I was also reading fast wanting to know what would happen next. Audition was gripping and dark with themes of violence. I loved this book, I just wished there was more action and surprises. The sex scene was quite laughable. The conversations between Aoyama and his son, I loved. I also loved the character of his best friend too. One thing I cannot stand in a book is when something happens that really DOES NOT NEED TO HAPPEN…so this isn’t really a spoiler but it is worth mentioning….the dog dies. Why does the dog have to die!? I was not impressed. Overall, another amazing book by Ryu Murakami that I recommend (dog part is easy to skip past it wasn’t very nice).
Thanks for reading. If you want to read about more Japanese Lit then go over to my blog post “My Top 5 Japanese Lit Books“.
Have you read any of these books? How many books have you read this month? Do you like the sound of any of these?
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