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Diving Pool: Three Novellas
Diving Pool: Three Novellas | Yoko Ogawa
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The first major English translation of one of contemporary Japan's bestselling and most celebrated authors From Akutagawa Award-winning author Yoko Ogawa comes a haunting trio of novellas about love, fertility, obsession, and how even the most innocent gestures may contain a hairline crack of cruel intent.A lonely teenage girl falls in love with her foster brother as she watches him leap from a high diving board into a pool--a peculiar infatuation that sends unexpected ripples through her life.A young woman records the daily moods of her pregnant sister in a diary, taking meticulous note of a pregnancy that may or may not be a hallucination--but whose hallucination is it, hers or her sister's?A woman nostalgically visits her old college dormitory on the outskirts of Tokyo, a boarding house run by a mysterious triple amputee with one leg.Hauntingly spare, beautiful, and twisted, "The Diving Pool "is a disquieting and at times darkly humorous collection of novellas about normal people who suddenly discover their own dark possibilities.
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BarbaraBB
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Panpan

I‘m a sucker for Japanese fiction so I was eager to discover this new to me author. I started with this book, consisting of three novellas. They are weird and horrible things happen, described with a complete lack of emotion. This may be the point of these novellas but to me it made them too flat and empty.

Kalalalatja Lovely photo, though! 1mo
vivastory I haven't read this one, but I thought the following by her was interesting 1mo
Reggie I just got this book. Oh no! Because I enjoyed Revenge. (We‘re twinkies @vivastory Lol) 1mo
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The Diving Pool | Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder
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Pickpick

It's clear that I've found my new favourite author. This is the third book I've read by Yoko Ogawa and I've enjoyed everyone. Ogawa is a beautifully simplistic story teller and these three short stories are dark but certainly worth a read - 4 stars.

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malloryomeara
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Pickpick

A haunting and quick novella collection!

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Katerina
The Diving Pool | Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder
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#maybookflowers Day 8 #bodyofwater or rather bodies of water: the sea, a river, a pool. @RealLifeReading

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gabypolivat
The Diving Pool | Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder
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RealLifeReading
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#aprilbookshowers day 7: #womenintranslation
I may have a bit of an obsession with Yoko Ogawa

Prairiegirl_reading Oooo I just got the housekeeper and the professor!! Must get on that! ❤️ 2y
Moray_Reads I loved the Housekeeper and the Professor 2y
[DELETED] 3216391035 I'm not familiar with this author...what would you suggest I start with? 2y
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RealLifeReading @Basia her best known work is prob The Housekeeper and the Professor. So that may be a good start. The Diving Pool is three novellas so that may also be a place to start for a short read. 2y
Moray_Reads @RealLifeReading I'd like to read more, do you have a favourite? 2y
RealLifeReading @Basia I have to admit I haven't read Hotel Iris yet! But I do love the other three I've read. Hard to pick a favourite! 2y
bookwrm526 I loved The Housekeeper and the Professor but haven't read any of the others. Yet 😍 2y
Dylangrrl Excellent taste! 2y
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StaceyKondla
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Mehso-so

This didn't completely float my boat. Yoko Ogawa can definitely write and conjure pictures in your mind. It was more the content of the stories that didn't work for me. The first novella, I couldn't stand the sociopath main character - she was loathsome. The second novella, the pregnant sister was unbearable. The third novella had the most promise, but then the ending was just a weird.

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StaceyKondla
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I'm stepping outside my comfort zone with this book. It is three very literary novellas. We'll see how I like it.....