Japanese Literature Reading Challenge? And me?

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Jap Lit 7 I have always followed Dolce Belezza’s Japanese Literature Reading Challenge project with interest. I liked reading all about the writers and stuff, but never felt motivated enough to join.

Why? I guess because Japanese literature has always seemed too out there for me…a little too esoteric, a little too dry and unemotional. Also, I read Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami and just found myself unable to appreciate that book. I didn’t care about the bizarre love triangle, the missing girl, nada. It was a disappointing book for me and I never read any Japanese authors (except for Ishiguro who I love) since.

Until just recently, I picked up Haruki Murakami’s Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. So far, I am loving this book and re-thinking my stance on Japanese books. See a teaser of this book here.

Also Meredith’s reading challenge doesn’t seem so taxing. A Japanese book a month for 9 months? That’s doable, right? And since, this year, I am almost done with my Indian Fiction reading challenge well ahead of time, it could be time to try out Japanese. What say you?

Are you doing this challenge? Do you have any Japanese reading recommendations for me?

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