Rican nation to eradicate all Japaneseness from his being Hoshino focuses on the pre doomed nature of such uests for modern transformation including sex changes and body modificaitons linked to the flawed role of literature and of the reader writing fiction is an art that wavers like a heat shimmer between oy at the prospect of becoming something else and despair at knowing that such a transformation is ultimately impossible Check it Out Robert Sheppard Editor in ChiefRobert SheppardEditor in ChiefWorld Literature ForumhttprobertalexandersheppardwordprAuthor Spiritus Mundi Novelhttpwwwgoodreadscombookshow17Copyright Robert Sheppard 2013 All Rights Reserved Really great collection of stories Hoshino NEEDS to be read and translated Serious imaginative political contemplative I didn t particularly like Milonga for a Melted Moon but that s because the Maruez influence is heavy and I freaking hate Maruez Kind of a mixed bag for me I see the Oe comparisons in Kyle Muntz s review Hoshino pushes further into metafiction and magic realism I really liked Paper Woman and No Fathers Club and enjoyed most of A Milonga for the Melted Moon not so keen on the restI m also not sure about Hoshino s device of switching first person narrators from paragraph to paragraph It was pretty interesting on first encounter but when it appeared in than one piece the novelty kind of wore off for me Incorporates some of that magical realism shit without making you feel like a fourteen year old girl which is cool not that there s anything wrong with feeling like a fourteen year old girl It s ust not my style This shit is spacey as fuck though and some of the stories do really fun stuff like blend the narration of multiple characters and a whole bunch of other crazy crap The story where the dude has sex with the ground and then meets some starving children is particularly awesome Check it out Oh I also wrote this other review where my voice discussing this book is maybe less annoying Here. Ch than he bargained for; a ournalist who investigates a poisoning at an elementary school and gets lost in an underworld of buried crimes secret societies and haunted forests; and two young killers exiled from Japan who find a new beginning as resistance fighters in Peru An afterword by translator and editor Brian Bergstrom and a new preface by Hoshino himself is also include.
I tried to avoid Oe san s writing but I have to agree with him on Hoshino san s works They resemble Abe Kobo s albeit they are much readable for me The only problem is that he likes to pour a bucket of cold water at the end of the story As a reader I liked to linger on that distant enchanting bewitching place a little bit even after the story ends Instead he yanked me back to reality The Nordic Varieties of Capitalism just before the last words Not a good feelingAnd the last story was a bit too much for me I tried so hard to immerse myself there it was so intriguing But in the end I could only stand on the sideline and watched the story went by So Iust finished this book with pretty mixed emotions I loved the short stories I do really enjoy Japanese writing and I think for the most part Hoshino was no different I didn t really like the novellas though A part of me felt like I wasn t even supposed to like the novellas I don t know I found it really challenging to read sometimes At points the writing was beautiful and had that particular style of magical realism that I love It was strange and wonderful and surreal At other points the writing was completely absurd and bizarre and I couldn t tell who the narrative voices wereSo I d say I loved most of this novel I think if I had read the acknowledgements at the end of the collection I would ve been able to understand it better but at that point I was pretty done with this bookSuch a mixed review but if you re new to magical realism or you aren t sure about Japanese authors I wouldn t pick this up can t make up my mind whether it was really good or really odd settling w mediocre since at times the plot was too confusing presumably on purpose or ust bizarre which in this concentration I m not a fan of Those of you who follow my Instagram stories know I m not the biggest fan of short story collections They tend to fall flat for me and be rather forgettable the second I place the book down The first half of this collection though WOW I still hav. By turns teasing and terrifying laconic and luminous the stories in this anthology are drawn from sources as diverse as Borges Nabokov Garcia Maruez and traditional Japanese folklore and yet they ultimately reside in a slyly subversive literary world that is all their own Blending an uncompromising ethical vision with exuberant free wheeling imagery and bracing formal experimen.
E no idea how Hoshino s stories would transition from being somewhat mundane and boring to an episode of Black Mirror Me while I was reading especially during Air Some of these short tales will stick with me forever if only because of how graphic and perverse they were I oftentimes found This was a really interesting collection though I ended up enjoying the short stories than the novellas which was a shame since the novellas made up of the book Hoshino reminds me of Kenzaburo Oe with his brutal explicitly political vision and this collection is mostly written with the same kind of grotesue realism though on occasion it does move into full blown surrealism The major standouts were No Father s Club and especially Paper Woman Even for a collection of short stories and novellas this isn t an easy read Once I mulled over the opaue stories a little and read the translator s essay at the end of the book I was struck at how amazingly unnerving these stories really are All of them feature characters in a state of transition from one definition of a person to another and many echo real events that happened in the last 10 years in Japan again reading the essay really gives a lot of helpful context My favorites were Don t let the innocent picture of birds on the cover fool you These stories are far disturbing than anything I ve read out of the Horror section in ages FROM THE WORLD LITERATURE FORUM CONTEMPORARY WORLD WRITERS SHOWCASE SERIES VIA GOODREADS ROBERT SHEPPARD EDITOR IN CHIEFRobert Sheppard s insightWorld Literature Forum invites you to Check Out We The Children of Cats by Japanese winner of the the 2011 e Kenzabur Literary Award Tomoyuki Hoshino This collection of related short stories explores climate change authoritarianism and the culture of fear Japanese majoritarian pressures to conform and the cult of suicide amoung young Japanese The story Chino tells a tale of globalization and crisis in national identity as the protagonist flees to a small Latin Ame. Tation the five short stories and three novellas included in We the Children of Cats show the full range and force of Hoshino’s imagination The stories include a man and woman who find their genders and sexualities brought radically into uestion when their bodies sprout new parts; a man who travels from Japan to Latin America in search of revolutionary purpose only to find mu.