2015/12/27

BOOK REVIEW:
STRANGE WEATHER IN TOKYO BY HIROMI KAWAKAMI

Title: Strange Weather in Tokyo
Author: Hiromi Kawakami, Allison Markin Powell (translator)
Published: 2001
Language: English (Original: Japanese)
Pages: 192
Rating: 5/5


Summary:
Tsukiko is in her late thirties, unmarried and living alone. One day, she meets her former teacher in a bar, and a hesitant intimacy develops.


Review:
Before starting this book, I was in a heading for a bit of a reading slump, but this wonderful little book pulled me right out of it.

This is quite unlike anything I've read in a good while, but I loved it. It's strange and melancholy and sad, but wonderful. It deals with issues of loneliness and love in a realistic and lyrical way, without ever being over the top. It's simple, but strong.

I love the setting of Japan and the cultural aspect of this book. Also, on a side note, this book made me so hungry. It's as much about food as friendship and love, and it sort of binds everything together.

This is the perfect example of a love story I can fall in love with, and I would highly recommend it. I do think it's a bit of a weird one and maybe not for everyone, but I'd give it a go if it sounds interesting.

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2 comments

  1. Ooh that sounds intriguing! I find that Japanese books always have that melancholic feel to it... maybe it's just the language? Haruki Murakami's books are all also like that.
    I'm definitely adding this to my TBR list :)

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    1. Though I haven't read that many Japanese books, the ones I have definitely have some melancholy to them, so I think you might be right :)

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