A man called OVE by Fredrik Backman

“Death is a strange thing. People live their whole lives as if it does not exist, and yet it’s often one of the great motivations for living. Some of us, in time, become so conscious of it that we live harder, more obstinately, with more fury. Some need its constant presence to even be awareContinue reading “A man called OVE by Fredrik Backman”

Suicide Forest (World’s Scariest Places #1) by Jeremy Bates

SUICIDE forest is real. the Japanese call it Aokigahara Jukai, which means “Sea of Trees.” Each year local authorities remove from it more than one hundred bodies, most found hanging from tree branches and in various states of decay. Abandoned tents, moldy sleeping bags, dirty daypacks, and miles of ribbon litter the forest floor. ItContinue reading “Suicide Forest (World’s Scariest Places #1) by Jeremy Bates”

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami

“Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” sold more than one million copies in its first month of publication in Japan in April 2013. I can totally see why! While going through my growing Murakami book collection, I decided to read this interestingly titled story next. One heart is not connected to another throughContinue reading “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami”

Jade – V. C. Andrews (Wildflowers 03)

“People who are always sticking their noses into other people’s business are too helpful,” she countered. “I don’t agree. I’m not sticking my nose into anyone’s business. I’m giving her the benefit of my experience and my knowledge.” I’ve done something bad. I’ve picked up another book from V.C. Andrews, but it’s not the startContinue reading “Jade – V. C. Andrews (Wildflowers 03)”

How to find happiness in nature (Mental Health Awareness Week 2017)

As we are currently towards the end of the 2017 Mental Health Awareness Week, I will tackle suicide and depression. Last year in Japan, more than 25,000 people took their own lives. That’s 70 every day. The vast majority were men. Those figures do not make Japan’s the highest suicide rate in the world inContinue reading “How to find happiness in nature (Mental Health Awareness Week 2017)”

Keiko’s suicide – A pale view from the hills * Kazuo Ishiguro

At the beginning of the novel, Etsuko explains that she does not want to be reminded of her past. She rejects everything that is attached to Japan and does not even want to give her second daughter a Japanese name (names her Nikki). It is not clear at this point of the story why sheContinue reading “Keiko’s suicide – A pale view from the hills * Kazuo Ishiguro”

A pale view of the hills * Kazuo Ishiguro

I’ve only read The Buried Giant and The Remains of the Day and when I looked on my book wish-list, I saw Kazuo Ishiguro’s dazzling debut novel called “A pale view of the hills” and I closed my eyes and made the purchase. When I saw the tiny book (181 pages which to my accounts isContinue reading “A pale view of the hills * Kazuo Ishiguro”