In a library located in the next town where I live, I picked up the latest issue of the New Yorker and flipped through into the book review page. To my surprise, the first book introduced on that section was a work of a Japanese author called Yoshida Shuuichi. I rarely read Japanese novels, so I have no idea who the author was and what the theme of the introduced book was about.
Villain: A Novel
Expecting the least, I shoved up my kindle3 from my bag and connected to the Amazon shop to see if the book is available with a kindle format. I had not expected to find one, but my hunch luckily failed to be true and the kindle version is already there. As you can guess, it didn't take me a long before I started to download the free file.
I won't be making an entry especially about this book if my story ends here, but downloading the free version was the beginning of an appallingly pleasing story for me, who once lived in Kyushu area, the Southeast part of Japan.
I started to read the first several sentences, then What a coincidence!, there came so many familiar names of cities or roads in Fukuoka and Saga prefecture, Mitsuse, Sefuri, Sawara, Omura, Takeo, you name it. I was terribly excited to read them because, up until four years ago, I was living close to that very area. I passed through the area where the book talks about almost every month and enjoyed playing at parks and soaking myself in hot springs with my family. Good old days～
The free pages are packed with so many familiar things and kept me reminding of the happy days. That inevitably temped me into reading the reviews and I found the book was highly promising. One reviewer even went so far as to compare the author to some big names in Japanese literature such as Mishima Yukio and Abe Koubou. I didn't take it into much consideration about the relatively high price of the book on kindle version and clicked the buy button soon after I reached the final page of the free material.
Now, I started to wonder if I should read the original Japanese story and see how successfully the translation conveys the essence of the Japanese. I opened the public liberally page on the net and looked for the title, then I was greatly disappointed . I have to wait more than one hundred people waiting for the book before I can put my hand on the book. Anyway, the book turned to be a very popular one.
Next, I checked Amazon Japan and my pleasant journey of investigating the book abruptly came to an end and I ran into the very book which many people might be quite familiar these days. The book is the original of the movie, I think it's now on show, whose main actress was recently awarded the first prize at the Montreal Movie festival.
I've read about eight percent of the book yesterday and still I'm not sure it will turn out to be a splendid read or not.
So, this is the story about how the kindle successfully leads you into buying books one after another with almost non-hesitation... But I'm willingly ready to be a victim for my kindle by now...