Books: Naomi by Junichiro Tanizaki

Haven’t been blogging much as I have been quite emotionally caught up in the Singapore Presidential Elections, our first since I was young girl who didn’t care much about politics. This time it also seems like a real contest.

I’ve also finally got back to reading and want to strongly recommend a post World War I book written in the 1920s, translated from Japanese. I didn’t expect it to be this good but it held me from the beginning to the end. It’s the first time I am reading a book by Junichiro Tanizaki and it makes me want to pick up more of his novels. Naomi is a sort of satire about Japanese culture’s fascination with the West told in the form of a man’s obession with a modern girl. It reminded me quite a lot of Lolita and I never imagined I would feel any empathy for the protagonst at first. It’s quite a funny and passionate book and I would strongly recommend it.

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2 Responses to Books: Naomi by Junichiro Tanizaki

  1. scrambled7 says:

    Will check it out 🙂

  2. Thanks for the book recommendation. I’ve been reading lots of novels recently. Hope I can find this one at the library!

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