When The Emperor Was Divine

I’m happy to announce I have a second contribution to the #JapaneseLitChallenge13 What a pleasant surprise, this short book, written in 2002. At 144 pages, it had literary quality while feeling fresh, Japanese at the core, and timeless. Over the years, in literature, I’ve read books about this time in the States, where the Japanese…

The Unconsoled, Formal Review

It feels not quite right to add The Unconsoled to the Japanese Lit Challenge #13. Ishiguro has talked himself about his Japaneseness, 🙂 It may be that we see it in him because he was born in Japan to Japanese parents, and lived there until the age of 6 when the family moved to Britain.…

Marco Aurelius, Meditations

I remember reading this book when I was young, and finding it of profit. It’s zero intimidating. Doesn’t it startle you a bit, to commune in thought and gain wisdom from a Roman Emperor who was born on April 26th, year 121, and died on March 17th, 180? His stoic philosophy came across clearer this…

The Iliad, post 2

I’m wholly under the spell of the Iliad. As Cleo wrote her second post on Books III and IV, my comment was becoming so long, that I decided to bring it here, to the blog. She ends it with this question, which I’ll address shortly: What’s with Agamemnon disparaging further leaders who are on his…

Readers will… ahem, buy books?

My favorite used and new book store, has recently relocated. I had not visited the new location until yesterday. It’s always strange when a place that’s been home to books, that you’ve visited for many years, changes. The new space is not as warm and curated as the old one. At the entrance, they had…

2019 Reads and my Life Around Them

*Scroll down to the bottom of post for full list. Thanks* My time has come! It’s one of my favorite posts to write. I do love reading your recaps as well. Don’t be shy, and share your links to your yearly recaps in the comments if you wish. I count these posts as Christmas/Birthday presents.…

Japanese Literature Challenge 13

JAPANESE LITERATURE CHALLENGE 13 #JapaneseLitChallenge13   #JLC13   #JapaneseLiterature Click here or on the logo to read more about it. And this year, I met DolceBellezza, who is hosting this challenge. She’s an extraordinary person with whom I share my love for books, my faith, my passion for teaching, we both enjoy perfumes, and we shared our admiration…

December

It’s the day after the Thanksgiving holiday. I’m subbing, and typing this at a break. How can it be December? In another sense, I’m glad it’s December. The Thanksgiving holiday week was amazing. I hope it’s a foretelling of more good times to come. Thursday we had our neighbors over for a long Thanksgiving lunch.…

N or M?, by Agatha Christie

I guess we’re all emotional readers, or to say it better, reading has an emotional component that’s more present in some of the books we read, and at some seasons in life. I talked about my experience of reading Moby Dick, which will forever be associated with my substituting, raising teens, and the passing of…