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
Blogging is an intriguing art. I do think it is an art, and of course one can practise it badly... Two dear friends, who do it magically, are Old Big Jim and Marny Copal, who have both been nominated for the Liebster Award, by Seumas Gallacher and John Dolan, respectively. Independently and at a few hours interval, … Continue reading Am liebsten
Well, my dear friend Marina Sofia, who somehow finds time to write, has honoured this sinner of the very special Booker Award, and that seems to be particularly aimed at book lovers, and perhaps poets: indeed I am a book worm, if not totally immersed in fictional worlds... I have to say that among my … Continue reading For those who refuse to live in the real world: #Booker Award!
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
From grey the water has turned golden yellow, coloured by the sands of the Gobi desert. The Arrakis progresses north-south first, set on a course of some four hundred nautical miles, to avoid the territorial waters of both Koreas. Francesca has radioed our course to both Korean Navies, and of course to the Japanese Naval … Continue reading Yellow Sea