Posts Tagged With: Osaka Book Group

Book Review : The Voyeur’s Motel

Author: Gay Talese

If not for the Osaka Book Group, I probably would not have read this book. 

First of, I had not idea what Voyeur meant and was comfortable reading it in the train and in the office 🙂 

It was an interesting read. 

Show what kind of weirdness humans would do to satisfy their own fantasies. 

Although there were some discrepancies among the details of the story and if you try to create a timeline, some events would probably overlap and makes no sense.

It was an interesting read, but will I recommend it.. not really. If you are bored and out books to read maybe you can borrow from the library instead (if the have it)

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Book Review : The Folded Earth

Desperate to leave a private tragedy behind, Maya abandons herself to the rhythms of the little village, where people coexist peacefully with nature. But all is not as it seems, and she soon learns that no refuge is remote enough to keep out the modern world. When power-hungry politicians threaten her beloved mountain community, Maya finds herself caught between the life she left behind and the new home she is determined to protect.

By Anuradha Roy.

It’s one of those books that gives you a calm , serene feeling while you are reading.

Unfortunately though, I can get a connection with the main character Maya. I’m not sure if she is a strong woman or not.  She did defy her father when she decided to marry a foreigner and not somebody from her own caste, but after Micheal (her husband) died, she seems to have lost her zest for life.

On the other hand, I enjoy reading Charu’s adventure. For me, I think she is the best character in the book. She is feisty and full of life. She fights for what she wants when she wants and do not do the things that she finds useless.

It took me a little while to finish reading this book though. Every time there is a description about the mountain, I would have this feeling of going for a climb again or just be outdoor and enjoy instead of being coped up inside the house with the book.

I give it about 2.5 rating out of 5.

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Event : Book Discussion on Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club

For this coming July, the Osaka Book Group is doing Amy Tan’s “The Joy Luck Club”.

I have read this book more than 15 years ago  and fell in love with it, watched the movie and shed a bucket of tears.

If you are an Amy Tan fan or simply love to read and share your opinion and ideas about the book, then please join us over a cup of coffee or wine at Takamura Wine and Coffee Roasters.

A short introduction of the book:

The Joy Luck Club consists of sixteen interlocking stories about the lives of four Chinese immigrant mothers and their four American-born daughters. In 1949, the four mothers meet at the First Chinese Baptist Church in San Francisco and agree to continue to meet to play mah jong. They call their mah jong group the Joy Luck Club. The stories told in this novel revolve around the Joy Luck Club women and their daughters. Structurally, the novel is divided into four major sections, with two sections focusing on the stories of the mothers and two sections on the stories of the daughters.

 

Where :  Takamura Wine and Coffee Roasters

When : July 6, 2014

Time : 1 P.M. Onwards

Fee : Basically Free, just get a drink from the Shop.

If you are interested in joining this event, please comment here or you can contact me on the Event Page.

 

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Book: Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is the first book of the Ice and Fire Series written by George RR Martin.

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne

By now you probably would have heard about this book or the show.

This was the  book that was discussed during my second meeting with the Osaka Book Group.

My impression of this book? Awesome. Well I’m probably biased but what can I say I really fell in love with the book, the characters and everything in it.

My favorite character? The Imp or commonly known as Tyrion Lannister. He is smart, witty and full of humor and sometimes an ass but that is what made him really interesting.

I could go on and on and on about why you need to read this book and its good and bad point, but what’s the point right? It’s much better to read it and enjoy.

Any GoT fans out there? What do you think of this book.

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Osaka Book Group

After all these years of living in Osaka, I finally found them.

The first time I joined the group, they were going to discuss the book “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry“, I left early to be there a few minutes before everybody starts showing up but unfortunately I was at the wrong place.

I tried to contact the organizer through their Facebook page but it seems he does not have a smartphone. Fortunately, somebody finally answered and to make the story short, I got there 30 minutes later.

I felt so embarrassed being late but the host was very gracious and even apologize which of course was not necessary since it was not his fault.

A little introduction, I only remember few of the names, then we continued with our lunch. It was my lucky day, since the original founder of the group , a nice lady from Scotland, was visiting Japan  and I had the chance to meet with her.

Everybody was very nice and accommodating, welcoming me warmly into the group. So after a little while I was busily chatting with them already, and it felt like I’ve known them for so long.

We had a very nice discussion of the book , exploring the different angles and discussing each of our impression. Everybody was given a chance to talk. Nobody was dominating the whole conversation which was really nice.

Being the newest member, they asked me what books I liked and the first thing that came out of my mouth was Sci-Fi and Fantasy books. Suffice it to say, we started talking about Game of Thrones and was decided that we will do this book for the next meeting.

The reading time was set for 2 months. A long time in my opinion but we all have different work schedules and several have travel plans so I guess it was the shortest possible time we could meet again.

Earlier this month we finally met again and I invited some members from my meetup group and we had a blast. We had a very lively conversation, debating and discussing the different characters and plots of the story. Some of the new members are big fan of the book so we had lots of reviews and opinions to share.

Our discussion even continued in the Facebook page and was still very interesting.

The next book group will be this coming July 6th, and we are going to discuss Amy Tan’s “The Joy Luck Club” . You can see the details in the Unusual Work Schedule Meetup Group or you can find the group’s Facebook “Osaka Book Group”.

 

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