after the quake: stories by haruki murakami

After the Quake: stories by Haruki Murakami Translated from Japanese by Jay Rubin Edition read: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. Contents: ufo in kushiro; landscape with flatiron; all god’s children can dance; thailand; super-frog saves tokyo; honey pie. I had yet to read anything by the highly esteemed Murakami and Sean was looking for a new(toContinue reading “after the quake: stories by haruki murakami”


Swamplandia! by Karen Russell Alfred A. Knopf, 2011 316 pages, hardcover. Ever since I read an interview with Karen Russell in Tin House magazine, I have been looking forward to Swamplandia! to be available to me at the Library. The Bigtree alligator-wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator-wrestling theme park,Continue reading “swamplandia!”

upon this rock i will build…

I had already been warned that Melina Marchetta’s Finnikin of the Rock would be a departure from her usual fare. Not a contemporary realist drama, though still imbued with magical sensibility, Finnikin is a fantasy novel of the flavor of a medieval realm . What I wasn’t quite ready for was what a departure FinnikinContinue reading “upon this rock i will build…”