There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2016. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. Passing near the trees always makes me think of the soft skins surrounding the nuts, squashed like caterpillars on the soles of the children’s shoes, and of the horrible odor they spread through the house.To the left of the ginkgo trees is the church, and at an angle beyond, connected by a covered corridor, the building we call the Light House. We'd rather ignore its ugliness, lest it spoil the beauty, but Ogawa takes us by the hand and makes us stare right at it. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder. Her gift is to both reveal and preserve the mystery of human nature.” ―Kathryn Harrison, bestselling author of The Kiss“Ogawa is original, elegant, very disturbing. They are all good. Then the gate, standing wide open, held back by a rusted chain that seems to prevent it from ever being closed.In fact, I have never seen it closed. The line of muscle from his ankle to his thigh has the cold elegance of a bronze statue.Sometimes I wish I could describe how wonderful I feel in those few seconds from the time he spreads his arms above his head, as if trying to grab hold of something, to the instant he vanishes into the water. This makes some Nobel laureates look rather amateurish. The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder. here is something about the good Asian writers that remind me their art work: a sense of careful choice and detail without revealing all that might be known. My family was here. By the end, I’m usually alone.A low hedge runs along the side of the road. To kick off our month celebrating the short novel, I've pulled together a list of novellas that I've reviewed on my blog over the last seven years! They are all good. Welcome back. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. It has it all - melancholy, questionable behaviour and obsession. Ogawa lets the story veer toward a conventionally sinister explanation, then swerves suddenly toward the outré. Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2020. Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2013. Her sister is pregnant, but as the pregnancy progresses, the aunt-to-be feels not excitement but disgust: "Her whole body is swelling before my eyes," she thinks, "like a giant tumor." Suffused with ambiguity, the story is structured as a diary, which reduces nine months to a series of disconnected moments, the writer's attention repeatedly hooked by odd preoccupations: egg yolk dripping from a fork "like yellow blood," or the resemblance of her sister's chewing lips to "the thighs of a sprinter.". Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2019. THE DIVING POOLIt’s always warm here: I feel as though I’ve been swallowed by a huge animal. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Depending on the viewer, it can induce wonder or a vague nausea. I admire any writer who dares to work on this uneasy territory--we're on the edge of the unspeakable. No one is ever turned away, not even me.Next to the gate is a glass-covered notice board with a neon light, and on it is posted the Thought for the Week: WHO IS MORE PRECIOUS? This is my first book by Yoko Ogawa, but I can guarantee that it won't be my last. Yoko Ogawa has been popping up in my feeds a lot lately, with generally rave reviews and comments about 'The Housekeeper and the Professor'. A lonely teenage girl falls in love with her foster brother as she watches him leap from a high diving board into a pool—a peculiar infatuation that sends unexpected ripples. Her works include The Diving Pool, a collection of three novellas; The Housekeeper and the Professor; Hotel Iris; and Revenge. While Pregnancy Diary was more personal and honest day to day experience, views and thoughts about the narrator's sister's pregnancy. So I never sit here hoping for a good dive, and I am never disappointed by a bad one. I thoroughly enjoyed our hero empowering herself and expressing love through brutal cruelty to another: Despite the fact I find Asian literature a bit unconventional, the more I read it, the more I like it. Praise for The Housekeeper and the Professor. In that sense it's different from losing something. It was a great introduction to a new author! —The New Yorker “The Memory Police is a masterpiece: a deep pool that can be experienced as fable or allegory, warning and illumination. Either way, there is always something irreconcilable between the house and me, something I can never get past.This was my home. But I love them! It was funnily absurd and very evocative. Pulitzer Prize–winning literary critic Michiko Kakutani, the former chief book critic of The New York Times, is the author of the newly... From Akutagawa Award-winning author Yoko Ogawa comes a haunting trio of novellas about love, fertility, obsession, and how even the most innocent gestures may contain a hairline crack of cruel intent. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Not quite as shocking as 'Revenge' but there were enough bits where I could feel my pulse in my throat. Man, does she have a way with words, and paragraphs! The Diving Pool: Three Novellas (Daibingu puru, ダイヴィング・プール, 1990; Ninshin karendā, 妊娠カレンダー, 1991; Dormitory, ドミトリイ, 1991); translated by Stephen Snyder, New York: Picador, 2008. You feel as if you've touched an icy hand.” ―Hilary Mantel, author of The Wolf Hall. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. not divers, pregnant women, or long lost cousins. 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