Book Review | Wrong about Japan : a father’s journey with his son by Peter Carey

wrong about japan peter carey.jpgCarey and his son travel to Japan and meet with various anime and manga experts, artists/writers and publishers. This delightful little book is a quick read, which highlights the essences of Carey’s “interviews” and thoughts. From meeting Mr. Miyazaki and Mr. Tomino, men behind some of Japan’s most popular anime, to a traditional sword maker and a teenage Mr. Donut, Carey has created a book of interest to pop culture fans and the general Japanophile.

I picked up this book to get in the groove for an upcoming trip to Japan. I laughed aloud as I read about dining experiences and appreciated cultural references that may be helpful during my travel. Having seen most of the referenced animes certainly provided me with a background for better understanding and relating to the text, but one does not have to be an anime nerd to get something from this book. This nonfiction is fun and easy to digest. Check it out from a library near you!

*If you’ve enjoyed reading Wrong About Japan, you may be interested in The Ramen King and I: How the Inventor of Instant Noodles Fixed My Love Life by Andy Raskin (2009)

Book Review | The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasm

story-of-a-brief-marriage-by-anuk-arudpragasmThe Sri Lankan Civil War occurred from 1983-2009 and claimed more than 100,000 victims. Arudpragasm’s first novel, The Story of a Brief Marriage, takes place during the war and provides an acute and brief view into one young man’s evacuation and displaced life in a camp. While the protagonist’s marriage does take place during the story, I didn’t feel it was the book’s focus as the title suggests.

For a first novel, this book is definitely a success. The language used is very descriptive, but still easy enough to read without too much concentration. The story is clear and flows well enough, but it was not engrossing. Because of the book’s specific subject matter and focus, it serves well as a window into a situation most people will never experience. This book isn’t the fun read to cheer you up type, but it is deep and thought provoking without being overbearing. Check it out from a library near you.

I received an advance reading copy of this book as a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the author/publisher for participating in the giveaway.

Pictorials | Lucknow, India – market month photo 31

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Amrood Walla / Guava Man at Aminabad bazaar. 2015. Lucknow, India.

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Noodles in Aminabad bazaar. 2015. Lucknow, India.

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रात की बाजार में गुब्बारे वाली लड़की / Raat ke bazaar mein gubbare wali ladki / Balloon girl at night market2015. Vadodara, India.

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Women at Vegetable Cart. 2015. Agra, India.