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Book Review: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

1Q84 is a good tale, but not the blockbuster many expected. Read More »

Book Review: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Toru Watanabe reminisces about his days as a college student in 1960s Tokyo. Read More »

Book Review: The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto

When the mystery of a lovers' behavior disappears, the rules change. Read More »

Book Review: Vita Sexualis (Tuttle Classics) by Ogai Mori

Despite its title, Vita Sexualis is more a novel about inhibition and observation than exploration. Read More »

Book Review: The Wild Geese (Tuttle Classics) by Ogai Mori

The Wild Geese is a spare, yet intricate, read. Read More »

Book Review: The Three-Cornered World by Natsume Soseki

Not bad, but disappointing when you know the ways in which it could have been better. Read More »

Book Review: The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata

Kawabata is known for the emotional intricacy and subtlety of his work, and this novel is no different. Read More »

Book Review: A Cat, a Man, and Two Women by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki

"A Cat, a Man, and Two Women" may not be a great novella, but it is certainly one that can be reread and appreciated. Read More »

Book Review: Diary of a Mad Old Man by Junichiro Tanizaki

Arguably funny in spots, it still leaves nothing for the mind to argue afterwards. 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 »