Though I finished reading a couple of books in the last two months, I couldn’t get the time to review any of them as I was traveling extensively. Before I get busy with some more trips planned in the coming few months, I thought of reviewing some books when their characters and stories are still fresh in my mind.
Today’s book- Death by water is written by a Japanese author – Kenzaburo Oe. Kenzaburo Oe is a Nobel prize winner for literature. This book was long-listed for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.
Reading comments like “Buy, borrow or steal this book”, made me really excited to pick it up during one of my visits to a book store, last year.
The book ‘s main character Kogito Choko is an old and famous Japanese writer trying to work on his last book.
As a kid, Kogito Choko witnessed the drowning of his father in a river near his village. Engulfed in certain guilt and trauma of those haunting memories, he returns back to his home town with the hope of finding answers related to his father’s death and his controversial connection to the post world war –II right-wing extremists, in the red suitcase which his father had left behind.
The book also covers the daily life challenges of an aging man who is trying to prepare for death while also struggling to work on his last book – a major project of his life in which he wants to fictionalize the death of his father.
Of course the book is written beautifully and in the beginning, I was enjoying it a lot. However, somehow I found it difficult to focus on the book, especially when the character Unaiko was around.
It was a challenge for me to enjoy all the frequent and lengthy descriptions related to the theater and plays.
Another thing which I didn’t like in the book was a part towards the climax where one of the characters gets kidnapped. I felt it was too dramatic like an old Bollywood movie. Something which you don’t expect in books of this stature.
Overall the experience was not very good. I finished this book just because I didn’t want to leave a book half read. My rating for the book is 2/5.
However, if you have an interest in theater, you may enjoy this book.
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