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lovelybookshelf
Norwegian Wood | Haruki Murakami
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I've read Murakami's NORWEGIAN WOOD multiple times, but this is my first time reading Jay Rubin's translation. 🥰

There's a new Murakami Book Club on Discord for anyone interested: https://discord.gg/r4TMAAq

#Murakami #NorwegianWood #harukimurakami #bookclub #the60s #comingofage #booksintranslation #fiction #japaneseliterature

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Lexica10
After The Banquet | Yukio Mishima
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... in the end she would trick eternity itself. This would be the bouquet of roses Kazu would toss to the world ...

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sam.a.nam
No Longer Human | Osamu Dazai
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Pickpick

No Longer Human is a complex narrative built on the subtitles of human interaction. Dazai deconstructions the notions of society, love and crime to explore the variation of truth in a rapidly changing world.

This book made me absolutely disgusted with the main character, as Dazai horrifically captures his inevitable downfall; yet by the end, repulsion is fleeting and I‘m left to wonder how much I can ever truly know about another human being.

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sam.a.nam
No Longer Human | Osamu Dazai

Now I have neither happiness nor unhappiness.

Everything passes.

That is the one and only thing that I have thought resembled a truth in the society of human beings where I have dwelled up to now as in a burning hell.

Everything passes.

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sam.a.nam
No Longer Human | Osamu Dazai

The incomprehensibility of society is it incomprehensibility of the individual. The ocean is not society; it is individuals.

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Hidie
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Time for some weird fiction...

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GatheringBooks
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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Billypar
N.P. | Banana Yoshimoto
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#bookhaul 2/2
A two-bookstore day is a rare treat and it led to these choices. Homes is the only author I've read before (May We Be Forgiven was one favorite from 2018). I've wanted to try Yoshimoto for awhile and can't resist a plot like N.P.' s. Bradbury is another long on my list, and I made sci-fi short stories a 2020 reading goal. Never heard of Ashour until a Book Riot list of top works by Egyptian authors, and the first page sold me.

Reggie I really liked N.P. Very strange. Hope you enjoy it! 1w
Billypar @Reggie I'm curious about where she'll go with the basic set up. I want to read Kitchen too because of all the attention and positive reactions it got, but I couldn't pass NP up after reading the jacket. 1w
Suet624 I swear I read Homes other book but I can‘t remember. Grrr... Old age strikes. 1w
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Billypar @Suet624 Was it a story collection? I feel like she's most known for The Safety of Objects. 1w
Suet624 I‘m thinking of May We Be Forgiven. But I‘m sure now that I haven‘t read it. I think it‘s sitting in a box in one of my closets waiting to be read. This year! I swear! I‘m diving into those boxes. 😳😀🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 1w
Billypar @Suet624 That's the one I read! You are in for a treat when you pick it up. 7d
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lele1432
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This was a #LMPBC pick for #Round7 #GroupI Int‘l Translation. Translated from Japanese, this was a (near future?) dystopia that left me thinking a lot about memory, what it means to truly “disappear,” and the hopelessness of losing one‘s voice. Everyday objects disappear & The Memory Police are hunting anyone who remembers. I like “weird” books so this one worked for me! I enjoyed the writing & the growing sense of dread the author created. 4⭐️s!

lele1432 And for the list of challenge prompts this ticks off! @Booked2020 #CoverCrush @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen 2w
lele1432 #PopSugarReadingChallenge #PopSugar2020 #Pop20 for Won an award in 2019 (National Book Award Finalist for Translated Lit) 2w
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Cinfhen I‘m so curious about this book!!! How weird was it?? Too weird or just slightly weird?? 😆 2w
lele1432 @Cinfhen lol! I‘d say pretty weird. It starts off mild enough, but by the end, it‘s not really based in any sort of reality. And you won‘t get any explanations for why/how things came to be, so don‘t expect that either lol. I was left wondering if it was one big allegory or..? 🤷🏽‍♀️ BUT it‘s a quick read and also had some thought-provoking depictions of scarcity! 2w
Cinfhen Nope!!! Not for me!! Thanks 🙏🏼 😘but glad you enjoyed it 2w
lele1432 @Cinfhen always glad to help! 😆 2w
aeeklund Nice timing!! The next book should get to you tomorrow! 2w
lele1432 @aeeklund I just saw that I had a package coming lol! Yay! 😊 2w
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meowmeowd
Memory Police | Yoko Ogawa
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Terrible, slow, stupid story that takes a gruesome turn. When body parts start disappearing off people who are too dim to complain or fight back, you have to really fight hard to finish this stupid book so you can write a scathing review.