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Book Review: Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse

Steppenwolf, Demian and Siddhartha are still stronger works overall, but Narcissus and Goldmund is not too far behind. Read More »

Book Review: Portraits of a Marriage by Sandor Marai

Sandor Marai reminds me of the closest literary equivalent to Ingmar Bergman, and that can only be a good thing. Read More »

Book Review: The Master of Go by Yasunari Kawabata

A little more psychology and less strategy would have made The Master of Go something a bit more memorable and for that matter…quotable. Read More »

Book Review: The Promise: A Novel of China and Burma by Pearl S. Buck

Not since Willa Cather can I recall such a strong novelist not bound by her sex or ethnicity. Read More »

Book Review: Japan At War: An Oral History by Haruko Taya Cook and Theodore F. Cook

Japan At War presents each interviewee as individuals, not mere talking heads pontificating about nationalism or Communism or whichever ism serves them. Read More »

Book Review: Harp of Burma (Tuttle Classics) by Michio Takeyama

Harp of Burma offers a new slant to the war at large, in that it is not about the actual dead, but those who press on through life and in afterlife. Read More »

Book Review: Echoes of Chongqing: Women in Wartime China by Danke Li

These oral histories are not just worth examining for the historical context, but also as a study of memory itself. Read More »

Book Review: Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse

There’s no doubt that this novel does an excellent job capturing this event, and does so with very readable prose. Read More »

Book Review: I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like by Justin Isis

These stories do contain wonderful moments of lyricism. Read More »

Book Review: The Silent Cry by Kenzaburo Oe

The Silent Cry reads like a novel with potential, but not one of Oe’s best. Read More »