Tag Archives: Japan

Breaking Tradition

Code Girls: The untold story of the American women code breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy is an exceptional book about the lives and achievements of women and men who played significant roles in secret government offices during … Continue reading

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From My Purr-spective

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa is a recently published novel which has been translated from Japanese. The novel is written in the first-person. What makes it unique is that a cat named Nana is the narrator. Satoru is … Continue reading

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Adam’s Rib

Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami is an intriguing short story collection. Translated from the original Japanese, the stories are deep and emotional. As a female reader, I am often clueless perhaps of male thought processes. These stories were enlightening. … Continue reading

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Unwelcome

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee is a fictional family saga about Koreans living in Japan during and after World War Two. It is almost 500 pages in length and took me weeks to read. The tale involves a young Korean … Continue reading

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Puffin

When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro is a detective novel published in 2000. This is the third Ishiguro novel I have read and as in his other works, I enjoyed it. Told in the first-person by a man named … Continue reading

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Cherry Blossoms

Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King exceeded my expectations. This is my first foray into King’s series of continuing Sherlock Holmes tales and I enjoyed this one immensely. In this novel we find Holmes married to Mary Russell, a sharp-witted … Continue reading

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Whither Thou Goest

Bridge to the Sun by Gwen Terasaki is a memoir written by the American wife of a Japanese diplomat during World War II. When the Tennessee born author met and married her Japanese husband in Washington D.C. in 1931, little … Continue reading

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