murakami reading challenge

February 14, 2011 § 3 Comments

do you like murakami’s books? if you need an encouragement to read murakami and meet people who are interested in his books go to this website and sign up for the murakami reading book challenge. you can also post your reviews for murakami books and read the reviews by all the participants. according to the challenge with two books read, currently i am between hajime and sheep man! the challenge is till the end of 2011.

also there is another challenge for reading japanese literature in this blog that you can participate at the same time.


isle of sark

February 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

isle of sark is a small island in english channel southwest of england. three miles long and a mile and a half wide, it has one of the most picturesque coastlines of the world. the island has a lot of unique characteristics; it is the smallest self-governing island in europe, there are no cars and no street lights in the island which gives it a relief from all the noise, pollution and stresses of modern life, and an odd one too; in 1990 it was attacked by a french nuclear physicist threatening to take over the whole island by himself.

but the reason it ended up here in my blog is that it is the world’s first dark sky island. international dark-sky association ranked this island the first in 2011. you can easily watch the milky way stretching from horizon to horizon which is very rare in other areas of the world due to the light pollution. among other places that were named international dark-sky places are parc national du mont megantic in quebec canada and flagstaff arizona in united states.


stargazers on sark

stargazers on sark credit: martin morgan-taylor, source: dark sky diary on wordpress


a deep dark well in the field

February 7, 2011 § 1 Comment

norwegian woodnorwegian wood by haruki murakami was one of the best and involving novels i’ve ever read. it was narrated like an autobiography of a college student, his love life, his interests, his challenges and the way he reacts to all these. the way murakami describes scenes and incidents is amazing, you can easily be submerged in the course of the story and observe the happenings from your own perspective, then everything makes sense, no protagonist, no antagonist. all the people in the book are well described. they are ordinary people, a few of them are normal, a few insane, crazy cleans, players, smokers, drunkards. a few love scenes, a few mournings….he wrote them so tangible that you can easily see yourself doing the same thing they are doing. ┬áthere are a lot of notions of the social, political and cultural aspects of the japan’s society.

the book is totally recommended, and if it helps it has a lot of erotic scenes.

all of us (by which i mean all of us, both normal and not-so-normal) are imperfect human beings living in an imperfect world. we don’t live with the mechanical precision of a bank account or by measuring all our lines and angles with with rulers and protectors…things will go where they’re supposed to go if you just let them take their natural course. despite your best efforts, people are going to be hurt when it’s time for them to be hurt.

also i found out that they made a movie with the same name based on this book.

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