- Black Swan Green by David Mitchell. Very funny and moving account of a thirteen year old stammerer and covert poet in a Worcestershire village at the height of the Falklands War and Thatcher.
- Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie. Short, sweet, enchanting story about the forbidden literary re-education of two young men sent to Phoenix Mountain during Mao's campaign against intellectuals and radicals.
- The Book Of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa. Dense and overly introspective ramblings from a young man who does nothing but sits in his office or flat in Lisbon dreaming. I would have found this thought-provoking had I still been an existential, self-absorbed teenager.
- In Praise Of Shadows by Jun'ichiro Tanizaki. An exquisite 80 page treatise on a range of topics from architecture to food around the theme of the collision between traditional and modern Japanese aesthetics.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Novels I've finished reading in the last week or so: