Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories : Part 5

Prize Stock by Oe Kenzaburo. Long, absorbing story about a Japanese village finding a black American airman during the war. It is from the the viewpoint of a child in the village who treats the man as a beloved pet. The adults are worse, having been told by the prefectural government to 'rear' the man (rather like livestock - hence the title). Oe is another Nobel laureate, and I think this story is lodged in my mind for good.

A Very Strange, Enchanted Boy by Tsushima Yuko. A story that tricks the reader into thinking the story is about a child, but by the end it is clear that it is about the boy's mother. Elegant, with a very good ending.

The Elephant Vanishes by Murakami Haruki. This is about an elephant vanishing. It is by Murakami - and therefore just brilliant.

Desert Dolphin by Shimada Masahiko. Evocative and very imaginative story about a fallen angel.

Dreaming of Kimchee by Yoshimoto Banana. The realisation of happiness - an unusual story, and a good one to end this generally excellent collection of stories. I enjoyed each one.


Blogger Marly Youmans said...

Definitely shall have to get that one... Enticing list and glimpses.

Fri Mar 25, 12:56:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

I'd love to hear what you make of them, Marly. I think discussing short stories with other readers helps to get more out of them.

Fri Mar 25, 08:30:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Thanks Soul, yours looks pretty interesting too!

Thu Mar 31, 02:02:00 pm  

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