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Plainsong (Japanese Literature (Dalkey)) (Japanese Literature Series) Paperback – 26 Jul 2011


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Plainsong is Kazushi Hosaka s debut novel. Aside from his well-known love of cats, he is also fond of shogi (Japanese chess) and has written a book analyzing one of the premier players of the game. Paul Warham grew up in Lancashire and moved to Japan before studying at Oxford University and Harvard. The translator of Satoshi Azuchi s Supermarket and Kenzo Kitakata s The Cage, he is currently based in Tokyo.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A quiet and pleasant read, very natural. 27 Dec. 2014
By Sye Sye - Published on Amazon.com
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The title says it nicely, Plainsong (Purensongu). It is truly a slice of life. An unnamed narrator goes about his life slowly becoming aware of the things and people in it. A very quiet and pleasant book, nothing to bring tears, suspense or breathless emotion. I have been looking for books like this but they often seem artificial, contrived or too eventful. I hope we see more from Kazushi Hosaka, and from the wonderful Dalkey Archive Press.

I had similar feelings reading Strange Weather in Tokyo, by Hiromi Kawakami, Still Life and Evening Clouds, by Junzo Shono, and Parade, by Shuichi Yoshida, although these two books had more of a story line and lead to more emotional investment.
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