Book review: 『恋する寄生虫』 by Sugaru Miaki

This novel starts like a simple story of two asocial persons who somehow try to overcome their difficulties together, but it takes a surprising direction and is much more complex than it seems at first. The story is nice, but it was not for me.

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Book review: 『アンフィニシュトの書』 by Shinya Asashiro

An engrossing mystery light novel!

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Book review: 『愛がなんだ』by Mitsuyo Kakuta

Introduction Title: 『愛がなんだ』(あいがなんだ)Author: Mitsuyo KAKUTA (角田 光代)Published by 角川文庫218 pages Mitsuyo Kakuta has written an impressive amount of books, including novels, essays, translations and children’s books. She won the Naoki Prize in 2004 for her novel 『対岸の彼女』, translated into English by Wayne P. Lammers under the title Woman on the Other Shore. 『愛がなんだ』was first published…

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Book review: 『いま、会いにゆきます』by Takuji Ichikawa

Introduction Title: 『いま、会いにゆきます』Author: Takuji ICHIKAWA (市川拓司)Published by 小学館文庫429 pages This novel was first published in 2003 and soon became a bestseller. In 2004, the story was adapted into film by Japanese director Nobuhiro Doi (土井裕泰). In 2018, Korean director Lee Jang-hoon (이장훈) made a remake of the film, under the title 지금 만나러 갑니다 (in  Japanese:…

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Book review: 『マチネの終わりに』by Keiichiro Hirano

Introduction Title: 『マチネの終わりに』Author: Keiichiro Hirano 平野啓一郎Published by 文春文庫 This novel is a best-seller in Japan and has been adapted into film in 2019. It tells the love story between Satoshi Makino and Yoko Komine. Satoshi, 38 years old, is a talented guitarist of classical music. After one of his concerts, he meets the reporter Yoko Komine,…

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