Tag Archive | 20th century lit

Fun Facts About Alice Munro – And Why You Should Be a Fan

Alice Munro, Canadian short story writer extraordinaire, was given the book world’s greatest honour in the form of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. The lady just seems so down-to-earth, full of humility and class. Here are a few fun things about Munro and her award that just may make you love her even more. […]

The subtle nuances of snow

Snow Country – Yasunari Kawabata, translated from Japanese, Tuttle Publishing, 1996, first published in English in 1956, 175 pages Living in Japan has inspired a slight foray into Japanese literature, and Snow Country was recommended by a few friends as a modern Japanese classic. I was especially interested in this novel as I live in  part of Japan that […]

Summer reading, in short.

Summer reading, in short.

Somewhere in between the unbearably muggy days, weekend daytrips, going back to Canada for a visit, and coaching Japanese junior high kids for the English speech contest (success! we brought home a trophy), my stack of books has been growing but none of them seem to be getting finished. This clearly has to something to […]

Holmes vs. Hound

The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1902 Finished June 2, 2012 Right now I live in Japan. Turns out Japanese people are familiar with Sherlock Holmes too. One of my students wrote that he enjoyed the movie with his family (“Shaaroku Hoomuzu” could have no other meaning). Another girl named her cat […]