REVIEW: Untold Night and Day by Bae Suah

In brief: As of tonight, Ayami is out of a job. The theatre where she works has closed and she and her former boss wander Seoul at night. The next day, she must act as a tour guide to a visiting author for her German teacher. It's hot and reality is melting into the footpath…... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Spark by Naoki Matayoshi

In brief: Tokunaga is trying to make as a comedian. When he meets Kamiya, he asks Kamiya to mentor him. Over the years, Tokunaga learns from Kamiya but it's not always the lesson intended. The good: In-depth, shocking and sweet. The not-so-good: A fairly short read. Why I chose it: I love Japanese fiction. Year:... Continue Reading →

Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag

In brief: The unnamed narrator takes us through the changes in his life from growing up poor in India to striking it rich in the family spice business. The good: It's compulsive reading, you never know which way the story will turn next. The not-so-good: A quick read. Why I chose it: Sounded different, thanks... Continue Reading →

The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami

In brief: The lives of Hitomi and others working are the Nakano thrift shop are never dull. While working there, Hitomi learns a lot about relationships, second-hand goods and being a friend. The good: I love Japanese books and this book is interesting, strange and addictive in equal amounts. The not-so-good: Some things are hinted... Continue Reading →

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