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Brisbane Book Club, March 2013 Meetup

Our theme for March is: Japanese Authors

This topic in January 2012 created much interest but not a lot of people could attend [actually it was 2011 - remember the flood!! DG]. Since there is a wealth of material here and there are many new members since that time we are running it again. Japan, more than most Asian nations, has had much of its literature translated and published in English, thanks to a huge American influence and interest since WWII. The following authors may give you a starting point:

  • Kobo Abe                   Woman in the Dunes
  • Sawako Ariyoshi      The Twilight Years;  The River Ki
  • Osamu Dazai             The Setting Sun
  • Yukio Mishima         The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea;  The Sound of Waves
  • Haruki Murakami    Norwegian Wood;  The Wind-up Bird Chronicle;  A Wild Sheep Chase
  • Kenzaburo Oe           A Personal Matter;  Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids
  • Genichiro Takahashi          Sayonara Gangsters
  • Michio Takeyama    The Harp of Burma
  • Junichiro Tanizaki   The Makioka Sisters
  • Banana Yoshimoto   Hard Boiled & Hard Luck;  The Lake

As a note for any new members attending their first meetup - we meet on the Treasury Casino side of the Library. The group usually waits on the chairs near the doors, not out in the main area. Look for the crowd. If you run late, the doors into the library are locked. Try to attract the attention of the security guard on duty and he can let you in.

If you get lost on the night, call Erica on[masked] and I will try to help you out.

As indicated on the Ideas Page we would appreciate a "Gold Coin" donation to offset the Meetup Fees.

 

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  • Hannah R.

    I was wondering if we should include Kazuo Ishiguro and his books (e.g. Never Let Me Go) as well, because he is a Japanese writer (but British born).

    February 6, 2013

    • Therese

      Sorry folks, Anna Karanina is finishing up in the next couple of days at our preferred cinemas.

      March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Hannah - I would think the usual rules would apply - i.e. there are no rules. :-) I'm not sure he writes in the same style as Japanese born writers and he is writing in English rather than translated into English but I'm sure nobody would object to a bit of Ishiguro :-)

    February 6, 2013

    • Therese

      Sorry folks, Anna Karanina is finishing up in the next couple of days at our preferred cinemas.

      March 4, 2013

  • David G

    I agree - there are no rules other than 'link it to the theme if you can'. I left Ishiguro off the suggestion list because he went to England when he was 5 and is essentially a British writer (see his comment about England/Japan on the Wikipedia page). I guess one of the things we like to hear from readers when we have a regional theme is the extent to which 'regional' characteristics come through in the work. In this case, is there anything particularly 'Japanese' about the book you choose. If you read an Ishiguro book you could ask the same question. I'd look forward to your assessment.

    February 6, 2013

    • Therese

      Sorry folks, Anna Karanina is finishing up in the next couple of days at our preferred cinemas.

      March 4, 2013

  • Carmel S.

    Good friendly group, interesting selection of books

    March 4, 2013

    • Therese

      Sorry folks, Anna Karanina is finishing up in the next couple of days at our preferred cinemas.

      March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry about cancellingso late in the day but this weather is giving me a sinus headache. For this month I read 'Sayonara Gangsters' by Genichiro Takahashi. Billed as the "summit of postmodern writing in Japanese or any other language", this is one of those novels you will either love or struggle to get your mind around (which was my experience). I honestly could not give it a rating. However, it's been great trying something that I normally wouldn't read.

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the late cancellation but I've been unwell all day.

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the late notice but I'm not going to be able to make it tonight as I won't be able to get away from work in time :(

    March 4, 2013

  • Rebecca H.

    Sorry, just realised that I had booked physio on the same night.

    March 4, 2013

    • Erica

      No worries, Bec--good luck with getting those limbs of yours back to full strength!

      March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry will have to again cancel due to outside commitments. Hoping to make it to the next one. I am disappointed at having to miss this one though.

    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it!

    February 4, 2013

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