It goes for colours, type-faces, places, objects, smiles, books… The human spirit is attracted, inspired, by “things”, in a fashion that appears random to the observer (“tastes and colours…” goes the French saying). But it isn’t. There are reasons for everything, and randomness is often a metaphor for “we can’t explain this”. Julian is attracted … Continue reading #WritersWednesday: His Hero is Marcel
Aomame lifted her sight to the skies above: the crescent Moon started appearing behind the clouds, a silver ghost emerging from another world. Tengo thought his lover had turned into a hopeless romantic, but he also felt the pull. Soon the second Moon would appear, to confirm they had crossed the frontier between reality and … Continue reading #FiveSentenceFiction: Moon
When I was a very young man, a boy still really, I imagined Japan as a beautiful and mysterious - hence unattainable - woman. For at that age, one looks at countries one has not visited, let alone lived in, as one does those unfathomable creatures of the opposite gender, with a sense of wonder. … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: April 11, 2013 ~ Japan
1 Close connection, structural resemblance 2 relationship, similarity of character suggesting relationship 3 strong liking or attraction (Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary of Current English) What attracts us to another human being? What determines our liking for a place, a beach, a tree, a mountain, a book, a song, a painting? And what makes us capable, … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: April 1 ~ Affinity
If you were to judge your favorite book by its cover, would you still read it? 1Q84, Haruki Murakami's masterpiece, is a long poem to love and the irrepressible human spirit: this cover is a joy to look at - the butterflies in the greenhouse, and the two moons. The two moons signal that this … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Judgment Day
And then you have to look for the stairway, back to where you belong...
1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s latest book, and a universal best seller. I don’t intend to reveal anything of the plot, since some followers of these posts may not have read the book! 1Q84 is several books in one, a love story in the tradition of Haruki’s previous novels, especially Norwegian Wood (the love story that … Continue reading #WritersWednesday: November 7 – 1Q84