Thursday, July 24, 2008

Double Fault and Midori By Moonlight

I've just finished Lionel Shriver's “Double Fault” (also by the author are two of my favourite books: “We need to talk about Kevin” and “Post birthday world”). Ostensibly about tennis, “Double Fault” centres on the sense of competition between husband and wife, and on the myriad of ways in which our loved ones hurt us. It’s depressing. It’s thought-provoking. It’s beautiful.

In contract to that is chick lit "Midori By Moonlight". The protagonist is a Japanese woman in USA. Freshly out of her native country, Midori adores all things Western and she’ll do anything not to have to go back to Japan. I get enchanted by things Japanese, and this book is a useful reminder about how oppressive their society actually is. A quick light read.

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