Tomoyuki Hoshino: われら猫の子

Me Air 45 Stars What the fuck but also what the fuck When I spoke about graphic and perverse earlier THIS WAS THE STORY I WAS MAINLY TALKING ABOUT No amount of mind bleach will wipe away the imagery I developed reading that final air dick and air vagina scene Yes Yes you read that right This story gets all the points simply because it was 100% memorable and cringe worthy unless scabs blood etc turns you on and completely understandable I sympathized with the main two characters even whilst I was shaking my head no during that sex scene NovellasSand Planet 2 Stars Jarringly long compared to the previous stories At the time I didn t catch that it was the beginning of the novellas sections and so I felt like it went on forever There were too many descriptors and internal monologues in my opinion the whole thing ust read as boring ShrugTreason Diary 35 Stars A murder y tale that was captivating at moments to read and not so much during others I may reread this particular short story in the future as I do think it s one that I may grow to enjoy the diverse genre readingstylistic experience I have under my belt A Milonga for the Melted Moon 2 Stars Already forgot about this one That should tell you all you need to know ESPECIALLY since it s the most recent one I read I can tell you that it was decently written and didn t invoke any feelings of anger so thats a plus FROM THE WORLD LITERATURE FORUM CONTEMPORARY WORLD WRITERS SHOWCASE SERIES VIA GOODREADS ROBERT SHEPPARD EDITOR IN CHIEFRobert Sheppard s insightWorld Literature Forum invites you to Check Out We The Children of Cats by Japanese winner of the the 2011 e Kenzabur Literary Award Tomoyuki Hoshino This collection of related short stories explores climate change authoritarianism and the culture of fear Japanese majoritarian pressures to conform and the cult of suicide amoung young Japanese The story Chino tells a tale of globalization and crisis in national identity as the protagonist flees to a small Latin American nation to eradicate all Japaneseness from his being Hoshino focuses on the pre doomed nature of such uests for modern transformation including sex changes and body modificaitons linked to the flawed role of literature and of the reader writing fiction is an art that wavers like a heat shimmer between Eros Unbound (Great Loves, joy at the prospect of becoming something else and despair at knowing that such a transformation is ultimately impossible Check it Out Robert Sheppard Editor in ChiefRobert SheppardEditor in ChiefWorld Literature ForumhttprobertalexandersheppardwordprAuthor Spiritus Mundi Novelhttpwwwgoodreadscombookshow17Copyright Robert Sheppard 2013 All Rights Reserved I tried to avoid Oe san s writing but I have to agree with him on Hoshino san s works They resemble Abe Kobo s albeit they are much readable for me The only problem is that he likes to pour a bucket of cold water at the end of the story As a reader I liked to linger on that distant enchanting bewitching place a little bit even after the story ends Instead he yanked me back to realityust before the last words Not a good feelingAnd the last story was a bit too much for me I tried so hard to immerse myself there it was so intriguing But in the end I could only stand on the sideline and watched the story went by. Ch than he bargained for; a ournalist who investigates a poisoning at an elementary school and gets lost in an underworld of buried crimes secret societies and haunted forests; and two young killers exiled from Japan who find a new beginning as resistance fighters in Peru An afterword by translator and editor Brian Bergstrom and a new preface by Hoshino himself is also include.

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Kind of a mixed bag for me I see the Oe comparisons in Kyle Muntz s review Hoshino pushes further into metafiction and magic realism I really liked Paper Woman and No Fathers Club and enjoyed most of A Milonga for the Melted Moon not so keen on the restI m also not sure about Hoshino s device of switching first person narrators from paragraph to paragraph It was pretty interesting on first encounter but when it appeared in than one piece the novelty kind of wore off for me can t make up my mind whether it was really good or really odd settling w mediocre since at times the plot was too confusing presumably on purpose or ust bizarre which in this concentration I m not a fan of Even for a collection of short stories and novellas this isn t an easy read Once I mulled over the opaue stories a little and read the translator s essay at the end of the book I was struck at how amazingly unnerving these stories really are All of them feature characters in a state of transition from one definition of a person to another and many echo real events that happened in the last 10 years in Japan again reading the essay really gives a lot of helpful context My favorites were Don t let the innocent picture of birds on the cover fool you These stories are far disturbing than anything I ve read out of the Horror section in ages This was a really interesting collection though I ended up enjoying the short stories than the novellas which was a shame since the novellas made up of the book Hoshino reminds me of Kenzaburo Oe with his brutal explicitly political vision and this collection is mostly written with the same kind of grotesue realism though on occasion it does move into full blown surrealism The major standouts were No Father s Club and especially Paper Woman Really great collection of stories Hoshino NEEDS to be read and translated Serious imaginative political contemplative I didn t particularly like Milonga for a Melted Moon but that s because the Maruez influence is heavy and I freaking hate Maruez So I Mes recettes au baby-robot just finished this book with pretty mixed emotions I loved the short stories I do really enjoy Japanese writing and I think for the most part Hoshino was no different I didn t really like the novellas though A part of me felt like I wasn t even supposed to like the novellas I don t know I found it really challenging to read sometimes At points the writing was beautiful and had that particular style of magical realism that I love It was strange and wonderful and surreal At other points the writing was completely absurd and bizarre and I couldn t tell who the narrative voices wereSo I d say I loved most of this novel I think if I had read the acknowledgements at the end of the collection I would ve been able to understand it better but at that point I was pretty done with this bookSuch a mixed review but if you re new to magical realism or you aren t sure about Japanese authors I wouldn t pick this up Incorporates some of that magical realism shit without making you feel like a fourteen year old girl which is cool not that there s anything wrong with feeling like a fourteen year old girl It sust not my style This shit is spacey as fuck though and some of the stories do really fun stuff like blend the narration of multiple char. By turns teasing and terrifying laconic and luminous the stories in this anthology are drawn from sources as diverse as Borges Nabokov Garcia Maruez and traditional Japanese folklore and yet they ultimately reside in a slyly subversive literary world that is all their own Blending an uncompromising ethical vision with exuberant free wheeling imagery and bracing formal experimen.

Acters and a whole bunch of other crazy crap The story where the dude has sex with the ground and then meets some starving children is particularly awesome Check it out Oh I also wrote this other review where my voice discussing this book is maybe less annoying Here Those of you who follow my Instagram stories know I m not the biggest fan of short story collections They tend to fall flat for me and be rather forgettable the second I place the book down The first half of this collection though WOW I still have no idea how Hoshino s stories would transition from being somewhat mundane and boring to an episode of Black Mirror Me while I was reading especially during Air Some of these short tales will stick with me forever if only because of how graphic and perverse they were I oftentimes found myself unable to put my kindle down until I reached the end of that particular story which is a rarity for me When I say I normally dislike these types of collections I mean it The only reason I picked up this novel in the first place was to satisfy criteria for my Read Harder Challenge of 2018 which demanded I d read a work in translation Anyways onto the individual mini reviewsStoriesPaper Woman 4 Stars Becoming a mother is the same as becoming an author My first what the hell did I get myself into reaction I was not expecting to be unable to tear my eyes away from a story where a woman was erotically satisfied by being used as a book Obviously there was a deeper meaning entwined into this story as with all of them but the delivery was kind of hard to get passed The only reason I didn t give this short story a full five stars was because the beginning was a bit confusing The No Fathers Club 335 Stars Although this story was engaging something about it fell flat for me in relation to the protagonist We somehow go from playing soccer with no ball to forming a club for kids with dead fathers who pretend they re alive 247 Yes this was my second what the fuck am I reading reaction lol The premise was interesting but idk something was missing and it wasn t ust his dad Chino 25 Stars This guy was the epitome of richpeopleproblems The idea of finding purpose in a third world country because you can t hang in the tedious world that is your high class life has always annoyed me This character s actions ust came across as so stupid to me that I couldn t rate it higher than I did even though his reaction to the bombing and thought process on the bus were mildly amusingWe the Children of Cats 4 Stars It s hard to find a reason for living these days It s simply no longer the case that having children or starting a family will automatically give you one A whirlwind of emotions Initially I thought this story was going to be suspenseful what with the secret recording and all that and then it turned surprisingly sweet This is the tale in which the meaning came across clearly and impactfully and left you satisfied with somewhat of an open ending The couple in this story spoke of the act of giving birth and pregnancy and their relative reservations and yearnings for it in such a profound manner that I found myself not caring about the fact that it s never actually stated whether or not they plan on having a child They ll figure it out in their own ti. Tation the five short stories and three novellas included in We the Children of Cats show the full range and force of Hoshino’s imagination The stories include a man and woman who find their genders and sexualities brought radically into uestion when their bodies sprout new parts; a man who travels from Japan to Latin America in search of revolutionary purpose only to find mu.