In the miso soup !

The author Ryu Murakami is another author from Japan and is no way related to Haruki Murakami who has had many well known books written to his name, and have also been adapted to movies.

Ryu Murakami has written quite a few books “Audition” and “Piercing” are two of his other popular books apart from “in the miso soup” written by Ryu Murakami. 

The other two books too like the”In the miso soup” are centred around the dark backdrop of Japan, disillusion, drug use and Murder 

The book  titled “In the Miso soup “ is a apt title  for  two reasons – One because the character compares his life with the miso soup and phara phrase  the quote “I’m in the miso soup myself- Just like those bits of vegetable. I’m floating around in this giant bowl of it, and that’s good enough for me. 

And the other  the book is titled “In the miso soup” because the character’s  purpose to visit Japan was to find out what the people who eat the miso soup on daily basis might be like.Again to Quote from the book. As he once ordered it in an  America  restaurant and was intrigued  about it. He decided  travel to Japan. 

The moment I read the title of the book and turned over to read the blurb mentioned below,I was interested in reading this book. . 

It’s just before New Year, Frank an overweight American tourist, has hired kenji to take him on a guided tour of Tokyo’s nightlife.

But, Franks behaviour is so odd that Kenji begins to entertain a horrible suspicion : His client may in fact have murderous desires. 

Although, Kenji is far from innocent himself, he unwillingly descends with frank into an inferno of evil, from which only his sixteen year old girlfriend, Jun, can possibly save him.

Yeah, It’s a coincidence that this is my second book in a row from a Japanese author. But,The Japanese authors have such interesting storylines ,written in a captivating way that you become so engrossed in the storytelling, you only want more and more of it.

The book is written in three chapters. 

Chapter 1 – Describes and establishes what the story is about – The beginning of how the characters meet. 

Chapter 2 – The relationship between the two and why Kenji becomes suspicious  about his client. 

Chapter 3 – Is the reason behind why  one  should read the book. 

The Book highlights the American and Japanese culture,What makes each different and similarities amongst the two. The ideology between the two nations amongst the locals and the identities each of the nation has created for itself. 

Since the book was written long back ago, You might agree/disagree about some of the points discussed. 

In the miso soup” Is a crisp, well written physiological thriller set in the dark backdrop of Japan,that you will only put  the book down once you read it.

Advertisements

Born a crime -Trevor Noah book review!

Born a crime @trevornoah is an interesting read giving insights on how it is growing up in South Africa. 
This book indulges in the stereotypical South African life and it also describes how interesting place South Africa is. The book is titled “Born a crime”Because in South Africa his mother was a black and his father was white…. 

The immortality act 1927 is the reference to why Trevor Noah was Born a crime. 

1.Any European male who had illicit carnal  intercourse with native female, and any native male who had illicit carnal intercourse with a European female…Shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to imprisonments for a period not exceeding five years …
2.Any native female who permits any European male to have illicit canal intercourse with her. And any European female who permits any native male to have illicit intercourse with her shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to imprisonment for a period not exceeding four years …

The style of the  book written is interesting every chapter has a brief summary on what the chapter is about.
South African are divided into different tribes like Zulu,Xhosa,Tswana,Sotho,Venda,Ndebele,Tsonga and Pedi are just a few of them.  
Just like our Indian caste system has the Kshatriya who were known as the warriors & kings The Zulu tribe in South Africa too are known as the Warriors & like the Bhramin priest and the academics the Xhosa are the thinkers in South African tribe. 
Trivia : 

1.Streets  in Johannesburg are named after cars 
Jaguar streets,Ferrari street etc…
2.Rockery street also known as main strip   in Johannesburg is one of the popular street filled with restaurants & bars.
3.Chinese in South Africa were classified as black and Japanese as white as they wanted Japanese fancy cars & electronic to be imported.


If you want to read something totally different this is the book! Stories from South African childhood.Interestingly this is my second South African author who I have read and realised personal stories are so interesting to read.The 1st South African Book I read was the tales of the metric  system by Imraan Coovadia and the blurb of the book had caught by attention but what lacked in the book was the storytelling. 

Over 10 chapters and 40 years—from 1970 through the end of apartheid, the election of Nelson Mandela, and the 2010 World Cup—multiple narrators provide varying perspectives. Each chapter showcases a short period of time, from a few hours to a day, in a character’s life.The small moments captured by Coovadia are snapshots of South Africa’s cultural change. 

But Trevor Noah doesn’t disappoint you at all. It’s funny,Interestingly told story of his life in South Africa.

Exit West -Book Review !!

“When we migrate,We murder from our lives those we leave behind”

Exit West” -The Story got me interested,While going through a magazine article and immediately noted the book in my Reading list,For the next Year 2018.

Last week of December,I ordered it online and it was waiting on my Desk to be read soon!! No,I wasn’t waiting for 2018 to begin to start reading this one,I was on the verge  of getting through another book “Sapiens” another one I had on my list and ended 2017 by reading the Book .

It’s barely  been 2 days of the New Year!!

And I am Just Done reading ‘Exit West ,by Mohsin Hamid,Who I wasn’t aware was the author who wrote the’ Reluctant Fundamentalist.’Which was Adapted into a movie by Mira Nair.

The Book”Exit West”is  very similar to the story of  Reluctant Fundamentalist and Going through the books written by Hamid,I l realised he is intrigued by the idea  of cross cultural influence and ‘Exit West’  Too is  a story of lovers Saeed & Nadia’s lives evolving through the  the years  of living together and never settling in one place realising Home is where they belong.And in many ways we all are immigrants and refugees in our homeland.

Exit West has also being shortlisted by ManBookerPrize 2017 and has been on of the Best Books Of 2017.

Book Review !!-Personal review .

Hi!!I just thought about trying  my hand in book reviewing and here it begins with this book .Hope you enjoy it .And can honestly post your suggestion in the comments column .
 Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami is a story about Tuskuru Tazaki ,who had four friends at school and their names symbolised colours , The two boys Akamastu meaning’ red pine ‘,Oumi ‘Blue Sea’ while the two girls were shirane ‘white root’ and Kurono ‘black field ‘ ,but only Tazaki whose name had no connection with colour hence the book is titled colorless Tazaki .The story moves ahead ,with one day out of the blue ,Tuskuru Tazaki friends announced they din’t want to see him ever again . And abruptly ending friendship,and since that day the thought has been troubling him Why did they cut of friendship But soon he meets Sara ,Who tells him that the time has come to find out what happened and where are they all Will he be able to solve the mystery ?

The writing is descriptive ,describing the setting very well ,the story moves very fast and you are so hooked ,you don’t feel like keeping the book away and the only time you want to keep it away is once you have known the complete story .The second half of the book moves faster solving the mystery and getting closer to the climax ,You must surely read the book it’s very engaging and worth a shot.The writer is a Japanese writer who is also known for his book

Kafka on the shore .And this one colorless book has been his most recent writing .The book also brings you closer in understanding how common and uncommon are names that contain color in Japan .And not to forget you get another perspective of Japan culture .